What is the ozone problem? How does pollution affect the whales? How might a climate change affect the whales? ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Thu, 2 May 96 02:52:00 UTC 0000 From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: BRF--Whales-Pollution BRF--Whales-Pollution CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The world's whales are more threatened by climate change, ozone depletion and pollution than by whaling, International Whaling Commission chairman Peter Bridgewater said Wednesday. International efforts to revitalize whale populations, such as the establishment of sanctuaries and the IWC whaling ban, has led to a much healthier general population, Bridgewater said. Aside from a few nations, such as Japan and Norway, enthusiasm for commercial whaling has waned. "The biggest danger to whales is ... global change," Bridgewater said, addressing a lecture series on whales at the National Science and Technology Center. "By global change I mean not only climatic change, but also other effects, such as the ozone hole, and the spread of pollutants." Bridgewater said evidence of the direct effects of chemical pollutants on whales, dolphins, and porpoises was still circumstantial. The IWC has urged its member countries to focus on researching and monitoring the issue. An IWC meeting in June will consider a report on the likely impact of climate change.