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Japanese whaling fleet's harpoon vessel, Yushin Maru No. 2, with the slaughtered minke whale in Mackenzie Bay. Photo credit: Glenn Lockitch / Sea Shepherd Australia

Story ran in Huffington Post June 13, 2014

The ruthless ‘War Against Whales’ is set to resume in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The only uncertainty is whether it will it commence in December of 2014 or 2015.


Join Earth Dr Reese Halter in another segment of SOS as he reports on the ‘War Against Whales.’

On Monday, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the parliament that he would boost his efforts to recommence commercial whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary despite the ruling on March 31 by the International Court of Justice, upholding Australia’s bid to ban whaling in the sanctuary.

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Story ran on Malibu Times Blog April 6, 2013

Of 80,000 different kinds of trees on our planet, there can only be one king of the race. The Sequoias of the Sierra Nevadas hold that undisputed title.

It is fitting that the largest trees in the world—Sequoias, or as they are affectionately called, “Big Trees”—live on the spectacular snowy Sierra Nevada mountains, the backbone of California. On the west side, at the elevation of between 4,500 and 7,200 feet above sea level, 18 feet of snow fall each year. And incidentally, it’s this snow which sustains most of our 40 million inhabitants and millions of tourists each year.

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Dr Bob Brown championed the preservation of the Franklin River in Tasmania in the 1980s. He is indeed one of the greatest environmental heroes in the history of Australia. Photo credit: Mercury News.

Story on Huffington Post April 3, 2014

The new moon of March 31, 2014 ushered in a long overdue win for the whales of the Great Southern Ocean and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

For 10 consecutive years, Sea Shepherd has mounted direct-action campaigns to protect the remaining threatened and endangered great whales within an Antarctica’s International Whale Sanctuary from bloodthirsty, ocean-killing, Japanese grenade-tipped harpoons. Sea Shepherd has saved 6,000 whales from torturous deaths, which can last as long as 50 minutes.

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Torrey Pine State Reserve, Del Mar California

Story ran in Malibu Times August 27, 2013

Coastal ecosystems in southern California’s mountains are breathtaking. They have been sculpted by millions of years of climate change and Nature’s ecological broom – fire.

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The SSS Steve Irwin and SSS Bob Barker protecting the Southern Ocean Sanctuary from Japanese whale poachers and the factory processing Nissan Maru.
Photo credit: Eliza Muirhead / Sea Shepherd Australia.

Huffington Post December 28, 2013

*This broadcast was given for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio 1, Science Unit as an Ockham’s Razor talk. The text in its entirety is below.

Australia, Radio 1, National: Ockham’s Razor: The War Against Nature

^ I dedicate this broadcast to my late friend Dr Robert “Bobby” F. Steinberg – he loved the dolphins and our oceans, and unstintingly believed in my mission: Rest in Peace Dear Bobby!

There’s a crisis of epic proportion occurring on our planet 24/7, 365: ‘The War Against Nature’ has become a prolonged looting spree — plundering terrestrial and oceanic wildlife on a global tear never witnessed before. The fact that the Mafia, Syndicate, Cartel and Triad’s are involved heavily in shark fining, slaughtering bluefin tuna, massacring rhinos, elephants and tigers — as the demand for rhino horns, elephant ivory, fur and animals parts skyrockets — means these incredible beasts and others have no chance whatsoever to continue to live on planet Earth.

What kind of a world are we leaving for our children?

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The Great Barrier Reef is an exquisite hotbed of life chocked with a rich array of biodiversity, which is crucial to the health and well-being of our oceans. Infuriatingly, it is dying quickly.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Sydney) Local Radio – How Bad is the War Against Nature January 4, 2014

Sydney Morning Herald February 4, 2014

CAnberra Times February 4, 2014

WA Today February 4, 2014

Brisbane Times February 4, 2014

The Age February 4, 2014

The Queensland and federal governments’ mining push is a catastrophe in the making, write Dr Helen Caldicott and Dr Reese Halter.

The rampant destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, given the green light last Friday by the federal government, epitomises the values of our modern world. “Economic development” and “jobs” reign supreme while our reef, one of the seven wonders of the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is in great jeopardy.

Home to endangered dugongs, glorious endangered sea turtles and corals, it is seething with life rich in biodiversity containing many potential medications to treat cancer and other diseases. The preservation of this unique treasure is now secondary to the voracious greed on the part of Queensland and federal governments and some individuals to export coal.

By 2030 Australia is predicted to increase its export of coal from 240 million tonnes this year to 787 million tonnes in 2030. Queensland’s liquefied natural gas and coal exports are soaring in order to deliver atmospheric-warming carbon fuels to satisfy Chinese and Indian markets.

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bald eagles along the Pacific coast in January

Story ran in Malibu Times, November 9, 2012

Eagles are born to soar. They rule the sky over mountains, scrubland, lakes and oceans’ edges. Both bald and golden eagles grace the West and once upon a time the Santa Monica Mountains, California.

Raptors, birds of prey, specialize in hunting and eating meat. They have dagger-clawed feet called talons that are designed to grasp and pierce. Their hooked beaks are suited to tearing carcasses a part.

They have binocular vision, eyes oriented towards the front rather than the side, which are five to six times stronger than humans’. They are routinely able to spot small mammals a mile from the sky.

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