Study: Underwater noise hurts whale communication – WSJ.com
“Researchers say increasing amounts of underwater noise, largely from shipping traffic, are enveloping rare right whales in “acoustic smog” that makes it harder for them to communicate.
The endangered North Atlantic right whale relies far more on sound than sight, using distinctive noises to maintain contact.
A paper by federal scientists and Cornell University researchers published Wednesday estimates that in the last 50 years, the area where the whales can effectively communicate in Stellwagen Bank and surrounding waters off Massachusetts has fallen by two-thirds because of the noise.”
– “In Arctic oil battle, Shell starts preliminary drilling”
“Welcomed by the Obama administration, the exploration in Alaska’s Arctic waters has become a major battleground for environmental groups, which fear oil spills in the pristine area already threatened by warming temperatures and reduced sea ice.
“The melting Arctic is a dire warning, not an invitation to make a quick buck,” said Dan Howells, a campaign director for Greenpeace,” quoting Miguel Llanos, NBC News.
– “Banned Food: From the Strictly Controlled to the Downright Illegal”
“Just because it’s edible doesn’t mean it’s legal. There are some foods that federal and state governments ban or severely restrict because of health concerns, to preserve a species, or even in response to inhumane preparation methods. Check out some dishes and ingredients currently banned in the U.S., plus some recently made legal.
Banned: Twenty-one states ban the sale of raw milk. Some states permit sale in stores, while others only allow sale direct from farms in small quantities.
Reason: Unpasteurized, or “raw,” milk was a household staple in U.S. homes before late-19th-century implementation of pasteurization techniques intended to make milk safer. Laws banning raw milk are meant to protect consumers from harmful bacteria, but proponents of raw milk argue that current standards in farm sanitation make the unpasteurized liquid safe to drink,” quoting Delish.com.
Ed. Note: At least we can still acquire “raw milk” in Washington. Everyone should be able to buy raw milk in this country. To ban raw milk is no longer responsible as controls on this product are just as tight if not tighter than any other food and more so than any imported food products with a Made in China label.