"Clean" Fishing Threatens Extinctions in Pacific
November 17, 2004 03:35 PM - The Sea Turtle Restoration Project

A new report "Pillaging the Pacific," published by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project today has found that contrary to its reputation as a "clean" fishing technology, longline fishing in the Pacific annually captures and kills about 4.4 million non-targeted marine animals such as sharks, billfish, seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles.

WWF and National Geographic Kick Off Study of the World's Largest Freshwater Fish
November 17, 2004 03:30 PM - WWF-US

A groundbreaking scientific adventure to find the world's largest freshwater fish starts today on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. Led by World Wildlife Fund science fellow Dr. Zeb Hogan, the project will explore rivers and lakes around the world for fish such as the Mekong giant catfish, which is listed by The Guinness Book of World Records as the Earth's largest freshwater fish. Some grow to 10 feet in length and more than 600 pounds. Scientists believe that larger species exist. Hogan will work with a network of more than 100 scientists in 17 countries to investigate these fish and find out why their numbers are declining.

Montreal Protocol Talks on Protecting the Ozone Layer to address Methyl Bromide, Illegal Trade & Funding
November 17, 2004 10:41 AM - UN Environment Programme

A ministerial meeting on the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, meeting here next week, is to decide on how best to ensure that the stratospheric ozone layer — which protects life on earth from excessive solar radiation — returns to health over the next several decades.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Sets Sail with Solo 'Round-the-World Racer
November 16, 2004 10:20 AM - Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

The world-renowned Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine has collaborated with solo 'round-the-world sailboat racer Bruce Schwab to bring to life the science behind the thrill and skill of navigating the Earth's oceans aboard his boat, Ocean Planet.

Global Finance Campaign Targets JP Morgan Chase
November 16, 2004 10:18 AM - Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network today announced an advertising campaign and web site targeting JP Morgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), the largest U.S.-based bank still operating without a comprehensive environmental policy. The outdoor ads, which were introduced in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. over the weekend, are a first response to JP Morgan Chase backtracking on its commitment to provide a policy to the environmental community by early October.

Nine Finalists for Mexico's Green Business Competition Announced by World Resources Institute
November 16, 2004 10:14 AM - World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute's New Ventures convenes the Investor Forum twice a year in Latin America to provide entrepreneurs with a venue to showcase their businesses and to facilitate the transfer of venture capital to sustainable enterprises.

84 Acres in Chatooga Watershed Protected (SC)
November 15, 2004 04:07 PM - The Trust for Public Land (TPL)

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) today announced the protection of an 84-acre site on Long Creek in Oconee County. Long Creek is a significant tributary in the Chattooga River watershed and the newly protected site will be managed by the U. S. Forest Service as an addition to Sumter National Forest.

International Agreement Calls On Member States To Curb Military Sonar And Other Noise Technology
November 15, 2004 04:05 PM - Natural Resources Defense Council

In the third recent international government action calling for limits on the use of high intensity military sonar, the 16 member states of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area (ACCOBAMS) today approved a resolution calling for "extreme caution" in conducting activities that produce intense underwater noise, including military sonar activities. This action comes just two weeks after the European Parliament, seeking to protect marine mammals and other marine life, adopted a groundbreaking resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of high-intensity active naval sonars.

Hollywood Goes Organic
November 15, 2004 04:03 PM - Straus Communications

Tonight, for the first time ever, celebrities will score — in addition to pricey jewelry and gadgets — a gift bag of organic items, backstage at the 32nd annual American Music Awards being held at the Shrine Auditorium.

Consensus Agreement on Air Conditioner Efficiency Standards Reached; Will Avoid Need for Twenty-Five Power Plants
November 15, 2004 04:00 PM - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Air conditioner manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates announced today that they have reached an agreement on consensus federal equipment efficiency standards for air conditioners and heat pumps used in many commercial buildings that, if enacted by federal regulators and Congress, will avoid the need for 25 new power plants.

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