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.

UI Fire Data Center to Provide One-stop, On-line Shopping for Fire Information
September 28, 2004 10:13 AM - University of Idaho

University of Idaho forestry researcher Greg Gollberg wants to create an online superstore, "a one-stop shopping center," for wildland fire research, data and tools.

UI Research Working Out Methods to Help Officials Map Wildland Fire Hazard
September 28, 2004 10:12 AM - University of Idaho

Local governments and citizens in areas at risk of wildfire stand to benefit from a University of Idaho project to map fire hazard.

UI Wildfire Researchers Study Landscapes Before, During and After Major Fires
September 28, 2004 10:10 AM - University of Idaho

University of Idaho wildfire researchers play an important role in a national effort to better understand how and why major fires affect landscapes.

Oil Prices: A Warning Of Energy Storms On The Horizon
September 28, 2004 10:09 AM - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

With oil prices spiking to almost a record $50 per barrel yesterday, the public has received another reminder of energy challenges confronting the United States. Pump prices for gasoline are again on the rise, heating oil prices are at record levels, and natural gas and electricity prices are poised to increase again. These price increases and the higher energy bills that result will put further pressure on the economy, imperiling the recovery. But individually at least, consumers have the power to protect their budgets from escalating prices by embracing energy-efficient measures and taking cost-cutting actions.

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