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Protect whales from new oil industry threat, warns WWF

4 Jul 2012

The Guardian

John Vidal environment editor

Conservationists on Tuesday appealed to countries to urgently address new threats to whales, dolphins and other cetaceans as climate change opens up previously inaccessible areas of the Arctic and industries move in to new areas.

As emotional arguments broke out in the annual International Whaling Commission's conference between pro- and anti-whaling nations over the right of small, indigenous groups to hunt a few whales each year, WWF appealed to countries to better regulate fishing and stop the oil and gas industries devastating populations.

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