• Treaty may restart polar bear hunts in Russia: WWF

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A new Russia-U.S. treaty could allow hunters in Russia to kill polar bears, a species already under threat from global warming, WWF said on Monday.

    Russian and U.S. scientists and authorities drew up the treaty to improve cooperation and standardize treatment of polar bears living across the Bering Strait -- which stretches from Russia's Chukotka region to Alaska in the United States.

    But it may force Russia to reintroduce polar bear hunting, 50 years after the Soviet Union banned it, to match legislation in Alaska, said Viktor Nikiforov, WWF Russia's polar bear expert.

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  • Warming shrinks Kashmir's rivers, streams: report

    Water levels in Indian Kashmir's rivers and streams have decreased by two-thirds as a result of global warming which is melting most of the Himalayan region's glaciers, a voluntary group said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article
  • Great South Channel Identified as Critical Habitat

    After nearly a ten-year struggle, the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) this week voted to designate the Great South Channel as a Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC). The channel is located southeast of Cape Cod and provides habitat that is essential to the survival of juvenile cod populations. Officially designating this area as a HAPC under federal fisheries law will allow for special consideration in the coming years to conserve sensitive and rare marine habitat in the area. >> Read the Full Article
  • Indonesia's Sumatra hit by new quake

    An undersea earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale rattled Indonesia's Sumatra island on Monday, close to the area that was shaken by a powerful quake nearly two weeks ago, the meteorology agency said. >> Read the Full Article
  • NOAA, Indonesia Launch More Tsunami, Climate Buoys

    NOAA image of Richard W. Spinrad (right), director of NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, standing beside the tsunami buoy that will be deployed in the Indian Ocean. September 19, 2007 — Representatives of the governments and scientific communities of the United States and Indonesia marked a historic moment today in Jakarta, Indonesia, as the two countries jointly launched tsunami and climate-monitoring ocean buoys in the region. The ship embarked from Jakarta today to launch the second buoy to warn of approaching tsunamis and four buoys to monitor climate. >> Read the Full Article
  • 10 Easy Pieces

    The most inspiring thing I’ve read lately about the oceans is “10 Solutions to Save the Ocean,” a series of short, upbeat, and to-the-point essays in the latest issue of Conservation magazine. >> Read the Full Article
  • Ivo weakens to tropical storm near Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Ivo weakened to a tropical storm on Friday on its way to Mexico's Baja California peninsula, where it is due to make landfall in a sparsely populated desert area in the coming days.

    The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ivo had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (112 kph), making it less than hurricane strength.

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  • Amazon forest shows unexpected resiliency during drought

    Drought-stricken regions of the Amazon forest grew particularly vigorously during the 2005 drought, according to new research.The counterintuitive finding contradicts a prominent global climate model that predicts the Amazon forest would begin to "brown down" after just a month of drought and eventually collapse as the drought progressed. >> Read the Full Article
  • Biologist-Divers Complete 42-Mile Snorkel Survey of Elwha River

    Washington State - In one of the longest snorkel surveys ever completed in North America, fisheries biologists recently swam the length of the Elwha River - from its headwaters to its mouth - with the goal of establishing a baseline of the river's fish population before dam removal begins.

    The forty-two mile underwater trip began at an elevation of 2,250 feet, just above Chicago Camp in the upper Elwha Valley and ended at sea level where the river enters the Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Port Angeles.
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  • Cut out caviar to save the sturgeon: Russia's Ivanov

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The rich may have to take black caviar off the menu to let sturgeon stocks recover, Russia's first Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Friday.

    Ivanov, widely regarded as a leading contender to succeed President Vladimir Putin in 2008, said he could do without caviar if sturgeon fishing was banned.

    "If we banned catches for a period of time then I would certainly survive," Ivanov told an investment conference in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, RIA news agency reported.

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