Back from the brink: most humpback whale populations removed from US endangered species list

In a triumph for the global movement to save whales from oblivion, the U.S. government on Tuesday removed most of the world’s humpback populations from the federal list of endangered species, with some glaring exceptions on the West Coast.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that nine of 14 groups of whales around the globe have recovered to the point that they no longer qualify as endangered, though the giant mammals will still be protected from human hunting and other threats. Continue reading “Back from the brink: most humpback whale populations removed from US endangered species list”