Ecosystems

Brazil harnesses space tech to monitor deforestation
July 22, 2008 11:40 AM - , SciDevNet

Brazil will launch a satellite in 2011 to monitor deforestation and urban expansion around the world, it has been announced. Amazônia-1 will carry a UK-made high resolution camera. The United Kingdom–Brazil collaboration was announced last week (14 July) at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society for Progress in Science.

EU countries add to illegal logging trade
July 22, 2008 09:20 AM - WWF

Deforestation, a major contributor to climate change, is still rampant globally and European Union countries are guilty of compounding the problem according to a new WWF report. Almost one-fifth of wood imported into the European Union in 2006 came from illegal or suspected illegal sources, with Russia, Indonesia and China being the main sources according to the report - Illegal Wood for the European Market.

Jungle logging threatens tribes in Peru's Amazon
July 21, 2008 10:17 AM - Reuters

Delia Pacaya grew up in Peru's Amazon in a nomadic tribe that shunned contact with outsiders, but when loggers invaded the land she fled the virgin rain forest and settled in a tiny village.

Congressional Trade Leaders Call on White House to Stop Overfishing Subsidies
July 21, 2008 10:02 AM - , Oceana

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI), joined by a bipartisan group of 10 committee members, gave their support to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today in the ongoing WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies. The letter also urges the United States to make the successful outcome of the fisheries subsidies negotiations a trade priority.

Protecting Mau Forest in Kenya's Economic Interest
July 18, 2008 09:40 AM - United Nations Environment Programme

Kenya stands to lose a nature-based economic asset worth over US $300 million alone to the tea, tourism and energy sectors if the forest of the Mau Complex continues to be degraded and destroyed, the UN Environment Programme said today. The Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, announced this week that the Kenyan government is taking steps to combat the destruction of the largest forest ecosystem in Kenya.

Opinion: U.S. Environmentalists Finally Have a Leader
July 18, 2008 07:53 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

On Thursday, politician-turned-activist Al Gore called for the United States to rely 100 percent on zero-carbon sources of electricity by 2018. Regardless of the logistical practicality of the goal or of the existence of political will to achieve this target in a single decade, Gore's statements made it clear: the U.S. environmental movement finally has a leader.

Pope says young inheriting scarred, squandered earth
July 17, 2008 11:05 AM - Reuters

Pope Benedict on Thursday told a huge gathering of young people that they were inheriting a planet whose resources had been scarred and squandered to fuel insatiable consumption.

China says Olympic sailing venue now algae-free
July 16, 2008 11:02 AM - Reuters

A massive algae bloom that threatened the Olympic Games sailing venue at the Chinese coastal resort of Qingdao has now almost been cleared, state media reported on Wednesday.

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Could Reach Record Size
July 16, 2008 10:40 AM - TheDailyGreen

The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico could reach a new record size this year, and grow to cover an area equal to the State of New Jersey, researchers said Tuesday.

Kenya court halts $370m sugar, biofuels project
July 14, 2008 10:43 AM - Reuters

A Kenyan court has temporarily halted a $370 million sugar and biofuels project in a coastal wetland that conservation groups warned would threaten wildlife and local livelihoods. The government and the country's biggest sugar miller, Mumias, wants to plant cane on 20,000 hectares in the Tana River Delta to create jobs and plug an annual 200,000-tonne sugar deficit.

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