The rich waters of the coast of the USA are filled with sea life and whale watching opportunities. Whether you find yourself on the East Coast, West Coast, Alaska or Hawaii, there are so many different whale watching cruises available ranging from several hours to several days.
During the summer, many visitors flock to Seattle, Washington to explore the waters of its coasts which is home to one of the largest Orca populations in the world. Because the whales tend to be so close to shore, many of Seattle’s whale watching cruises last only a few hours, but this is ample time to view Orcas in their natural habitat. An added bonus of the trip is the vast array of sea lions, eagles and dolphins that can also be observed. Further south in San Francisco, day excursions are also a popular choice for tourists kishin-fukuoka San Francisco Bay is home to marine mammals throughout the year. There are dolphins which reside there year-round, while blue whales and humpback whales are often spotted between June and October. In the colder winter months, tourists can expect to catch a glimpse of gray whale pods as they make their way south towards the warmer waters of Mexico.
On the East Coast, New England is the most popular spot for whale watching. Home to humpback, fin, minke, sei and killer whales, most excursions depart from or around Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Visitors can also choose to leave directly from Boston, with most trips lasting under 1 day. New Jersey also offers a limited number of whale watching cruises, as do most of the other New England states.
True nature enthusiasts should not miss the whale viewing opportunities in Oahu, Hawaii. For under $100/night, tourists can board catamarans which cruise the waters off the coast of Hawaii. Visitors will get to see a range of dolphins, turtles, whales and other sea life. Those who are interested can also partake in reef snorkelling with dolphins and sea turtles. The catamarans are luxuriously appointed, offering great meals and excellent viewing platforms.
America’s other remote state, Alaska, also has its share of whale watching cruises. The wild and untamed Bering Sea is home to gray whales, Orcas, beluga whales and more. Visitors can either choose from any number of day cruises, or book a longer 3-14 day cruise around Alaska which features whale watching. Because of the area’s rough waters, smaller boats embark on a weather-permitting basis.
www.planetwhale.com is a portal for everything whales and dolphins – find out about conservation programs, type of animals and whale watching tours.
On 6 March 2012, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) approved a new methodology that will enable rural households in developing countries to swap kerosene lamps and diesel generators for clean renewable energy and potentially benefit from carbon emissions trading. This sustainable energy direction ties in with the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Energy for All and perhaps will help restore some trust in the CDM. The prices of the CDM’s Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) have not been performing very well of late, and in addition, there have been some concerns about the environmental benefits of certain CDM methodologies. In consequence, the new methodology will improve the “image” of the CDM and perhaps, even do some good to the price of CERs.
In short, the CDM is one of the Kyoto Protocol’s flexibility mechanisms, allowing industrialised countries to offset their greenhouse gas emissions by way of carbon credits generated through emission reduction projects in developing countries. The CDM is therefore the basis for carbon emissions trading on the compliance carbon market. The first five-year period of the Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of 2012; the EU Member States have nevertheless opted for a second commitment period starting in 2013, thus securing the continuation of the CDM compliance carbon market.