• Two Hawaiian Birds on Brink of Extinction

    Washington, D.C.– Two rare hawaiian birds are on the verge of extinction a conservatinist group is saying. They are asking the US government to step in and help protect them.

    American Bird Conservancy and Dr. Eric VanderWerf, an acknowledged expert on Hawaiian birds, submitted a petition yesterday to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting protection under the Endangered Species Act for the Akekee and the Akikiki, two very rare birds found only on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai.  Recent population surveys are raising concern that these species may be on the brink of extinction.
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  • Process for Certifying Asian Catfish Aquaculture Products is Underway

    WASHINGTON - Asian catfish aquaculture is moving toward sustainability. The catfish is a member of the "Pangasius" family. During the inaugural meeting of the Pangasius Aquaculture Dialogue, more than 70 producers, buyers, government officials and others from around the world agreed that there is an urgent need and willingness to certify pangasius aquaculture products. >> Read the Full Article
  • Costa Rica expropriates land to protect turtles

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Costa Rican President Oscar Arias has ordered the expropriation of lucrative beach-front land to protect the endangered leatherback sea turtle, the government said on Thursday.

    Arias began expropriation procedures for some 30 hectares (74 acres) of land in northwestern Costa Rica, the most important leatherback sea turtle nesting site on the Pacific Rim, Energy and Environment Minister Roberto Dobles said.

    "We are only complying with the law that established Las Baulas (national marine park) in 1995," Dobles told Reuters.

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  • Congo pygmies go high-tech to protect forest home

    DAKAR (Reuters) - When Congo Republic's northern pygmies go out into the forest these days, some will be carrying hand-held satellite tracking devices along with their traditional bows and spears.

    Using GPS handsets to pinpoint sacred sites and hunting areas, the nomadic forest dwellers are literally putting themselves on the map to protect their livelihoods and habitat against the chainsaws and bulldozers of commercial loggers.

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  • Iowa’s Earthpark: Rain Forest, Green Hotel And More

    NEW YORK—Maxon Holdings LLC (Maxon), a leading energy and environmental development company, announced a partnership with Earthpark, North America’s first center for science literacy and the environment. Maxon will provide $10 million of in-kind financial and technical support toward the completion and opening of Earthpark, scheduled to open on Earth Day, 2011. Maxon will give this support through its infrastructure asset financing operations, part of the company’s asset optimization business. Maxon’s contribution will facilitate ongoing support and involvement with educational and research efforts in the areas of global sustainability and restorative living practices. >> Read the Full Article
  • Mozambique firm to export 100,000 crocodiles

    MAPUTO (Reuters) - A Mozambican company plans to breed and sell more than 100,000 crocodiles to South Africa and Zimbabwe to create an export market for the poor southern African nation.

    The crocodiles will come from Mozambique's remote northern Tete province, where their numbers have increased in recent years, Antonio Viera, an official with fishing company Cahora Kapenta, told Reuters on Thursday.

    "It's a new and unique business segment which we hope would boost the economy of Mozambique and also help the government to solve one of its major problems related to human-animal conflict in this province," Viera said.

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  • Earth Getting Wetter and Stickier, Researchers Say

    Greenhouse gases are making the earth's atmosphere wetter and stickier, which may lead to more powerful hurricanes, hotter temperatures and heavier rainfall in tropical regions, British researchers reported on Wednesday.

    The findings, published in the journal Nature, are some of the first to show how human-produced greenhouse gases have affected global humidity levels in recent decades and could offer clues on future climate change, the researchers said.

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  • China moves to protect ecology of Three Gorges

    China is to relocate at least 4 million more people from the Three Gorges Dam reservoir area in the next 10 to 15 years to protect its "ecological safety," Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

    The $25 billion dam near Chongqing, in southwest China, is the world's largest hydropower project, but even senior officials who have defended the project as an engineering wonder now warn that areas around the dam are paying a heavy environmental cost.

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  • Deep Rocks Yield First Look Inside San Andreas Fault

    Washington - For the first time, geologists have extracted intact rock samples from 2 miles beneath the surface of the San Andreas Fault, the infamous rupture that runs 800 miles along the length of California.

    Never before have scientists had available for study rock samples from deep inside one of the actively moving tectonic plate-bounding faults responsible for the world's most damaging earthquakes. Now, with this newly recovered material, scientists hope to answer long-standing questions about the fault's composition and properties.
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  • Mixed Atlantic hurricane season puzzles experts

    MIAMI (Reuters) - Judge the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season by the 13 storms so far, and it looks like a relatively busy year. But look at the number of days a hurricane has swirled in the Atlantic, or use other measures of a storm season's ferocity, and 2007 has been surprisingly benign.

    Hurricane experts had predicted the season to be above-average because of warm Atlantic sea surface temperatures, the continuance of a decades-long natural period of increased storm activity, and the development of La Nina weather conditions in the Pacific.

    Many tropical waves, often a precursor of a tropical storm, developed in the Atlantic over the busiest weeks of the season between September and early October, and eight named tropical storms formed in September -- matching a record for the month.

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