Almost a year after the Japanese Tohoku earthquake and mega-tsunami, the Pacific Ocean is still dealing with the consequences of the catastrophe.
A mass of debris was washed out to sea as floodwaters receded from the land, and some of that wreckage continues to float around the ocean.
Most of it headed eastwards, according to modelling work by the Hawaii-based International Pacific Research Center. (more…)
After being harassed by ships belonging to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an environmental group based in Washington State, Japan’s Agriculture Ministry recalled its whaling fleet on Friday the 18th of February 2011. Thus cutting short the annual hunts, which Japan euphemistically labels, as scientific research hunts, to evade a global moratorium on commercial whaling.
Japan’s research whaling program caught 170 minke whales and two fin whales, way below their annual targets of 850 minke and 50 fin, thanks to Sea Shepherd’s interference. Playing a game of cat-and-mouse that has received increasing media attention, the environmentalists try to block the Japanese fleet, by tangling the ships’ propellers with ropes or by putting their own vessels between the whalers and their quarry.
In fear of appearing to cave in to pressure from foreign environmentalists, Japanese newspapers reported that there had been resistance to cut shot the hunt. Japan’s Agriculture Ministry claimed the environmentalists were temporarily blinding crew members by targeting laser beams and also by throwing flares onto the whaling vessels. They also stated their whaling ships were not able to outrun the Sea Shepard’s vessels.
Escorting the Japanese “scientific research whaling fleet” northward from the Antarctic Ocean are three of Sea Shepherd’s vessels to ensure that the Japanese research vessels safely reach Japan.
has chosen Qatar to be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ on December 2, 2010. Competing to host this World Cup™, were Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, the United States of America and Qatar. In round 1, Australia was eliminated. In round 2, Japan was eliminated and in round 3, Korea Republic was eliminated leaving just the United States of America and Qatar as the finalists. Sadly the United States has again lost a chance to be the host of a major sporting event. Qatar was chosen in Round 4 by a vote of 14-8.
In their Why Qatar? official bid site a statement reads: Hosting the tournament in the Middle East for the first time will be a landmark for the region and a profound statement about cross-cultural understanding. We’re pioneering technologies that will allow for outdoor, air-conditioned stadiums that will be carbon neutral, benefiting the environment and creating ideal conditions for players and spectators.
However, today Peter Velappan, the former general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation has urged FIFA to change the timing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ warning the Federation of the dangers posed by playing in temperatures reaching 40 degrees Centrigrade in the desert state of Qatar. He added that plans to cool stadiums and training grounds with air conditioners were “not a solution” and that some European countries might boycott the tournament due to concerns over the heat.
The comment by this disgruntled man states:
- MPs ask for World Cup bid review (news.bbc.co.uk)