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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.
Rally and Protest at Driscoll's Berry Store and Distribution Center Saturday Sep 24th 10:25 PM
Familias Unidas por la Justicia Announce Next Steps after Historic Win Thursday Sep 22nd 8:26 PM
Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference Wednesday Sep 21st 11:17 AM
We Clarify and Reiterate the Driscoll’s Boycott is in Full Force Tuesday Sep 20th 12:30 PM
Aclaramos de Manera Reiterada Que el Boicot a Driscoll’s Sigue Con Más Fuerza Tuesday Sep 20th 12:22 PM
Honduras - 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections May Pivot On Substance Monday Sep 19th 2:30 PM
36th anniversary CISPES/FMLN: Party for Migrant Justice Friday Sep 16th 7:13 PM
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Dina Gilio Whitaker speak about American Indians. Wednesday Sep 14th 2:29 PM
FWP Applauds Resolution to Four-Year Labor Dispute Between Farmworkers and Supplier to Driscoll's Berries Wednesday Sep 14th 2:26 PM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect West Coast Whales From Dying in Nets Monday Sep 12th 10:36 AM
New Report Links Zika Virus to Steep Increase in Birth Defects in Brazil Friday Sep 9th 8:36 AM
WA Farmworkers to Vote on Union / Mexico Farmworkers Continue Driscoll's Boycott Thursday Sep 8th 5:55 PM
Driscoll's Boycott Continues 9-4-2016 Monday Sep 5th 11:05 AM
US and Puerto Rico Faith Groups Send Congress Recommendations on Island's Crisis Friday Sep 2nd 1:26 PM
Understanding Migration from El Salvador/ the impact of US policy Wednesday Aug 31st 9:28 PMMore News...