Ecosystems

New IMAX Film: Dolphins and Whales - Tribes of the Ocean
December 19, 2007 10:37 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SANTA BARBARA, LONDON - Filmmakers and environmentalists Francois and Jean-Jacques Mantello and ocean explorer Jean- Michel Cousteau are pleased to announce they have joined forces on the brand new 3D film "Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean", which will be released at IMAX Theatres beginning on February 15th, 2008. The documentary film will deliver a strong and compelling conservation message while bringing audiences on a close encounter, for the very first time in 3D, with small and giant cetaceans such as humpback whales, orcas and dolphins.

Displaced By Industry, India Grapples With More People In Need
December 19, 2007 09:25 AM - Jonathan Allen, Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - More than 1.4 million Indians have been moved from their land in four states alone in the last decade to make way for industry and infrastructure, and most of them are unhappy about it, a report said on Wednesday. "If I am going to be displaced from the land of my birth in the name of progress, I have every right to ask to be the first beneficiary of that progress," said Shabana Azmi, an actor and campaigner for ActionAid agency that did the survey. But this is not how things turn out, according to the anti-poverty group's account of its interviews with more than 1,700 displaced people.

Pakistan says no threat of bird flu pandemic
December 19, 2007 08:59 AM - Reuters

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan said on Wednesday there was no threat of a pandemic from bird flu, as World Health Organization experts visited the country's northwest which reported the first human death from the virus. Pakistani authorities confirmed at the weekend eight human bird flu cases, including the one death, that the WHO said were likely a combination of infections from poultry and limited person to person transmission due to close contact.

Cities Play the Green Card to Achieve Success
December 19, 2007 08:47 AM - UNEP

Bali, Indonesia, 11 December 2007- From the use of horse-drawn carriages to solve public transport shortage in Bayamo, Cuba to an emissions trading scheme in Taiyuan, China, cities around the world are providing inspiring examples in the global quest for sustainability and the fight against climate change. The report "Liveable Cities: The Benefits of Urban Environmental Planning", published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Cities Alliance and ICLEI -Local Governments for Sustainability, showcases 12 examples of cities around the world.

Saving Plants that Save Lives
December 19, 2007 08:33 AM - WWF Newsroom

Poor or non-existent collection controls are threatening the survival of many of the plant species used in traditional and modern medicines. On some estimates, 15,000 of the 50,000 – 70,000 plant species used for medicinal purposes and mostly collected from the wild may be threatened, many as a direct result of unsustainable collection practices.

Companies Linked to Japanese Whaling; Conservationists Call for Action
December 18, 2007 07:18 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass. - In letters released today, Humane Society International, the Environmental Investigation Agency and the International Fund for Animal Welfare urged three Japanese seafood companies and their U.S. subsidiaries to use their influence with the Japanese government to end the imminent slaughter of nearly 1,000 whales in a whale sanctuary around Antarctica. Today's action coincides with the arrival of the Japanese whaling fleet in the international sanctuary.

Alberta orders Suncor to solve emission problems
December 18, 2007 06:34 PM - Reuters

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Alberta government said on Tuesday it ordered Suncor Energy Inc to come up with a plan to cut emissions of deadly hydrogen sulfide at its oil sands operations after several reports of high concentrations this year.

US Calls For Protection For Seabirds in New Zealand, Fiji, Ecuador, New Guinea and Solomon Islands
December 18, 2007 06:32 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Washington DC - Six species of seabirds native to New Zealand, Fiji, Ecuador, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands would be protected by the Endangered Species Act under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal published in today?s Federal Register. The species proposed to be classified as endangered include the Chatham petrel (Pterodroma axillaris), and magenta petrel (Pterodroma magentae), of New Zealand, and the Fiji petrel (Pterodroma macgillivrayi), of Fiji. Cook's petrel (Pterodroma cookii), also of New Zealand; the Galapagos petrel (Pterodroma phaeopygia), of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; and the Heinroth's shearwater (Puffinus heinrothi), native to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, are proposed to be classified as threatened.

Some Ants Change Their Diet To Survive, Thrive
December 18, 2007 02:00 PM - UC San Diego Newswire

San Diego, California - The ability of Argentine ants to change from carnivorous insect eaters to plant sap-loving creatures has helped these invasive social insects rapidly spread throughout coastal California, according to a new study, displacing many native insects and creating ant infestations familiar to most coastal residents.

Ecuador Amazon plantiffs fight Chevron over dumping
December 18, 2007 01:35 PM - Alonso Soto, Reuters

SAN CARLOS, Ecuador (Reuters) - After a 14-year court battle, Ecuadorean jungle dwellers expect a verdict next year in their lawsuit charging Chevron with polluting the Amazon and vow to fight more delays by the U.S. oil giant. Peasants and Indians are suing Chevron Corp for $6 billion in a local court over accusations its Texaco unit polluted the jungle and damaged their health by dumping 18 billion gallons of contaminated water from 1972 to 1992.

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