Whilst we have talked in this column about the UK Governemnt potentially allowing noisy and disruptive exploration in especially fragile dolphin habitats in the UK, the US Governemnt has been trying to overturn all scientific and legal measures to prevent its Navy from operating unhindered in the use of potentially damaging sonars.
A US judge has just ruled that the US Navy must adhere to a curb on the use of strong sonar in waters off California. Judge Florence-Marie Cooper overturned an exemption granted last month by President George W Bush. The US president had cited national security when he ordered the Navy's submarine detection exercises should go on.
I always thought the military were about protecting us and our chosen way of life. For me thats also means protecting the enviornment around us. So good for a judge who knows when a Presidential move to limit such protetction rubs up against this fundamental balance of liberty and security. Its a balance between our liberties to peacefully enjoy the natural world around us, whilst also allowing those who are there to protect us to do so without sacrificing the first for the latter.
I think a lot of Naval personal might just agree.