Russia: decommissioned whale prison

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Russia: decommissioned whale prison

"The floating fences of Srednyaya Bay in Primorye have been dismantled and transported in a situation that precludes their further use for their intended purpose. It was announced that the new owner plans to redesign the facilities and use them for ship repairs.

As can be seen in the recent photographs, in Srednyaya Bay, in fact, there is no longer a whale prison," said Greenpeace Russia. In fact, a terrible whale prison has finally been dismantled in Russia, as we can read on, with Putin signing a law banning commercial and coastal fishing for whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The situation changed after the whale prison scandal in 2018: in this prison whales, but also other species such as killer whales and belugas were locked up in small enclosures in the city of Nakhoda, 200 kilometers from Vladivostok.

Even Leonardo DiCaprio had long denounced how these marine mammals were sold to aquariums in China even if on paper they could only be captured for scientific purposes. Russia signed an agreement with a group of international scientists in 2019 to release nearly 100 specimens.

Pic and video by Greenpeace Russia

Typhoon Rai has brought the Philippines to its knees

Typhoon Rai, in the Philippines, caused at least 388 deaths, devastating the central-southern regions of the Philippines. It was the most powerful storm of the year, with gusts of wind reaching 195 kilometers per hour.

Communications and electricity have been interrupted in several areas. A dramatic omen of the worst that is yet to come, the Economist defines it. Climate change will broaden the range of tropical cyclones, making millions more vulnerable to these devastating storms, according to a new study from Yale University and published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Currently, these cyclones, or hurricanes, are mainly confined to tropical regions north and south of the equator. But the researchers say that rising temperatures will allow these weather events to form in mid-latitudes.