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Story ran on Huffington Post October 29, 2012

On October 23, 2015 Hurricane Patricia, a category 5 barreled into Mexico making it the strongest storm to ever reach landfall. Warming ocean temperatures from burning heat-trapping, climate-altering, subsidized fossil fuels are creating new monster storms.

Never have two hurricanes made landfall in Hawaii in one year, never mind two in three days.

In 2010 and 2011, we saw 19 storms, the record was set in 2005 with an astounding 27 storms. The weather is getting wilder so let’s take a much closer look at hurricanes.

Hurricanes are nature’s fiercest storms, with about 18 occurring each year.

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From Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s The Drum January 4, 2013

In the 20th century humans slaughtered 1.5 million whales. It’s time now to end the whale hunt and The War Against Nature, writes Earth Dr Reese Halter.

Four Japanese whaling boats have once again set sail for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. And four Sea Shepherd Conservation Society boats with 120 crew representing 26 nations are waiting to intercept and stop them.

It is without a doubt the most courageous and perhaps meaningful fight in The War Against Nature as the new year of 2013 commences.

This year the stakes are at an all-time high as the Japanese have armed coast guards on their boats, and a recent ruling by the US Court of Appeals stated that Sea Shepherd boats are to remain at least 500 yards from whaling vessels.

Led by their founder Paul Watson the Sea Shepherd has recently added a new fourth vessel – in a twist of fate, buying a former Japanese meteorological research boat with a gift from Sam Simon, one of the creators of the television cartoon series The Simpsons. And the Sea Shepherd has just appointed Dr Bob Brown, a long-time environmental champion and former Greens leader to their Australian board of directors. With two helicopters and three aerial drones, their largest-ever battle has daring goals: Zero Tolerance: Zero Cruelty: Zero Kills.

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California Lutheran University Climate Change student assessment of Earth Dr Reese Halter's class

Story ran in Huffington Post August 30, 2010

The diversity of life on our planet is astounding. And given enough time and careful management of our natural resources, science will find cures for most of the ailments that afflict humankind.

Between 40 and 90 million North Americans suffer from pain. It’s the most common reason that people visit physicians. The annual cost of medical bills and lost wages easily exceeds $100 billion. Sales of morphine and morphine-derived products in the U.S. alone cost $650 million per year. Morphine is addictive, constipating and causes respiratory distress; and over time more of it is needed to obtain relief.

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Operation Apex Harmony Sea Shepherd Australia -- Earth Dr Reese Halter

Help protect sharks by supporting Operation Apex Harmony. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Australia

Story ran in Huffington Post August 26, 2014

Each year, looting Earth’s forests, its animals, waterways, wetlands, coral reefs and its oceans account for $400 billion in commerce.

Join Earth Dr Reese Halter in another segment of SOS from Los Angeles as he shows us the gruesome global ecocide rampage.

This ecocide rampage is run by organized crime and, in part, fueled by Big Oil subsidies in excess of $1.9 trillion annually.

About 1.1 billion people, or 15 percent of the human race, depends upon killing our living planet for their daily livelihood. This also includes enslaving millions of children.

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Giant Squid filmed in Pacific, January 8, 2013

Giant squids measuring in excess of 60 feet and weighing a whopping 1,275 pounds are the most mysterious and the least known gigantic critter on Earth.

Cephalopods – from the Greek “head-footed” – have at least eight arms, and this includes all octopuses; cuttlefishes and squids have two additional tentacles that they can shoot out to capture prey. Chambered nautilus – the most primitive of all living Cephalopods have as many as 90 arms.

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Fins are the second largest whales to swim the seas, They play a crucial ecological role in fertilizing the seas. Photo credit:

Story ran in Huffington Post June 27, 2014

The rapacious ‘War Against Nature’ and whales resumed last week in the northern seas. Iceland slaughtered its first endangered Fin whale and Japan massacred 30 Northern Minke whales.

Last year, the Icelandic government unilaterally increased its ocean-killing quota by authorizing death warrants for 770 endangered Fin, in addition to 1,145 Northern Minke whales, over the next five years.

Join Earth Dr Reese Halter from Los Angeles for another segment of SOS as he tells us about about loathsome North Sea poachers, and what you can do to make a difference!

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Captain Paul Watson and Earth Dr Reese Halter outside Le Pain Quotidien in West Hollywood, California. Photo credit: Lisa Agabian, Sea Shepherd USA.

Story ran on Huffington Post April 9, 2014

As rescuers continue to frantically search for disappeared Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 a thousand miles or so west of Perth, Australia, one thing has become very apparent: The Indian Ocean is full of millions of tons of plastic. Did you know that 3.5 million pieces of plastic enter the oceans 24/7, 365 or the equivalent of 20 million tons a year?

Most plastics entering our oceans breakdown into ‘microplastic’ or diminutive pieces that resemble confetti, and sealife mistake those microplastics for food. So now millions of seabirds, tens of thousands of sea turtles and billions of fish are filled with pieces of plastic. By the way, microplastics act as powerful sponges for oceanic toxins such as: DDT, methyl-mercury, BPA, phalates, PCBs and flame-retardants. What we do to the oceans we do to ourselves. Clearly, the safety of seafood is in dire jeopardy.

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