Ecosystems

Indonesia lawmakers set to reject ASEAN haze pact
March 14, 2008 06:52 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian lawmakers are set to reject a Southeast Asian pact designed to fight cross-border smoke caused by forests fires, a legislator from an environmental commission said on Friday. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations approved the Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution in 2002 and Indonesia, where most of the fires occur, is the only country that has not ratified it, drawing criticism from its neighbors affected by the annual haze.

Iceland likely to start whaling again
March 14, 2008 04:08 AM - Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Iceland is likely to start whaling again this summer in a move certain to draw the ire of conservationists, the BBC said on its Web site on Thursday. Iceland ended its ban on commercial whaling in 2006, but in August last year its fisheries ministry said it would not issue new quotas until market demand increased and an export agreement with Japan -- where whale meat is popular -- was in place.

Beer bottles, plastic cleared from Mt. Everest trail
March 14, 2008 04:06 AM - Reuters

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Nepali airline cleared 17 tons of empty beer bottles and cans on Friday from around Lukla village, the main gateway for trekkers and climbers heading to Mount Everest base camp, a company official said. Thousands of trekkers and mountain climbers from around the world go to the scenic Khumbhu region every year, towered by the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) mountain.

The Fishy Business of Antidumping
March 13, 2008 09:49 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

Over the past decade antidumping (AD) cases have become a whale of a problem on the international trade scene. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), dumping occurs when “a company exports a product at a price lower than the price it normally charges on its own home market.” The WTO late last month ruled that the United States was violating trade rules with its tax on shrimp imports from Thailand and India, damaging U.S. credibility as a free trader. The U.S. claimed that Thailand was selling at an unfairly low price.

Geotimes: The impending coastal crisis
March 13, 2008 09:43 AM - American Geological Institute

Coastlines are the most dynamic feature on the planet. In the March issue, Geotimes magazine looks into the risks of increased development along our coastlines and what that means for erosion, flooding and future development. As coastal communities grow, so does the call for human-made structures to prevent local beach erosion. But what do these structures mean for the overall health of surrounding coastal areas?

Haiti Reforestation Project: Young Visionaries Take Action
March 13, 2008 12:45 AM - Alexander Cequea

Haiti is the only country in the Americas on the UN list of Least Developed Countries. Ninety-eight percent of its forests have been cut down. Its population is dependant on wood-derived charcoal based energy, and it is struggling to survive. A new grassroots reforestation effort has started to train and educate over 450 young leaders in 12 cities and towns across Haiti. They are working to adopt a new vision for their country: A vision that promotes a sustainable and scalable development of Haiti.

Chainsaws Cut into Cambodia’s Preah Monivong National Park
March 12, 2008 10:31 PM - , Wildlife Alliance

Cambodia’s Preah Monivong National Park is an ecological jewel, rich in unique and endangered wildlife and plants. Known better in the country by its local name of Bokor, it is located in the southwest in Kampot Province and is among Cambodia’s most visited tourist attractions. The range of habitats found within Bokor support a number of important mammal species including tigers, leopards, Asian elephants, sun bears, and gibbons. A total of 223 bird species have been recorded in the park, six of which are globally significant, 13 are regionally significant, and 12 have never been seen elsewhere before.

Thawing ice threatens China Yellow River flood
March 11, 2008 09:17 PM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's northern region of Inner Mongolia is on high alert against a severe flood threat caused by ice blocking the Yellow River during the spring thaw, state media said. More than 70,000 people in the region were on standby for rescue and disaster relief efforts along the frozen 720-km (450-mile) stretch of China's second longest river, known as "China's sorrow" for its frequent flooding.

Evolved resistance to deadly toxic newts
March 11, 2008 09:41 AM - Public Library of Science

Animals are poisonous to prevent other animals from eating them. However, a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLoS Biology investigating the toxic rough-skinned newt finds that, despite being among the most poisonous known animals, in some regions these newts have no effect on their main predator, the garter snake, as these slippery serpents have evolved resistance to a poison so strong that one-newtsworth can kill thousands of mice.

Bush Administration Refuses to Protect Endangered Species Habitat in Michigan and Missouri National Forests
March 11, 2008 09:30 AM - NRDC

Chicago, IL (March 10, 2008) – Environmental groups challenged the federal government’s decision to exclude all national forest land from a recent endangered species ruling in federal court today. The suit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Center for Biological Diversity, Northwoods Wilderness Recovery, Michigan Nature Association, Door County Environmental Council (DCEC) and the Habitat Education Center, charges that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s designation of critical habitat for the Hine’s emerald dragonfly violates the federal Endangered Species Act by excluding all 13,000 acres in Michigan’s Hiawatha National Forest and the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.

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