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 But now, the worry in people's minds as they travel by road during monsoons has been replaced by a sense of relief.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.
Simple And Cheap: Nepal's Application Of Science And Common Sense
August 17, 2007 07:28 PM - Kunda Dixit, SciDevNet
Almost unnoticed, Nepal is developing simple and cheap technologies that make the best of local resources and don't damage the environment.
Australian Scientists Want Deep-Ocean Climate Early Warning Probes
August 17, 2007 05:01 PM - Reuters
Australian scientists want to string a vast array of probes across the oceans of the southern hemisphere to warn of changes in ocean circulation that may affect the global climate.
Illegal Wildlife Trade Grows In India - Crime Syndicates Blamed
August 17, 2007 03:28 PM - By Nita Bhalla, Reuters
India's illegal wildlife trade is growing with crime syndicates making millions of dollars from the killing, smuggling and selling of rare animals like tigers, the head of a wildlife watchdog said on Friday.
Oceana Approach Adopted to Protect Bering Sea From Destructive Bottom Trawling
August 17, 2007 02:44 PM - , Oceana
North Pacific Fishery Management Council protects important seafloor areas in the Bering Sea by freezing the footprint of bottom trawling
Oceana interceps a moroccan driftnetter fishing inside the Alboran island reserve
August 17, 2007 02:41 PM - , Oceana
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Brazil Gives Preliminary OK To Monsanto's GMO Corn
August 17, 2007 02:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Brazil is one step closer to approving Monsantos controversial GMO corn for future use. Corn is the third most planted crop in the world and Brazil ranks third in the world based on harvested area. Critics and scientists worldwide emphasize that, while not required by law, genetically modified crops have never been tested for their impact on the environment or human health.
South Korea to Send Emergency Aid to Flood-Hit North
August 17, 2007 12:17 PM - Jack Jim, Reuters
South Korea will send emergency aid worth 7.1 billion won ($7.5 million) to impoverished North Korea, where floods have left hundreds dead or missing and made more than 300,000 homeless, a minister said on Friday.