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Storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) under the seabed is permitted as of February 10, 2007, under amendments to an interna- tional agreement governing the dumping of wastes at sea.

The amendments to the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of

Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Protocol) were adopted on 2 November 2006 at the

First Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the London Protocol.

The amendments regulate the sequestra- tion of CO2 streams from CO2 capture processes in sub-seabed geological forma- tions, for permanent isolation, thereby cre- ating a basis in international environmental law to regulate this practice. It is likely that

Science news

North Atlantic Right Whale Lecture Series

A series of talks and associated mini course for teachers, on the critically endangered

North Atlantic Right Whale will be offered at two locations: Boston and Cape Cod this spring. Speakers are all leading experts in whale science, and have been involved in significant research just off New England shores. Speakers and topics are listed below and they will be repeated at the Boston and the Cape Cod locations at the dates listed here.

The Boston location is: University of


Harbor Campus,

Science Building,

Small Science

Auditorium. These talks will be held on

Mondays: March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 and 23. These talks are free but there is a fee for parking at the cam- pus parking lot. The Urban Harbors

Institute is a program partner. The Cape

Cod location is: Cape Cod Museum of

Natural History, Route 6A, Brewster. These talks will be held on Wednesdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 and 11. There is a fee of $6 per talk but parking is free. The Cape

Cod Museum of Natural History is a pro- gram partner. Speakers and Topics for both locations are listed here: "Grappling with Giants: Disentangling large whales and understanding entangle- ment." Scott Landry, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. "Dinner for 50 Tons: A story of one of the largest animals on the planet feeding on one of the smallest." Dr. Mark Baumgartner,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. "Whale Whisperer: Listening for right whales in the sanctu- ary." Dr. Leila Hatch,

Stellwagen Bank

National Marine

Sanctuary. "Collision Course:

Whale tracks and ship routes." Dr. David

Wiley, Stellwagen Bank

National Marine

Sanctuary. "CSI Right Whale: A forensics look into the issues impacting right whales." Dr.

Michael Moore, Woods Hole

Oceanographic Institution. "The Urban Whale: North Atlantic Right

Whales at a crossroads." Dr. Scott Kraus and Dr. Roz Rolland.

For more information visit the sanctuary's web page at (Image Credit: NOAA)

International Rules to Allow Storage of CO2 in Seabed

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