Russian Ministers' Approval of Kyoto Climate Treaty Isolates US Inaction on Global Warming says World Wildlife Fund
October 1, 2004 11:35 AM - World Wildlife Fund US

Russian ministers today approved ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to curb global warming leaving the United States isolated in its continued inaction on the problem, according to World Wildlife Fund.

Protected Status Sought for Black-Footed Albatross
October 1, 2004 11:33 AM - Turtle Island Restoration Network

In an effort to head off the extinction of the black-footed albatross, environmentalists filed a petition with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list the species under the Endangered Species Act. The recent reopening of the Hawaii-based longline fishery for swordfish will likely result in the drowning deaths of several thousand black-footed albatross each year.

Russian Ministers' Approval of Kyoto Climate Treaty Isolates US Inaction on Global Warming says World Wildlife Fund
October 1, 2004 11:31 AM - World Wildlife Fund US

Russian ministers today approved ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to curb global warming leaving the United States isolated in its continued inaction on the problem, according to World Wildlife Fund.

Statement by Klaus Toepfer, UNEP Executive Director, In Response to News that Russian Government Has Endorsed Kyoto Protocol
October 1, 2004 11:28 AM - UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Klaus Toepfer, UNEP Executive Director, said: "Russian ratification of the Kyoto Protocol is the final step needed to bring this crucial treaty on climate change into force."

Sunflowers to Protect Peaches
September 30, 2004 10:06 AM - University of California, Davis

If University of California Integrated Pest Management Advisor Walt Bentley has his way, sunflowers will offer a ray of hope in the battle against the Oriental fruit moth.

Asian Species at Risk from Global Trade - WWF
September 30, 2004 09:09 AM - World Wildlife Fund US

Overexploitation and uncontrolled trade are ravaging Asia's forests, rivers and seas according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The warning comes ahead of the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) which begins in Bangkok on Saturday It is the first time that the CITES meeting is being held in Southeast Asia and three Asian species -- ramin, a tropical hardwood, humphead wrasse, a giant coral reef fish, and the Irrawaddy dolphin are high on the agenda for discussion.

WRI Report Says Human Activities Threaten Bulk of Caribbean Coral Reefs
September 30, 2004 09:05 AM - World Resources Institute

Nearly two-thirds of coral reefs in the Caribbean are threatened by human activities, according to a new report by scientists at the World Resources Institute (WRI). Additionally, coral reefs are a vital component of coastal defense against the ravages of storms and hurricanes like Frances and Ivan.

Asia's Small-scale Fishers Vulnerable to Global Fish Crisis, says New WRI Report
September 30, 2004 09:04 AM - World Resources Institute

In the rural provinces around Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, the Tonle Sap in Cambodia, violent conflicts are increasingly becoming routine between small-scale fishers and operators of large- scale, commercial fish pens. The local fishers accuse the wealthy outsiders of having corrupt ties to the government and using destructive fishing methods. In turn, the commercial owners say that the independent fishermen poach their stocks.

Contaminated Swordfish Found in California Grocery Stores
September 29, 2004 01:49 PM - Sea Turtle Restoration Project

This week, new data was released by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project that shows skyrocketing mercury levels in swordfish purchased at grocery stores in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Orange, Sonoma and Marin counties. Stores in California and around the country continue to sell mercury-contaminated fish despite continued state and federal warnings that swordfish contains unsafe levels of mercury. Mercury levels in tested fish were measured in excess of 4 parts per million, more than 400% of the FDA's action level. Environmental groups are calling on grocers and restaurants to stop selling swordfish to the public immediately.

DNA Testing Used for First Time on Elephant Ivory
September 29, 2004 01:45 PM - International Fund for Animal Welfare

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) announced today that for the first time ever DNA testing is being used on elephant ivory to help fight the illegal ivory trade. High-tech crime-fighting techniques, such as DNA testing, are increasingly used to investigate wildlife crime, a sophisticated, global black market that is estimated at billions of dollars (U.S.) annually. Wildlife crime - the illegal buying and selling of endangered animals and animal products - is a growing problem that is driving animals like elephants, tigers and great apes toward extinction.

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