Australia, with the support of New Zealand, has asked the International Court of Justice to withdraw all permits for future whale hunts from the Japanese fleet. Photograph: Greenpeace/PA Wire

Japan is using scientific research as an excuse to conduct commercial whaling in defiance of an international ban, Australia said yesterday at the sta(...)

Dolphins in the Shannon off Money Point, Co Clare. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The European Commission has asked the Government to explain why seismic surveying currently under way off the west coast is not subject to the (...)