• World Population Growth: Fertile Ground for Uncertainty

    Washington, D.C.—Growth in the human population abounds despite falling fertility rates, and where it heads in the future will continue to confound demographers, according to the latest Vital Sign Update from the Worldwatch Institute. With the number of women of childbearing age growing and future fertility trends unpredictable, closing the “gender gap”—the difference between women’s health, economic, educational, and political status relative to men—may be one key to slowing population growth. >> Read the Full Article
  • Climate change could turn Ireland's green to brown

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The wearin' of the brown? Forty shades of beige? Climate change could turn Ireland's legendary emerald landscape a dusty tan, with profound effects on its society and culture, a new study released in time for St. Patrick's Day reported. Entitled "Changing Shades of Green," the report by the Irish American Climate Project twins science gleaned from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the musings of a poet, a fiddler, a fisherman, a farmer and others with deep connections to Ireland. >> Read the Full Article
  • Revealed: The Secrets Of Successful Ecosystems

    The study used a lab-based artificial ecosystem of communities of bacteria to examine what happens when the bacteria move around and evolve to live in different parts of the ecosystem over the course of hundreds of generations. The scientists measured the effect this dispersal of species has on the productivity and biodiversity of the ecosystem over all. >> Read the Full Article
  • Indonesia lawmakers set to reject ASEAN haze pact

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Iceland likely to start whaling again

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Beer bottles, plastic cleared from Mt. Everest trail

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • The Fishy Business of Antidumping

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Geotimes: The impending coastal crisis

    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? >> Read the Full Article
  • Haiti Reforestation Project: Young Visionaries Take Action

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Chainsaws Cut into Cambodia’s Preah Monivong National Park

    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. >> Read the Full Article