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Japan cautions against resource nationalism

Japan's trade minister said Kazakhstan's move this week to suspend work on the huge Kashagan oilfield echoed Russia's row over the Sakhalin-2 oil project and he cautioned against the spread of global resource nationalism. >> Read the Full Article

New golden frog discovered in remote region of Colombia

Bogota, Colombia, August 28, 2007— A new poisonous frog was recently discovered in a remote mountainous region in Colombia by a team of young scientists supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP). The new frog, which is almost two centimetres in length, was given the name the “golden frog of Supata.” >> Read the Full Article

Greek government criticized as fires rage on

Greece's conservative government faced mounting criticism of incompetence on Tuesday as villagers fled fierce forest fires that have killed 63 people. The opposition Socialist PASOK party seized on the fires three weeks before a parliamentary election, pouring scorn on the government's efforts and saying accusations of arson were an excuse for its weakness in responding to the crisis. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentalists Seek to Ground Hawaii Superferry with Court Order; New Protest Held

A state judge agreed Monday to temporarily block the first passenger-vehicle ferry service between the Hawaiian Islands from using Maui's Kahului Harbor, giving environmental groups a victory. >> Read the Full Article

Brazil Trys To Calm Europe's Environmental Concerns

Delegates from Brazil's farm sector will visit Europe next month on a mission to convince customers that the expanding agricultural business is not harming the environment. They intend to show that many of the accusations made by green activists against Brazilian agriculture -- for example, that increased cane planting is destroying the Amazon rain forest -- do not reflect reality, Carlo Lovatelli, president of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (Abag), said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

China Rivers Threaten Sixth of Population

Polluters along two of China's main rivers have defied a decade-old clean-up effort, leaving much of the water unfit to touch, let alone drink, and a risk to a sixth of the population, state media said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Bangkok Luxury Store Owner Convicted for Wildlife Trafficking

A Bangkok luxury store owner was convicted today for breaching Thailand's wildlife protection law. The store owner, Mr. Reyaz Ahmad Mir, an Indian national from Kashmir, pleaded guilty to charges of illegally importing and selling "shahtoosh" shawls made from the wool derived from poaching highly endangered Tibetan Antelopes (Pantholops hodgsonii). >> Read the Full Article

U.N. says floods affect 100,000 Ethiopians

More than 100,000 people have been affected by floods in Ethiopia and 17 have died of waterborne disease, the United Nations said on Tuesday. "Approximately 103,000 people in Amhara, Tigray, South Sudan Nations and Nationalities Peoples State and Gambella regions have been affected by floods," the U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said in a report following days of heavy rains. >> Read the Full Article

Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship - Guidelines Posted

The Skoll Foundation (created by Jeff Skoll, the first employee and first President of eBay) is now accepting new applications for its social entrepreneurship awards. These three-year awards "support social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on critical challenges of our time: environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security.... Skoll social entrepreneurs are innovators who have tested and proved their approach and are poised to replicate or scale up their work." >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Says Steep Climate Curbs May Not Be Needed

Curbs needed to fight global warming could be less drastic than a 50-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 favoured by the European Union, the United States' chief climate negotiator said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article