29 Dec '11, 11am

Cetaceans under siege as man-made perils blight the oceans

Cetaceans under siege as man-made perils blight the oceans

Noise. A curse – the curse, some would say- of modern life. Noise, day and night. In cities, where more than half of us now live, decibel levels are soaring. Intrusive noise robs us of vital sleep and, say researchers, contributes to all manner of ailments and afflictions. The World Health Organisation pinpoints; stress, insomnia, tinnitus and hearing loss, high blood pressure, aggression, inability to concentrate, tendency to heart attacks. It has even been suggested that our unquiet lifestyle is driving us mad. Human beings are just not equipped, physically or psychologically, to cope with this rising racket. It’s self-inflicted torture. But what of the other creatures who share our planet and whose habitat we habitually invade and despoil? They too can be driven to distraction by the pervasive man-made din. Nowhere is this truer than in the seas around us. Once, the lou...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/investigations/natural_world/...

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Malaysian man crushed to death in oil palm mixer

straitstimes.com 29 Dec '11, 4am

TAIPING (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A man was killed after he fell into an oil palm mixer at the palm oil mill where he...