Subject: Case Study: BRF--Whales-Pollution (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Thu, 2 May 1996 18:29:54 -0400 (EDT)

What is the ozone problem?
How does pollution affect the whales?
How might a climate change affect the whales?

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Date: Thu, 2 May 96 02:52:00 UTC 0000
Subject: 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.