Ecosystems

Peace Parks book explores how protected areas can resolve conflict
August 22, 2007 10:03 AM - The World Conservation Union

A book which examines how environmental conservation can be used to contribute to peace-building in conflict zones has just been published.Peace Parks, with a foreword by the World Conservation Union’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, explores how the parks can help resolve political and territorial disputes.

Stalk Burning Fuels China Pollution Woes
August 22, 2007 09:58 AM - Jia Hepeng, SciDevNet

A new study published in the August issue of the Chinese Science Bulletin, scientists estimate that farmers burning stalks produced 210.2 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2000, the most recent year for official figures on China's total carbon dioxide emissions. This was 6.1 per cent of China's total emissions that year.

Brazil Rejects Reports of Amazon Logging in Camps
August 22, 2007 07:13 AM - Raymond Colitt, Reuters

Brazil's government rejected accusations Tuesday that its settlement of poor peasants in the Amazon was fueling the destruction of the world's largest rain forest but promised an investigation.

New Report Lists “Top Ten” Threats to Oceans and Coasts in South America
August 21, 2007 05:15 PM - The Nature Conservency

The Nature Conservancy released an unprecedented study highlighting the top ten threats to marine conservation in South America. Citing over-fishing as the number one threat, compounded by intense development pressures and numerous environmental challenges.

Timber Rattlesnakes In Decline, Researchers Use Radio Transmitters To Track Reptiles
August 21, 2007 01:56 PM - Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University - Researchers are using geographic information systems technology and radio transmitters to track timber rattlesnakes to determine whether new mountain subdivisions and road-building are pushing an animal listed as a “species of special concern” toward the endangered list.

Savanna Habitat Drives Birds To Cooperative Breeding
August 21, 2007 01:26 PM - By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley

Delaying having kids to help raise the offspring of others seems like a bad choice if you want to reproduce, but many African starlings have adopted this strategy to deal with the unpredictable climate of their savanna habitats, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, and Cornell University biologists. It appears in the Aug. 21 issue of the journal Current Biology.

UK Asks Farmers To Help Improve Water Quality
August 21, 2007 01:06 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

London - Britian's government news agency asked farmers to help improve water quality by making changes to their farming practices to provide a "base line of protection for waters from nitrate and phosphate pollution." The government wants to reduce nitrogen from manure and fertiliser getting into surface or groundwater.

For Earthquakes ”˜Speed Kills’
August 20, 2007 10:49 PM - University of Oxford

High-speed ruptures travelling along straight fault lines could explain why some earthquakes are more destructive than others, according to an Oxford University scientist. In this week’s Science, Professor Shamita Das suggests that ruptures in the Earth’s surface moving at 6km per second could make future earthquakes along California’s San Andreas fault much more destructive than current models predict.

Great Lakes Pollution Rising, Fish Flesh Toxic, Unfit For Human Consumption
August 20, 2007 05:11 PM - Environmental Defence

Levels of toxic chemicals in Great Lakes fish are alarmingly high, and becoming more serious over time, a report released by Environmental Defence shows. The report, Up to the Gills: Pollution in Great Lakes Fish, analyzed the fish advisories published by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for four species of fish in 13 locations across the Great Lakes. It found that many categories of fish are somewhat or completely unfit for human consumption, and that other categories of fish are becoming so.

Family Planning Needs In Developing Countries Spurs W.H.O., Johns Hopkins, To Publish Science-Based Contraception Handbook
August 20, 2007 12:42 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

The World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University, have published a handbook on family planning for developing nations. The handbook, is based on the best available scientific evidence was driven by the urgent unmet needs of millions of women and families who seek information on contraception.

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