top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Tue Dec 17 2013 (Updated 12/19/13)
Widened Panama Canal Threatens Environment and Public Health
Tue Dec 17 2013 (Updated 12/19/13)
North Atlantic Right Whale May Be Just One of the Casualties of Harbor Expansions
The Obama administration’s push to modernize U.S. ports to accommodate huge new ships that can pass through the widened Panama Canal worries environmentalists who believe U.S. coastlines will be subjected to enormous damage and coastal residents will face increased health risks. For marine life already threatened by shipping traffic, like the majestic right whale, the odds are even tougher.

The right whales were already hunted to near extinction when they received international protection in the mid-twentieth century, and only about 400 of the North Atlantic species remain. Each winter the whales migrate south to critical habitat along the coastline from Savannah, Ga., to Jacksonville, Fla., to give birth they go through the delicate process of separating children from their mothers, known as calving. Today, the biggest threats to the dark gray whales are ships that can strike them and fishing gear in which they can become entangled.

In the frenzy among cities to deepen harbors, expand railways and improve roads for truck traffic in order to be one of the ports to attract mega ships once the Panama Canal is enlarged in 2015, the North Atlantic right whale may be just one of the casualties.

Read More
01/16/17 120 Hours of Direct Action Across the Bay Area to Reclaim King's Legacy & Reject Trump Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Labor & Workers | San Francisco | East Bay | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights01/14/17 State's Proposal Shrugs Off Voters' Approval of Ban on Oil Waste Injection Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia01/14/17 Fruitvale Community Further Marginalized in Politicization of Ghost Ship Fire Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Arts + Action | East Bay01/14/17 Lead Poisoning in Oakland's Fruitvale District Is Worse Than Flint Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | East Bay01/02/17 National Day of Action to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal After New U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay | U.S. | International12/25/16 Christmastime Protest Attempts to Cross Checkpoint Between Bethlehem and Jerusalem Front Page | International | Palestine12/20/16 Santa Cruz County Ranked Second for Agricultural Pesticide Illnesses in 2014 Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia12/19/16 Civil Rights Groups Sue Caltrans to Stop Illegal Raids Against California’s Homeless Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | San Francisco | East Bay | California | Government & Elections12/18/16 Hundreds March, Rally, Demand $15 and a Union at the San Francisco Airport Front Page | Labor & Workers | San Francisco | U.S.12/18/16 Senator Boxer Calls Corporate Agribusiness Rider to Water Bill a "Devastating Maneuver" Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | U.S. | Government & Elections12/18/16 #DisruptJ20: Nationwide and Bay Area Call-outs for General Strike Against Trump Front Page | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Education & Student Activism | Womyn | Central Valley | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | Peninsula | North Bay / Marin | California | U.S. | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: Americas | International | U.S. | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Front Page
Indigenous Armed Group Created in the Mountains of Guerrero Ruptura Colectiva Thursday Dec 15th 5:35 PM
Evicted Okupa Chanti Ollin Calls for Solidarity El Enemigo Común (1 comment) Wednesday Dec 14th 1:47 PM
Chanti Ollin, Okupa Desalojada, Hace Una Llamada Para La Solidaridad El Enemigo Común (1 comment) Wednesday Dec 14th 1:43 PM
Convergence at the Border Berkeley Report Back Cynthia Johnson Tuesday Dec 6th 11:07 PM
Immigration and Free Trade Policies Karl Kramer Sunday Nov 27th 6:27 AM
Ciudad de México: Chanti Ollin denuncia desalojo violento El Enemigo Común (1 comment) Saturday Nov 26th 2:53 PM
Mexico City: Chanti Ollin Denounces Violent Eviction El Enemigo Común (1 comment) Saturday Nov 26th 2:42 PM
Fidel Castro 1926-2016 Que Viva La Revolucion Cubana Friday Nov 25th 11:12 PM
More News...