Ecosystems

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.

Uganda Agricultural Effort Gets $12M From World Bank
August 20, 2007 11:59 AM - Ochieng' Ogodo, SciDevNet

Agricultural research in Uganda has received a US$12 million boost from the World Bank. The bank's board of directors approved the loan for Uganda's Second Agricultural Research and Training Project this month (August). "Raising agricultural productivity is a key area for the [Ugandan] government's Poverty Eradication Action Plan and a flagship operational area for the bank's Africa Action Plan," said John McIntire, the World Bank's country director for Tanzania and Uganda, in a press release.

Bangladesh seeks emergency flood aid from donors
August 20, 2007 10:25 AM - Reuters

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has asked foreign donors and development partners for hundreds of millions of dollars to help its economy after floods destroyed crops and left millions homeless, a government official said on Monday.

Heathrow Protesters Want Expansion Of Air Travel Halted
August 19, 2007 10:12 PM - Reuters

British police with batons scuffled with groups of climate change protesters on Sunday near the headquarters of the operator of Heathrow airport. The clashes in a field close to airport operator BAA's building came after largely peaceful marches from a camp where campaigners, who want to draw attention to the impact of aviation on global warming, have been massing all week.

Typhoon Drives Million Chinese From Homes
August 19, 2007 09:07 PM - Reuters

Typhoon Sepat swept China's southern coast on Sunday, killing 14 people and forcing almost a million from their homes, before weakening into a tropical storm. Eleven of the deaths were attributed to a tornado that spun off the typhoon, wrecking houses and injuring more than 60 residents in China's Zhejiang Province, Xinhua state news agency reported.

Panama: Tropical Trees Stunted By Higher Temperatures
August 18, 2007 06:24 PM - Eva Aguilar, SciDevNet

Rising temperatures over the last few decades in Malaysia and Panama may have decelerated the growth of rainforest trees, according to a new study. The researchers found that as many as 71 per cent of plant species in Panama and up to 95 per cent of species in Malaysia showed decreases in growth rates.

Russia's Arctic Resource Race
August 18, 2007 01:29 PM - Alexandra Reihing, Global Policy Innovations Program

The space race may be over, but the war for control of vast Arctic energy resources got a little colder this month when a Russian mini-submarine planted its flag on the seafloor at the North Pole. The Kremlin's grand gesture, intended to signal Russia's reemergence as a geopolitical power player, has instead reminded the world of the Putin administration's quest to reassert state control over Russia's natural resources.

The Regreening Of The Himalayas - Community Forestry
August 17, 2007 07:46 PM - T. V. Padma, SciDevNet

Leafy forests replanted by communities in Nepal are flying in the face of accepted conservation practice. Now, something called "Community Forestry" aims to mix pine with more broad leaf plants and restore forests.

Success Story: Natural Bioengineering In Nepal
August 17, 2007 07:41 PM - Badri Paudyal, SciDevNet

Five years ago, landslides and road blocks on the highways were a common subject in Nepal's news. But now, the worry in people's minds as they travel by road during monsoons has been replaced by a sense of relief. Today, Nepal is using plants and modern engineering to combat the landslides that regularly plague the nation.

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