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06/27/2011
World to Dilma: Save the Amazon

06/24/2011
Fastest Sea-Level Rise in 2,100 Years Linked to Climate Change

06/23/2011
Cut the Power, Cut the Carbon

09/27/2010
Insecticides from Genetically Modified Corn Present in Adjacent Streams

08/26/2010
Saving Wolves in the American West

08/25/2010
EU Seal Import Ban Suspended- Help!

08/24/2010
4 Ways To Participate In The Gulf Coast National Day of Action

08/23/2010
Plant a Billion Trees

08/22/2010
The Danger Global Warming Project

08/21/2010
Eating Local Food: The Movement, Locavores and More

08/19/2010
Tell Your Senators Not to Abandon Comprehensive Climate and Energy Legislation

08/18/2010
Watch the Long Journey of the Plastic Bag

08/17/2010
Information from the American Wind Energy Association

08/06/2010
Wolves Regain Endangered Species Status

08/05/2010
Click to Save The Rainforest

08/04/2010
Deep Oil in Gulf Appears to have Vanished

08/03/2010
What Would Happen If Sharks Disappeared?

08/02/2010
Save the Tiger

08/01/2010
Adopt an Orangutan

07/31/2010
Guatemalan Government Opts for Oil Drilling Over Protecting Its National Parks

07/30/2010
The Nature Conservancy: Four Decades of Protecting the Gulf

07/29/2010
How Endangered are the Gulf's Brown Pelicans?

07/28/2010
Partners in Conservation

07/27/2010
Today on Planet 100: Shark Finning 101

07/27/2010
Wind Energy: The Power to Create 3,000 New Jobs Per State

07/26/2010
The Glaciers Disappear: The Startling Photos of David Breashears

07/25/2010
Evaluation of the EU Policy on Animal Welfare

07/24/2010
South Africa's Ministry of Tourism Touts "Responsible Tourism"

07/22/2010
WWF Arctic Campaign Wins Major Victory with Court Ruling Halting Offshore Lease Sale

07/21/2010
Oil Disaster Threatens Gulf of Mexico's Deep Water Titans

07/20/2010
Protect the Paradise Forests and the Orangutan

07/19/2010
Seep Found Near BP's Blown Out Oil Well

07/18/2010
Ride Your Bike

07/17/2010
What Now for the Gulf Oil Gusher?

07/16/2010
Flow of Oil Halted for First Time Since April

07/15/2010
Timber Piracy Down – But We're Not Out of the Woods

07/14/2010
Giant Greenland Glacier Cracks Open Overnight

07/13/2010
Milestone Tiger Meeting Set to Create Strong Recovery Agenda

07/12/2010
Stop the Sable Island Seal Slaughter

07/11/2010
Thousands of Undiscovered Plant Species Face Extinction Worldwide

07/10/2010
Saving the Planet One Home at a Time

07/09/2010
10 Ways to Help Save the Ocean

07/08/2010
Natural Events Almanac

07/07/2010
Red Alert for Ocean Health

07/06/2010
Help save the last 130 Western Gray Whales!

07/05/2010
The Downside to the Recovery of the Ozone Hole

07/04/2010
Take Action for Loggerhead Sea Turtles!

07/03/2010
Register to Help Restore the Gulf

07/02/2010
Gulf Oil Spill: The Plight of the Sea Turtles

07/01/2010
Lawsuit Seeks to Hold Administration Accountable for Marine Mammal Harm in Gulf

06/30/2010
Switching Off Your Lights Has a Bigger Impact Than You Might Think, Says New Study

06/29/2010
Ten Myths About The Deepwater Spill, Busted By Oceana

06/28/2010
G20: Climate Backslide

06/28/2010
Photo Essay: Louisiana Coastal Wildlife Threatened as Oil Comes Ashore in Beautiful Barataria Bay

06/26/2010
Action Alert: Protest Madagascar's Breaking of Moratorium on Illegal Rosewood Log Exports from Prote

06/25/2010
Philip Hoare: A Victory for the Whalers, a Defeat for Humanity

06/24/2010
US Federal Judge Stands with Big Oil, Lifts Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling

06/23/2010
If It Was My Home—Visualizing the BP Oil Spill

06/22/2010
EU to Ban Illegal Timber at Last

06/21/2010
Comprehensive Look at Human Impacts on Ocean Chemistry

06/20/2010
New York Woman Shifts to Green, Saves More Than $10,000

06/19/2010
Save Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

06/18/2010
CNN Airs Two Hour ‘Larry King Live’ Telethon Monday June 21 “Disaster In The Gulf: How You Can Help

06/17/2010
Going Green: Opera Opens First Eco-Friendly Data Center in Iceland

06/16/2010
Make It Green

06/15/2010
SMS Donations Answer The Call For Gulf Oil Spill Relief

06/14/2010
Click to Donate—Save the Rainforest and More

06/13/2010
Coffee Grounds Used to Make Biodiesel Fuel

06/12/2010
New Strain of Bacteria Discovered That Could Aid in Oil Spill, Other Environmental Cleanup

06/11/2010
BP Deepwater Disaster and Gulf Oil Spill

06/10/2010
Tell China to Enact the Animal Protection Law

06/09/2010
Oil will Darken Southern US Coast for Years

06/08/2010
Support the Front Lines

06/07/2010
Don't Lift the Moratorium on Commercial Whaling!

06/06/2010
Containment Cap Offers Hope Even as Oil Spews On

06/05/2010
World Environment Day 2010 – Focus on Estuaries

06/04/2010
Caught in the Oil

06/03/2010
Keep Lake Baikal Alive

06/02/2010
BP's Dispersant Could Cause Toxic Rain All Over East Coast

06/01/2010
Gulf Oil Spill Threat Widens

05/31/2010
Air Traffic Poised to Become a Major Factor in Global Warming, Scientists Predict

05/30/2010
‘Amazon on Tour’ with WWF/Sky’s Rainforest Pod

05/29/2010
Finally-Australia Government Initiates Legal Action On Japanese Whaling

05/28/2010
Offshore Alaskan Drilling Halted Until 2011 at the Earliest

05/27/2010
Gulf Oil Spill Now Bigger than Exxon Valdez

05/26/2010
Protect Our Oceans From Offshore Oil Drilling

05/25/2010
New England Losing Forest Cover -- Scholars Call for Accelerated Conservation

05/24/2010
U.S. Government Slams BP for Missed Deadlines on Spill

05/23/2010
Empower 50,000 Young Green Ambassadors in China

05/22/2010
How Much Oil?

05/21/2010
International Day for Biological Diversity – our top 10 events

05/20/2010
Stop the Sell Out, Save the Whales!

05/19/2010
Greenland Rising Rapidly as Ice Melts

05/18/2010
We Have an International Market for Carbon, Why Not One for Conservation?

05/17/2010
Support the Coral Reef Alliance

05/16/2010
BP: Effort to Plug Gulf Oil Spill Going as Planned

05/15/2010
Veteran Defender of the Seas Tapped to Protect Gulf Coast

05/14/2010
Future Air Travel- Quieter, Cleaner and More Environmentally Friendly?

05/14/2010
Canada Launches Arctic Drilling Safety Review

05/12/2010
Outcry Over Death of Rrare Javan Rhino

05/11/2010
A Timeline of The Disastrous BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

05/10/2010
Protect Our Pacific Coast from Oil Spills

05/09/2010
BP's First Attempt to Divert Gulf Oil Leak Fails

05/08/2010
New Study Ranks Countries on Environmental Impact

05/07/2010
Oil from Gulf spill Creeps Ashore in Louisiana

05/06/2010
Protect Costa Rica

05/05/2010
20 National Wildlife Refuges Threatened by Louisiana Oil Spill

05/04/2010
10 Worst Man-made Environmental Disasters

05/03/2010
Administration to Press BP to Settle Gulf Claims

05/02/2010
Gulf Oil Spill Swiftly Balloons, Could Move East

04/30/2010
Bird Coated In Oil As Louisiana Gulf Spill Nears Wetlands

04/29/2010
Plastic Containers Buying Guide

04/28/2010
Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs

04/27/2010
Versatile New System for Oil Spill Contingency

04/27/2010
Palm Oil Boom Creates Danger For Orangutans

04/27/2010
Ban the Trophy Hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest

04/27/2010
Follow Robert Swan in His Adventures to Antarctica and Our Planet

04/23/2010
PROTECTED: Biggest chunk of ocean yet!

04/23/2010
Don't Build the Belo Monte Dam! Take Action Now

04/23/2010
Volcanic Eruption in Iceland Unlikely to Have Global Effects

04/19/2010
Which emits more C02 per day? Planes or Volcano?

04/19/2010
Big Cats Initiative

04/19/2010
Smoking Effects on the Environment

04/16/2010
Support Earth Day

04/15/2010
A 2nd Garbage Patch: Plastic Soup Seen in Atlantic

04/14/2010
Images of Disappearing Glaciers

04/13/2010
Australia Refloats Barrier Reef Oil Spill Ship

04/13/2010
Reverse the Way You Think About Waste

04/13/2010
Millions of Sea Turtles Dying in Fishing Gear, Report Warns

04/13/2010
Need a Break? So Does the Rainforest

04/13/2010
Climate change continues to melt Glacier National Park

04/07/2010
Guerrillas Could Drive Gorillas Toward Extinction in Congo, Warns UN

04/07/2010
Proposed Grid Could Make Offshore Wind Power More Reliable

04/05/2010
Stranded Ship "Time Bomb" to Great Barrier Reef

04/05/2010
Make Shell come clean in the Niger Delta

04/05/2010
Ecotricity—Green Gas in the UK

04/05/2010
Captain Bethune Now Declared a Political Prisoner

04/01/2010
Researchers Conclude 100% Renewable Electricity Supply is Feasible

04/01/2010
Sea Lion Pups Starving Along California Shoreline

03/30/2010
Don't Let Congress Gut the Clean Air Act

03/30/2010
Making Car Fuel from Thin Air

03/30/2010
Endangered Species Perish While Governments Debate Trade Rules

03/30/2010
Pollution from Asia Circles Globe at Stratospheric Heights

03/30/2010
Rare Animals Are Being 'Eaten to Extinction'

03/30/2010
Petition to End the Cruel Canadian Seal Hunt

03/23/2010
Demise of Coral, Salamander Show Impact of Web

03/23/2010
Protect Grizzly Bears

03/21/2010
Fishing in Troubled Waters

03/21/2010
High Arctic Species on Thin Ice

03/21/2010
Do Sharks Need Protection From Us?

03/19/2010
Prescribed Burns May Help Reduce US Carbon Footprint

03/19/2010
Reusing Stuff

03/19/2010
Save the Elephants: STOP BLOODY IVORY

03/14/2010
Petition to End the Faroe Islands' Whale & Dolphin Slaughter

03/14/2010
Eight Steps to A More Eco-Friendly Kitchen

03/12/2010
Don't Forget About Earth Hour

03/11/2010
Recycling Electronics

03/11/2010
Stop Antibiotic Abuse on Factory Farms

03/09/2010
Growing Low-Oxygen Zones in Oceans Worry Scientists

03/07/2010
Climate Change Human Link Evidence 'Stronger'

03/06/2010
Biodiversity: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

03/06/2010
Methane Bubbles in Arctic Seas Stir Warming Fears

03/06/2010
Chemicals That Eased One Environmental Problem May Worsen Another

03/03/2010
Global Crisis of Water Scarcity

03/03/2010
Save The Chimps—Sponsor or Donate to The Cause

03/03/2010
Sign up for WWF's Earth Hour

02/28/2010
European Commission, Member States Going Soft on Resumption of Ivory Trade?

02/28/2010
Help Save Victimized Cambodian Wildlife

02/26/2010
Giant Iceberg Breaks Off From Antarctic Glacier

02/26/2010
Hazardous E-Waste Surging in Developing Countries

02/26/2010
She Runs With The Wolves

02/24/2010
Half of All Primates Threatened with Extinction

02/22/2010
Take Action! Join the Whale Trial Pledge

02/22/2010
UN to Protect Seven Migratory Sharks, but Australia Opts Out

02/22/2010
Australia Sets Japan November Deadline to Halt Whaling

02/19/2010
Bat Conservation

02/18/2010
An Ocean of Plastic

02/18/2010
The Critically Endangered South China Tiger Roars Again in 2010, the Chinese Year of the Tiger

02/18/2010
Oceans' Acidity Rate is Soaring, Claims Study

02/15/2010
Forecast on Climate Change Legislation Cloudy

02/14/2010
Saving the World's Last Remaining Endangered Forests

02/14/2010
The Perfect Green Valentine's Day Gift for Your Loved Ones

06/25/2009
CO2 Levels Highest in Two Million Years

06/24/2009
AMERICAN FORESTS Announces 2009 Global ReLeaf Projects

06/23/2009
Take Action to save America’s Fisheries

06/05/2009
ABL.org is now on Twitter

04/22/2009
Earth Day

04/03/2009
BE A PART OF THE NEXT RECORD ON APRIL 26, 2009

03/30/2009
Urge House to Pass Anti-Horse Slaughter Bill

03/24/2009
Support FARM SANCTUARY and win 2 Tickets to see 30 SECONDS TO MARS and a Meet & Greet!

03/24/2009
Wolf's Worst-Case Scenario Just Happened. Help NRDC Go to Court.

03/23/2009
Earth Hour 2009

02/23/2009
30 Seconds to Mars Auction of Hardhat for Habitat for Humanity

01/19/2009
Offsetting Your Daily Travel

12/08/2008
The Alliance for Climate Protection

12/01/2008
A Beautiful Lie Recommendations

11/13/2008
The Global Carbon Project

11/13/2008
Will the Next Ice Age Be Permanent?

11/13/2008
Arctic Melt Unnerves the Experts

10/10/2008
Carbon Emissions

10/07/2008
All Creatures Great and Small

09/16/2008
ABL 2.0

09/11/2008
Support FARM SANCTUARY and win 2 Tickets to see 30 SECONDS TO MARS and a Meet & Greet!

09/05/2008
Bottled Water Facts

08/28/2008
Arctic Sea Ice At Second Lowest Level On Record

08/28/2008
Habitat for Humanity / Hope-Builders Update

08/20/2008
Jared joins Habitat for Humanity on a visit to Sentul

08/05/2008
In Greenland, a Memoir of the Earth

07/15/2008
EPA experts detail global warming's health risks

07/15/2008
Future Snowmelt In West Twice As Early As Expected; Threatens Ecosystems And Water Reserves

07/11/2008
Richest Nations Pledge to Halve Greenhouse Gas

07/11/2008
Corals, Already in Danger, Are Facing New Threat From Farmed Algae

06/30/2008
30 SECONDS TO MARS AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY UNITE FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND BUILD

06/28/2008
North Pole could be ice-free this summer, scientists say

06/14/2008
BID FOR THE CHANCE TO HELP 30 SECONDS TO MARS & HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

05/14/2008
We Can Solve It

05/14/2008
Polar Bear to Be Designated as Threatened

04/15/2008
Lake in Chile Empties from Melting Glacier

04/14/2008
Ice On The Move

03/24/2008
Protect America's Endangered Wolves

03/21/2008
World Water Day

03/05/2008
ABL added to MTV & MTV2

02/27/2008
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tax Breaks Pass House Vote

02/27/2008
New Report Card Shows U.S. Ocean Health is Sinking

02/08/2008
Positive Press for ABL.org

02/07/2008
The world's rubbish dump: a garbage tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan

01/31/2008
Congress may soon vote on an energy bill...

01/29/2008
The Story

01/28/2008
Whole Foods Market going all out for reusable

01/27/2008
Arctic ice-cap loss twice the size of France

01/25/2008
Sea level rise doubles in 150 years

01/25/2008
U.S. Court Backs States’ Measures to Cut Emissions

01/25/2008
Marketers Warned To Stay Clear Of ‘Green Trap’

01/25/2008
NRDC brings analysis to social networking

01/25/2008
NRDC Urges Administration to Protect Polar Bear as Endangered Species, Curb Global Warming Emissions

01/25/2008
Fake Plastic Trees

World to Dilma: Save the Amazon  Monday, June 27, 2011

The Amazon is in serious danger. The lower house of the Brazilian congress has approved a gutting of Brazil’s forest protection laws. Unless we act now vast tracts of our planet’s lungs could be opened up to clear cutting devastation.

Read more by clicking here

Fastest Sea-Level Rise in 2,100 Years Linked to Climate Change  Friday, June 24, 2011

The sea-level is now rising faster along the U.S. Atlantic coast than at any time in the past 2,100 years, and this surge is linked to increasing global temperatures, an international research team reports.

"Sea-level rise is a potentially disastrous outcome of climate change, as rising temperatures melt land-based ice and warm ocean waters," said study co-author Benjamin Horton of the University of Pennsylvania. The study was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Read more by clicking here

Cut the Power, Cut the Carbon  Thursday, June 23, 2011

As summer heats up, most of us want to cool down. But taking advantage of breezy days when the mercury isn’t too high is a great way to cut back on otherwise fired up carbon emissions. Take it from Alli – staying cool for coral!

Read more by clicking here

Insecticides from Genetically Modified Corn Present in Adjacent Streams  Monday, September 27, 2010

In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cary Institute aquatic ecologist Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall and colleagues report that streams throughout the Midwestern Corn Belt are receiving insecticidal proteins that originate from adjacent genetically modified crops. The protein enters streams through runoff and when corn leaves, stalks, and plant parts are washed into stream channels.

Read more by clicking here

Saving Wolves in the American West  Thursday, August 26, 2010

Unfortunately there aren't many wolves left in the western United States, and sheep farmers are definitely not their friends.

Take Action: Protect Wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies from Shoot-on-Sight "Management"!

So how can the sheep and wolves share the same space peacefully? This Defenders of Wildlife video shows some of the ways. The most novel of these ideas is a rope strung with red banners that wave in the wind. They put this up between the sheep and the wolves.

Read more and view video content by clicking here

EU Seal Import Ban Suspended- Help!  Wednesday, August 25, 2010

On Thursday, the European Court of Justice issued a blow to the seals when it suspended the EU ban on seal product imports. This unjust act was in response to a lawsuit brought by an Inuit council, Canadian sealers/fishermen, Canadian seal skin processors/purveyors and a Norwegian seal skin processor.

Read the full article by clicking here

4 Ways To Participate In The Gulf Coast National Day of Action  Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Environmental advocates can argue about the wildlife impacted by the Gulf oil spill until they're blue in the face.

The sad truth is that Big Oil companies never cared about their impact on fish or seabirds, and until doing so becomes profitable, they probably never will.

Read the full article by clicking here

Plant a Billion Trees  Monday, August 23, 2010

Plant a tree in the Atlantic Forest and you'll help make a difference now and for future generations. One dollar plants one tree and will directly help The Nature Conversancy's work to protect and restore this incredible natural treasure.

To donate and or learn more, click here

The Danger Global Warming Project  Sunday, August 22, 2010

Art and polemic collide with The Danger Global Warming  Project.  An interactive multimedia creative initiative featuring original images, sound and video material designed to raise awareness of climate change worldwide.

Click here to read more

Eating Local Food: The Movement, Locavores and More  Saturday, August 21, 2010

The local food movement, eating local, being on the "100 mile diet" or being a locavore are all synonymous with local

food, whose consumption has risen to prominence as an important part of the larger green movement. Taking the baton from

organic food  as a poster child for sustainable agriculture, local food integrates production, processing, distribution

and consumption on a small scale, creating sustainable local economies and a strong connection between farm and table.

Read the full article by clicking here

Tell Your Senators Not to Abandon Comprehensive Climate and Energy Legislation  Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thanks to a handful of Republican and Democratic obstructionist senators, the Senate failed to act on legislation that would have strengthened our economy, increased our national security and reduced the dangerous pollution causing global warming. Tell your senators that you will not accept failure in the face of one of the biggest crises of the 21st century.

Learn more about this issue by clicking here

Watch the Long Journey of the Plastic Bag  Wednesday, August 18, 2010

You've probably seen a number of the magnificent BBC wildlife videos. But here's one you may have missed. Narrated by Jeremy Irons, this video depicts the long journey of a plastic bag -- from a grocery store parking lot to its home in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Watch the video and read more by clicking here

Information from the American Wind Energy Association  Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The mission of the American Wind Energy Association is to promote wind power growth through advocacy, communication, and education.

Wind: Powering a cleaner, stronger America.

Read more about AWEA's FAQ by clicking here

Wolves Regain Endangered Species Status  Friday, August 06, 2010

Wolves in the Northern Rockies scored a big victory Thursday when a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration’s decision to remove the animals from the federal endangered species list was illegal. The decision effectively ends plans for expanded wolf hunts that would have begun as early as next month in Montana and Idaho. When Northern Rockies wolves were delisted in April 2009, wolves retained endangered species protections in Wyoming, which was the crux of the issue for the judge, who noted that conditions for delisting must be present for the entire wolf population, not just certain states.

Read the full article by clicking here

Click to Save The Rainforest  Thursday, August 05, 2010

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to The Nature Conservancy, which has protected over 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide since its founding in 1951.

See how you can help by clicking here

Deep Oil in Gulf Appears to have Vanished  Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Just two weeks after BP capped its broken Deepwater Horizon well, the plumes of dispersant and oil in the Gulf's deep waters that were causing huge anxiety among biologists have gone away. This may mean concerns over the spill's widespread environmental damage were exaggerated - though some ecologists remain cautious.

Read the full article by clicking here

What Would Happen If Sharks Disappeared?  Tuesday, August 03, 2010



Save the Tiger  Monday, August 02, 2010

Right now, there are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild and that number is falling. Tiger habitat is being lost at an alarming rate and poaching has surged over recent months.

Thankfully, there’s still hope. Given protection, space to roam and sufficient prey, tiger numbers can increase rapidly. They can claw their way back from the brink. But, we need your help.

Read more by clicking here

Adopt an Orangutan  Sunday, August 01, 2010

Orangutans are extremely intelligent creatures who clearly have the ability to reason and think. Their similarity to us is uncanny. Baby orangutans cry when they’re hungry, whimper when they’re hurt and smile at their mothers. They express emotions just like we do: joy, fear, anger, surprise…. it’s all there. If you take a few minutes and watch an orangutan, you’ll swear they’re just like us. And they kind of are….

Read about the cause and/or see how you can adopt by clicking here

Guatemalan Government Opts for Oil Drilling Over Protecting Its National Parks  Saturday, July 31, 2010

In a move that has left environmentalists and most of the Guatemalan population fuming, President Alvaro Colom yesterday renewed a 15-year contract for oil drilling in Guatemala's Laguna del Tigre National Park. The park is part of the larger Maya Biosphere Reserve and a Ramsar-designated wetland of international importance. Oil drilling has been present in the park since before its creation in 1990, but with the concession's contract set to expire this year, environmentalists and international activists hoped the government would not renew it in light of the area's status as a national park. Oil drilling in Laguna del Tigre has proven environmentally devastating on the local ecosystem, according to studies commissioned by the previous government. Laguna del Tigre and its surrounding forests have been decimated by settlers, drug traffickers and cattle ranchers using roads built by the oil company to access once-remote areas that have now been cleared.

Read the full article by clicking here

The Nature Conservancy: Four Decades of Protecting the Gulf  Friday, July 30, 2010

For more than 35 years, The Nature Conservancy has been part of the Gulf Coast community. Using this experience, we’ve released a report summarizing key action steps that could begin to restore the Gulf.

Read the full article by clicking here

How Endangered are the Gulf's Brown Pelicans?  Thursday, July 29, 2010

Brown pelicans dripping with oil are quickly becoming the poster children of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As oil slicks continue to lap at the pelicans' breeding grounds in coastal Louisiana, armies of wildlife rehabilitators are frantically trying to catch and scrub the contaminated birds clean. What does it all mean for the long-term survival of the species – just months after they were taken off the US endangered species list?

Read the full article by clicking here

Partners in Conservation  Wednesday, July 28, 2010

WWF’s Partners in Conservation are among the most loyal and dedicated supporters of WWF’s work to protect the future of nature.  Through annual gifts of $1,000 or more, Partners in Conservation contribute critical donations necessary to support and expand WWF’s conservation efforts throughout the world.  Our community of philanthropic leaders understand that achieving success depends on long term partnerships – relationships that set examples for others to invest in our planet’s future.

Read more and or see how you can become a partner by clicking here

Today on Planet 100: Shark Finning 101  Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Shark finning is an inhumane practice that is growing. In today's episode of Planet 100 Sarah Backhouse goes over the what, where, why and how of shark finning in Shark Finning 101.

Read the full article and view exclusive video by clicking here

Wind Energy: The Power to Create 3,000 New Jobs Per State  Tuesday, July 27, 2010

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced a limited energy bill that responds to the oil spill and promotes energy efficiency. Reid's action is a signal that the Senate will not pass climate legislation before November, although Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) said that a climate bill could come up in the lame-duck session following the election.

Read the full article by clicking here

The Glaciers Disappear: The Startling Photos of David Breashears  Monday, July 26, 2010

Mountaineer, photographer and documentary filmmaker David Breashears is obviously a tough man—he has, after all, reached the summit of Mount Everest over five times, one of the very few people in the world to even attempt such a feat.

See the photos and read the article by clicking here

Evaluation of the EU Policy on Animal Welfare  Sunday, July 25, 2010

GHK Consulting Ltd and ADAS UK Ltd have been commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate General Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), to evaluate the EU Policy on Animal Welfare (EUPAW) with reference to farm animals, experimental animals, pet animals and wild animals.

Read the full piece by clicking here

South Africa's Ministry of Tourism Touts "Responsible Tourism"  Saturday, July 24, 2010

In South Africa, thousands of lions are bred, reared and held in captivity for the purpose of canned hunting. On canned hunts, shooters are led to feeding and watering stations where the semi-tame and fenced-in prey make easy targets. Please help ensure this practice is not promoted by South Africa's tourism ministry.

Read the full piece by clicking here

WWF Arctic Campaign Wins Major Victory with Court Ruling Halting Offshore Lease Sale  Thursday, July 22, 2010

World Wildlife Fund’s long campaign to protect Alaska’s Arctic seas and coastlines from oil and gas development won a major victory last night when a federal court put a hold on recent leases that would have opened up the Chukchi Sea to new drilling.

Read the full article by clicking here

Oil Disaster Threatens Gulf of Mexico's Deep Water Titans  Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"As I discovered in the course of researching my book, No Rain in the Amazon: How South America’s Climate Change Affects the Entire Planet (Palgrave, 2010), the oil industry has had a poor record when it comes to protecting aquatic sea life. Take for example the manatee, which has been put at risk from the Amazon to the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the oil industry. One of the most outlandish creatures on the planet, the shy and retiring manatee, which gets its name from an American Indian word meaning “Lady of the Water,” was first described as a cross between a seal and hippo. The creature has a wonderfully round body, mostly black skin the texture of vinyl, a bright pink belly, a diamond-shaped tail and a cleft lip."

Read more of Nikolas Kozloff's commentary by clicking here

Protect the Paradise Forests and the Orangutan  Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The illegal destruction of the Paradise Forests in Indonesia is threatening the habitat of the critically endangered orangutan. The main threat to the orangutan is the destruction of primary forest by the commercial palm oil industry and, secondarily, the exotic pet-trade.

Read more about the cause and or sign the petition by clicking here

Seep Found Near BP's Blown Out Oil Well  Monday, July 19, 2010

A federal official said Sunday that scientists are concerned about a seep and possible methane seen near BP's busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Both could be signs there are leaks in the well that's been capped off for three days.

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Ride Your Bike  Sunday, July 18, 2010

If you live in the U.S., chances are good you own a bike. But how often do you use it? According to the League of American Bicyclists, 40 percent of all urban trips are less than two miles in distance. Yet almost 90 percent of them are made by car. So what makes us want to ride our bikes? And what state of mind (not to mention type of infrastructure) does it take to pick the pedals over the Peugot? Simply put, if we want our cities and towns to be more bike-friendly, we need more people on bicycles.

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What Now for the Gulf Oil Gusher?  Saturday, July 17, 2010

Before heading to his vacation in Maine, President Barack Obama called the success of the giant 83-ton cap on BP's Gulf oil gusher “good news.” If nothing goes wrong, the cap should be able to capture 80,000 barrels of oils a day. That’s up from 20,000 a day beforehand. But the president also warned that “there’s still a lot of oil out there and there’s a lot of work to do.”

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Flow of Oil Halted for First Time Since April  Friday, July 16, 2010

As announced earlier today, BP has started the pressure test on the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. While the test is running, the flow of oil is stopped, something that hasn't happened since April. Engineers are now monitoring the pressure coming out of the well; If it stays high, this means that the well is probably intact and has maintained its physical integrity despite all the SNAFUs. If it drops, there's probably another leak somewhere underground, making things much more complicated from now on. We'll have to wait a few more hours to find out which it is... And even if it worked, it's far from over (as Philippe Cousteau says).

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Timber Piracy Down – But We're Not Out of the Woods  Thursday, July 15, 2010

Green campaigning really does work. Illegal logging in deforestation hotspots like the Brazilian Amazon, Indonesia and central Africa has fallen by between 50 and 75 per cent in the past decade, according to a new study by the international affairs think tank Chatham House in London. And pressure from consumers and rich-world environment groups has been the prime reason, concludes the report.

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Giant Greenland Glacier Cracks Open Overnight  Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It used to be that when a glacier had a bad night it was like that proverbial tree falling in the forest.

Now ice researchers using several satellites to monitor Greenland's most active glaciers almost daily have caught the north limb of the mother-of-all-Greenland glaciers, Jakonbshavn, retreating a mile in a night.

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Milestone Tiger Meeting Set to Create Strong Recovery Agenda  Tuesday, July 13, 2010

WWF Indonesia CEO Dr. Efransjah and WWF Tiger programme leader Michael Baltzer issued the following statement ahead of the pre-Tiger Summit meeting starting Monday in Bali.

“Individual governments have come to Bali with strong national plans to help tigers recover in their countries, but they cannot do it by themselves,” Baltzer said. “These governments now must collectively lay the groundwork for a global plan to save wild tigers ahead of the Tiger Summit in Russia.”

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Stop the Sable Island Seal Slaughter  Monday, July 12, 2010

A recent proposal prepared for the Government of Canada would see 220,000 grey seals killed and incinerated in their protected Sable Island nursery.

Read the facts and/or send a letter by clicking here

Thousands of Undiscovered Plant Species Face Extinction Worldwide  Sunday, July 11, 2010

Faced with threats such as habitat loss and climate change, thousands of rare flowering plant species worldwide may become extinct before scientists can even discover them, according to a paper published today by a trio of American and British researchers in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Saving the Planet One Home at a Time  Saturday, July 10, 2010

We all know we want to do the right thing, but we still sometimes have to see if it makes sense – moneywise.

Sometimes it’s the easy little steps we can choose to do that can make all the difference. You know what I mean. Turning off the lights as we leave a room is a great example.

Read up on more tips and watch the video by clicking here

10 Ways to Help Save the Ocean  Friday, July 09, 2010

The oil crises in the Gulf of Mexico has placed renewed attention on the delicate condition of the ocean ecosystem. It also has shown that wise environmental stewardship, which incorporates a variety of employment and lifestyle opportunities, can protect the ocean while cultivating its many benefits for current and future inhabitants of the planet.

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Natural Events Almanac  Thursday, July 08, 2010

The natural world is never static.

As the days get shorter and colder, birds migrate south to Conservancy preserves. The leaves start to turn on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. Elk come down from the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming.

Read and access the full piece by clicking here

Red Alert for Ocean Health  Wednesday, July 07, 2010

You may have missed one of the most definitive—and sobering—reports on the escalating impacts of man-made greenhouse gases and global climate change on the health of the oceans.

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Help save the last 130 Western Gray Whales!  Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Western North Pacific Gray Whale is critically endangered, with population numbers as low as 130 individuals, and with only around 30 breeding females remaining.

Yet a major seismic survey – blasts of acoustic noise used to detect oil and gas deposits under the ocean floor – is due to start in just a few weeks in the gray whales’ main feeding habitat, off Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East.

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The Downside to the Recovery of the Ozone Hole  Monday, July 05, 2010

While the hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer is slowly healing, its recovery might have a downside, scientists say: Climate change could change wind patterns and send ozone from high in the atmosphere down to the surface, where it is a major component of smog.

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Take Action for Loggerhead Sea Turtles!  Sunday, July 04, 2010

Send a message to the National Marine Fisheries Service and help ensure that loggerheads get the protection they need under the Endangered Species Act.

Read more and/or send a message by clicking here

Register to Help Restore the Gulf  Saturday, July 03, 2010

In the wake of the Gulf oil spill that is threatening coastal Louisiana, conservation organizations from local to national are coordinating volunteers to assist in recovery efforts as needs arise.

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Gulf Oil Spill: The Plight of the Sea Turtles  Friday, July 02, 2010

The seemingly endless oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is killing countless sea animals and sea birds, large and small. But there is no story as tragic as the plight of the sea turtles.

These magnificent, graceful, creatures are particularly vulnerable to the effects of oil in the water, which weakens their eggs, chokes and poisons their young, and leaves adults addled and starving.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Hold Administration Accountable for Marine Mammal Harm in Gulf  Thursday, July 01, 2010

Today several environmental groups filed suit against the renamed Minerals Management Service (MMS) regarding the use of powerful seismic surveys throughout the Gulf of Mexico, known to disrupt marine mammal feeding and breeding and basic communication over vast areas of the ocean. The groups contend that MMS, which is now known as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, failed to adequately analyze the substantial impacts of seismic surveys on the Gulf’s marine environment before permitting activities there, in clear violation of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).

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Switching Off Your Lights Has a Bigger Impact Than You Might Think, Says New Study  Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Switching off lights, turning the television off at the mains and using cooler washing cycles could have a much bigger impact on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power stations than previously thought, according to a new study published this month in the journal Energy Policy. The study shows that the figure used by government advisors to estimate the amount of carbon dioxide saved by reducing people's electricity consumption is up to 60 percent too low.

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Ten Myths About The Deepwater Spill, Busted By Oceana  Tuesday, June 29, 2010

TedXOilSpill, a daylong event in Washington, D.C. trying to find solutions to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Oceana CEO Andrew Sharpless took the time to answer ten questions about oil and energy usually asked by "people who don't support policies that could create something good out of this catastrophe." (Oceana is a nonprofit ocean conservation organization calling for an end to offshore drilling.)

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G20: Climate Backslide  Monday, June 28, 2010

The latest G20 meeting has ended with only a few brief words about the green economy and a recycled statement on fossil fuel subsidies. It’s not enough. Sustainable economic recovery will need serious commitments on climate change, climate finance and support for low-carbon fuels.

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Photo Essay: Louisiana Coastal Wildlife Threatened as Oil Comes Ashore in Beautiful Barataria Bay  Monday, June 28, 2010

This past week the TEDxOilSpill Expedition team spent time in the Southern states that line the Gulf of the Mexico documenting the disaster that is slowly unfolding in Gulf waters. Exactly two months ago the Deepwater Horizon oil well owned by British Petroleum sprung a terrible leak thousands of miles under the water's surface. The oil well has consistently leak millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf on a daily basis, with little to no stopping it. This catastrophe has affected so many areas of the Gulf Coast, not just touching upon the beaches and devastating the fisherfolk communities but also displacing hundreds of birds from their homes. Overall the amount of damage is infuriating.

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Action Alert: Protest Madagascar's Breaking of Moratorium on Illegal Rosewood Log Exports from Prote  Saturday, June 26, 2010

Despite a recent two year moratorium on further illegal logging and export of precious timber from the protected areas of Madagascar, the government recently approved shipment of nearly $16 million worth of timber stolen from the country's rainforest parks. Post-coup illegal log and wildlife trade continue to threaten Madagacar's biodiversity rich rainforest remnants, ecological sustainability and future potential for national advancement. Let Madagascar's transitional government, shipping industry, and French government know they will be held responsible for these ecological crimes.

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Philip Hoare: A Victory for the Whalers, a Defeat for Humanity  Friday, June 25, 2010

The IWC's decision to retain its ban on whaling does not mean that the killings will stop. Quite the reverse.

"My generation has witnessed a vast change in the way we see whales. When I was born, in 1958, Britain was still a whaling nation. Ships would arrive in my hometown of Southampton laden with processed whale oil and meat, destined for margarine, plant fertiliser and pet food."

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US Federal Judge Stands with Big Oil, Lifts Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling  Thursday, June 24, 2010

A federal judge in Louisiana stood with the oil industry today and issued an injunction lifting the Obama Administration’s 6-month moratorium on new offshore exploration and existing drilling operations in deep water. Despite the fact that as much as 60,000 barrels of oil continue to pour into the Gulf of Mexico every day, the judge called the moratorium “arbitrary and capricious.”

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If It Was My Home—Visualizing the BP Oil Spill  Wednesday, June 23, 2010

An explosion on the BP operated Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed eleven crew members on April 20, 2010, sparking the greatest environmental disaster in United States history. In combination with the Texas City Refinery Explosion and the Prudohoe Bay Oil Spill, this marks the third serious incident involving BP in the United States in the last five years. Current estimates put the amount of oil being discharged from the broken well at above 1,470,000 US gallons per day! There are over 400 different species of animals living in the area affected by the spill. 383 sea turtles and 46 dolphins have been found dead within the spill area (NOAA). BP is operating oil skimmers and other cleanup tools to try to remove oil from the water and Louisiana is building oil containment berms to halt the spread of oil. Experts are uncertain what effect, if any, these efforts will have.

Click here to see a visual of what an impact it could have made in your area

EU to Ban Illegal Timber at Last  Tuesday, June 22, 2010

We’re very pleased to see that, after years of lobbying by WWF, other environmental organisations and many timber traders, Europe has finally reached a political agreement on a new law to halt the trade in illegal timber.

A new law banning illegally-logged timber from being traded in the EU is expected to come into force in 2012, once it’s officially endorsed by the EU parliament and governments in the next few months.

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Comprehensive Look at Human Impacts on Ocean Chemistry  Monday, June 21, 2010

Numerous studies are documenting the growing effects of climate change, carbon dioxide, pollution and other human-related phenomena on the world's oceans. But most of those have studied single, isolated sources of pollution and other influences.

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New York Woman Shifts to Green, Saves More Than $10,000  Sunday, June 20, 2010

Our latest One in a Million member is Nancy, an Episcopal priest and practicing psychologist who lives in central New York state. The One in a Million campaign encourages people to shift $1,000 of their household budget to greener products and services. I was amazed to learn that Nancy shifted so much she  actually saved more than $10,000 without feeling deprived. Here's her story.

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Save Wolf Mountain Sanctuary  Saturday, June 19, 2010

Wolf Mountain Sanctuary rescues wolves and fosters them in a sanctuary in Southern California, as well as educating visitors about the plight of this threatened species. However, local officials recently shut down Wolf Mountain Sanctuary and demanded that the sanctuary repermit, a process this nonprofit organization cannot afford.

Read more about the cause and or sign the petition by clicking here

CNN Airs Two Hour ‘Larry King Live’ Telethon Monday June 21 “Disaster In The Gulf: How You Can Help  Friday, June 18, 2010

CNN original Larry King hosts a special two-hour Larry King Live telethon this Monday, June 21, “DISASTER IN THE GULF: How You Can Help,” from 8 to 10pm Eastern, a star-studded effort to raise funds for United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, organizations working directly with the families, individuals and Wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

Read the full press release by clicking here

Going Green: Opera Opens First Eco-Friendly Data Center in Iceland  Thursday, June 17, 2010

Icelandic company Thor just announced that Opera Software is the first company in the world to make use of a new eco-friendly Icelandic data center in Steinhella in Hafnarfjörður, the third largest city in Iceland. Opera will move a significant part of its data traffic to the new data center.

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Make It Green  Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Make-It-Green is turning great ideas that improve lives and help our planet into actual products. We’re looking for the best green product ideas — and we need you to help us.
Submit your idea, and if it's chosen, you could see your product on store shelves and get a share of the sales.* The offical submission deadline has passed, but if you submit ideas now, Edison Nation will continue to review them.

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SMS Donations Answer The Call For Gulf Oil Spill Relief  Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Once again, mobile is providing a lifeline for concerned citizens to donate to the relief of the Gulf oil spill, one of the largest man-made disasters in U.S. history.

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has launched a mobile giving campaign as part of its efforts to raise money to help save animals ravaged by the BP oil spill.  The new campaign, organized in part by the Mobile Giving Foundation, allows wireless subscribers to donate $10 to the NWF’s Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund, by texting WILDLIFE to 20222.

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Click to Donate—Save the Rainforest and More  Monday, June 14, 2010

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to The Nature Conservancy, which has protected over 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide since its founding in 1951

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Coffee Grounds Used to Make Biodiesel Fuel  Sunday, June 13, 2010

Students at the University of Missouri-Columbia collected used coffee grounds to employ as fuel stock to make biodiesel fuel. (Soybeans are the main fuel stock for conventional biodiesel production). A professor there said of their research, “the properties of the coffee oil are similar to the properties of soybean oil, the major source of biodiesel.”

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New Strain of Bacteria Discovered That Could Aid in Oil Spill, Other Environmental Cleanup  Saturday, June 12, 2010

Researchers have discovered a new strain of bacteria that can produce non-toxic, comparatively inexpensive "rhamnolipids," and effectively help degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs -- environmental pollutants that are one of the most harmful aspects of oil spills.

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BP Deepwater Disaster and Gulf Oil Spill  Friday, June 11, 2010

United States — The Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a disaster unfolding before our eyes. Eleven lives were lost in the initial explosion, and that incalculable loss is compounded daily as oil continues to flow.

PREVENTING THE NEXT DISASTER

It could not be more clear that we need to stop investing in a broken energy economy and kickstart a clean energy revolution. The new report prepared by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council, Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable USA Energy Outlook, is a comprehensive blueprint for building the clean energy economy of the future while leaving behind the dirty energy sources of the past.

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Tell China to Enact the Animal Protection Law  Thursday, June 10, 2010

In September 2009, legislation was drafted to address deliberate cruelty to animals in China. If passed, the legislation would offer some protection to pets, captive wildlife and animals used in laboratories, as well as regulating how farm animals are raised, transported and slaughtered.

Still open are the precise details of the final legislation, and the practical aspects of enforcing the law.

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Oil will Darken Southern US Coast for Years  Wednesday, June 09, 2010

The fragile economy and environment of the southern US coast will take years to recover from the worst oil spill in US history, President Barack Obama and his top disaster official warned Monday.

As BP increased the amount of oil it is capturing from a broken Gulf of Mexico wellhead, the US administration pressured the British company to step up compensation payouts to residents whose livelihoods have been shattered.

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Support the Front Lines  Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Nearly 200 Waterkeepers serve as the voice of the world's waters.

Our Gulf Waterkeepers are the first line of defense during the ongoing Gulf disaster. Their incredible knowledge of the marshes, wetlands, beaches, and inner-coastal waters make them invaluable first responders. Their commitment makes them critical and effective community leaders. The wealth of scientific, legal and political knowledge and experience our Waterkeepers possess make them true voices of the people and of the environment on which they depend. And their dedication to a full recovery is unmatched.

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Don't Lift the Moratorium on Commercial Whaling!  Monday, June 07, 2010

In 1986, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned all commercial whaling. As a result, the number of whales killed every year was drastically reduced. Yet even today several rogue nations continue to hunt and slaughter whales.

Read more about the cause and/or sign the petition by clicking here

Containment Cap Offers Hope Even as Oil Spews On  Sunday, June 06, 2010

A device sucking some of the oil from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico offered a bright spot Sunday for a region that has seen its wildlife coated in a lethal muck, its fishermen idled and its beaches tarnished by the nation's worst oil spill.

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World Environment Day 2010 – Focus on Estuaries  Saturday, June 05, 2010

5 June is World Environment Day. This year, WWF is using the event to focus attention on the health of estuaries. Estuaries are vital areas where freshwater meets seawater, and traditionally huge communities of people and wildlife congregate. The world’s estuaries have suffered for many years, but we’ve seen recently how the tide of decline can be turned. Now we’re announcing a new World Estuaries Alliance to step up the protection. 

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Caught in the Oil  Friday, June 04, 2010

A short entry - AP Photographer Charlie Riedel just filed the following images of seabirds caught in the oil slick on a beach on Louisiana's East Grand Terre Island. As BP engineers continue their efforts to cap the underwater flow of oil, landfall is becoming more frequent, and the effects more evident.

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Keep Lake Baikal Alive  Thursday, June 03, 2010

Lake Baikal, a unique UNESCO world heritage site, is under threat from the Russian Government, after permits have been given to open a toxic pulp and paper mill on its shore. Petition General Director of UNESCO Irina Bokova to step up and defend this unique world heritage!

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BP's Dispersant Could Cause Toxic Rain All Over East Coast  Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Yesterday, Care2's Erin Polgreen posted a useful article about the true nature of chemical dispersants being used in the Gulf "clean-up" efforts, and how they could affect the environment for years to come.

From the article: According to Popular Science, "Dispersants have never been applied on this scale, leaving environmental scientists guessing about the consequences. Corexit may have caused seven cleanup workers to be admitted to the hospital with shortness of breath and nausea."

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Gulf Oil Spill Threat Widens  Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Oil from BP's out-of-control Gulf of Mexico oil spill could threaten the Mississippi and Alabama coasts this week, U.S. forecasters said on Monday, as public anger surged over the country's worst environmental disaster.

Government and BP officials are warning that the blown-out deepwater well feeding the catastrophic spill may not be shut off until August as the company begins preparations on a new but uncertain attempt to contain the leaking crude.

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Air Traffic Poised to Become a Major Factor in Global Warming, Scientists Predict  Monday, May 31, 2010

The first new projections of future aircraft emissions in 10 years predict that carbon dioxide and other gases from air traffic will become a significant source of global warming as they double or triple by 2050.

The study is in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal.

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‘Amazon on Tour’ with WWF/Sky’s Rainforest Pod  Sunday, May 30, 2010

People across the UK have the chance to get up close and personal with the Amazon rainforest by visiting the Sky Rainforest Rescue Pod, which is about to embark on a UK tour.

WWF and Sky have created the Amazon pod to raise awareness about deforestation in the Amazon and encourage people to support Sky Rainforest Rescue, a project that aims to save one billion trees in the Brazilian state of Acre.

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Finally-Australia Government Initiates Legal Action On Japanese Whaling  Saturday, May 29, 2010

It has taken three years, but finally the government of Kevin Rudd has decided to act on their election promise of 2007.

Australia is officially initiating a legal action against Japanese whaling in the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands.

"The Australian government has not taken this decision lightly," Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith and Attorney-General Robert McClelland said in a statement.

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Offshore Alaskan Drilling Halted Until 2011 at the Earliest  Friday, May 28, 2010

Great news coming in from the US - President Obama has said the US government will not be issuing any permits for exploratory drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska until at least 2011.

This means Shell’s plans to start drilling in the Arctic this July must be put on hold. This gives us a year to make further appeals to try to get these risky and ill-advised explorations cancelled altogether.

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Gulf Oil Spill Now Bigger than Exxon Valdez  Thursday, May 27, 2010

COVINGTON, La. – The Gulf oil spill has surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in U.S. history, according to new estimates released Thursday, but the Coast Guard and BP said an untested procedure to stop it seemed to be working.

A team of scientists trying to determine how much oil has been flowing since the offshore rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20 and sank two days later found the rate was more than twice and possibly up to five times as high as previously thought.

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Protect Our Oceans From Offshore Oil Drilling  Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The oil spill emergency in the Gulf of Mexico requires action on the part of all of us.

This requires a change of historic proportion.

Please consider writing to your Congressional Representatives and Senators asking them to prevent another disaster by:

    *  banning all offshore drilling in any new areas
    * supporting renewable energy technologies and research

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New England Losing Forest Cover -- Scholars Call for Accelerated Conservation  Tuesday, May 25, 2010

ScienceDaily (May 22, 2010) — New England forests are at a turning point. A new study released May 19 by the Harvard Forest reports that, following almost 200 years of natural reforestation, forest cover is declining in all six New England states. The authors of the Wildlands and Woodlands report call for conserving 70 percent of New England as forestland, a target that they say is critical to protecting vital natural benefits that would be costly, and in some cases impossible, to replace.

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U.S. Government Slams BP for Missed Deadlines on Spill  Monday, May 24, 2010

VENICE, La/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government threatened on Sunday to remove BP from efforts to seal a blown-out oil well  in the Gulf of Mexico  if it doesn't do enough to stop the leak, though it acknowledged only the company and the oil industry have the know-how to halt the deepwater spill.

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Empower 50,000 Young Green Ambassadors in China  Sunday, May 23, 2010

Our 2010 goal is to empower 50,000 young students across China, enlisting help from 500 university student volunteers by training them to deliver the GECKO program to high schools themselves.

Read more about the organization or donate today by clicking here

How Much Oil?  Saturday, May 22, 2010

As of May 9, an estimated 3.5 million gallons of oil had spilled into the Gulf of Mexico since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. At the present rate of 210,000 gallons of oil leaking per day, the spill is set to exceed the Exxon Valdez disaster, which spilled approximately 1 million gallons of unrefined crude, by June 10.

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International Day for Biological Diversity – our top 10 events  Friday, May 21, 2010

Hundreds of events are taking place across the world to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity tomorrow. From biodiversity-themed plays and workshops to living buildings and riverbed cleanups, here is our top 10:

Check out the full list by clicking here

Stop the Sell Out, Save the Whales!  Thursday, May 20, 2010

A massive new threat against whales has recently surfaced that would wipe out the international ban on commercial whaling.

A 'behind closed doors' proposal between Japan, Germany, the United States and other governments would legitimize the cruel commercial slaughter of our ocean's great whales for the first time since 1986 -- undermining decades of hard-won protections for whales.

Sign and/or read more about the petition by clicking here

Greenland Rising Rapidly as Ice Melts  Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The ice is melting so fast in Greenland that the giant island is rising noticeably as the weight is lifted. In some spots, the land is rising 1 inch per year.

A vast ice cap covers much of Greenland, in some places up to 1.2 miles (2 km) thick. The ice, in place for eons, presses down the land, making the elevation at any given point lower than it would be sans ice.

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We Have an International Market for Carbon, Why Not One for Conservation?  Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ensuring that nature is worth more to us alive than dead is a simple idea. It is also one the new UK government has promised to deliver.

As the Conservative party put it in their election manifesto, they pledged to "pioneer a new system of conservation credits to protect habitats". If the detail of this idea is successfully rendered, this could transform the way we value the natural world and finance its protection. Caroline Spelman, the new secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, should have the policy at the top of her in-tray.

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Support the Coral Reef Alliance  Monday, May 17, 2010

Donate $35 or more today and we'll be honored to count you as one of CORAL's members--those special donors who are committed to our mission of uniting communities to save coral reefs. As a member, you'll receive some wonderful benefits; these benefits are listed at www.coral.org/membership. You will also receive additional benefits when you become a Friend of the Reef and make a monthly contribution of $10 or more.

Donate and/or read more about the cause by clicking here

BP: Effort to Plug Gulf Oil Spill Going as Planned  Sunday, May 16, 2010

BP started pumping heavy mud into the leaking Gulf of Mexico well Wednesday and said everything was going as planned in the company's boldest attempt yet to plug the gusher that has spewed millions of gallons of oil over the last five weeks.

BP hoped the mud could overpower the steady stream of oil, but chief executive Tony Hayward said it would be at least 24 hours before officials know whether the attempt worked. The company wants to eventually inject cement into the well to seal it.

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Veteran Defender of the Seas Tapped to Protect Gulf Coast  Saturday, May 15, 2010

Online Preview: Exclusive Q&A with U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen

Admiral Thad Allen is set to retire this month as the 23rd commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. But first, President Obama has asked him to perform a final job, and it's a big one: Allen has been tapped to serve as national incident commander for the federal response to the devastating BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Named one of America's best leaders by U.S. News & World Report, Allen first came to public attention for his leadership role in response to Hurricane Katrina, when he took over from FEMA head Michael Brown and won universal praise from New Orleans and Gulf residents. Under President Obama, he has played a significant part in developing an ecosystem-based approach to ocean policy. Just before the Deepwater Horizon disaster unleashed an oil gusher into the Gulf, Admiral Allen was interviewed for the upcoming Summer 2010 issue of OnEarth by David Helvarg, the author of Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes and, most recently, Saved by the Sea: A Love Story With Fish.

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Future Air Travel- Quieter, Cleaner and More Environmentally Friendly?  Friday, May 14, 2010

Less noise, less exhaust, less refuse -- air travel of the future is expected to be quieter, cleaner and more environmentally friendly. To achieve this goal, new structural concepts and aerodynamic profiles have to be engineered, along with better drive concepts as well as adapted logistical designs, and then put to use. In the EU project Clean Sky, Fraunhofer researchers want to make their contribution to solving this Herculean task.

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Canada Launches Arctic Drilling Safety Review  Friday, May 14, 2010

WWF has congratulated the National Energy Board of Canada (NEB) for launching a full public review of Arctic offshore drilling and safety requirements, in light of the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Outcry Over Death of Rrare Javan Rhino  Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Javan rhino – one of the rarest large mammals on Earth – has been found dead in Vietnam’s Lam Dong Province. It had been shot and its horn removed. We hope this shocking loss will act as a spur to increase global efforts to wipe out poaching and illegal wildlife trade.

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A Timeline of The Disastrous BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico  Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Since the Deepwater Horizon rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico on April 22, more than 200,000 gallons of oil a day have been pouring into the sea from the well it was drilling. Response teams have been working day in and day out to contain and clean up the floating oil, while experts have attempted—so far unsuccessfully—to shut off the flow of oil from the wellhead. The leaked oil has already begun washing up on the delicate Louisiana shoreline, and may soon reach the coasts of other gulf states as well, closing down fisheries and threatening the region’s fragile ecosystems.

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Protect Our Pacific Coast from Oil Spills  Monday, May 10, 2010

Tell our government that they must heed the warning from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It's time for a permanent tanker ban on Canada's Pacific Coast.

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BP's First Attempt to Divert Gulf Oil Leak Fails  Sunday, May 09, 2010

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO – It could be at least a day before BP can make another attempt at putting a lid on a well spewing thousands of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, as a big box meant to siphon the oil away sat idle and encased in ice crystals.

The company's first attempt to divert the oil was foiled, its mission now in serious doubt. Meanwhile, thick blobs of tar washed up on Alabama's white sand beaches, yet another sign the spill was worsening.

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New Study Ranks Countries on Environmental Impact  Saturday, May 08, 2010

A new study led by the University of Adelaide's Environment Institute in Australia has ranked most of the world's countries for their environmental impact.

The research uses seven indicators of environmental degradation to form two rankings -- a proportional environmental impact index, where impact is measured against total resource availability, and an absolute environmental impact index measuring total environmental degradation at a global scale.

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Oil from Gulf spill Creeps Ashore in Louisiana  Friday, May 07, 2010

VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) – Oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico came ashore on a chain of islands off the Louisiana coast on Thursday as BP Plc engineers prepared to start lowering a 98-ton metal chamber over the ruptured seabed well miles off the coast.

A sheen of oil washed ashore on much of Chandeleur Islands, barrier islands that are part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge, a spokeswoman for the U.S. response team said.

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Protect Costa Rica  Thursday, May 06, 2010

Ask the Environment Commission of the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly to protect the leatherback turtles.

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20 National Wildlife Refuges Threatened by Louisiana Oil Spill  Wednesday, May 05, 2010

May 2010. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is very concerned for the fragile wildlife of the Gulf coast. With as many as 20 National Wildlife refuges threatened by the oil spill, and rare and endangered species such as sea turtles, manatee, sea birds (including brown pelicans) and Gulf sturgeon all in danger, they have launched a series of measures to try to mitigate the dire consequences of such a large spill in such an environmentally sensitive area. It couldn't have come at a much worse time as the seas birds are nesting, turtles are coming to beaches to lay eggs, sturgeon are migrating into rivers and manatee are migrating to summer waters.

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10 Worst Man-made Environmental Disasters  Tuesday, May 04, 2010

NEW YORK — The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is now about the size of Puerto Rico. It's already reached the marshes of Louisiana. Oil-covered wildlife are starting to show up along the shores. Shrimp, fish and oyster harvest areas have been closed. Residents of Mississippi and Alabama are just waiting for the oil to hit.

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Administration to Press BP to Settle Gulf Claims  Monday, May 03, 2010

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is pressing oil giant BP to clarify how the company will cover costs relating to the Gulf oil spill, even as BP indicated it would pay "legitimate and objectively verifiable" claims.

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Gulf Oil Spill Swiftly Balloons, Could Move East  Sunday, May 02, 2010

VENICE, La. – A sense of doom settled over the American coastline from Louisiana to Florida on Saturday as a massive oil slick spewing from a ruptured well kept growing, and experts warned that an uncontrolled gusher could create a nightmare scenario if the Gulf Stream carries it toward the Atlantic.

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Bird Coated In Oil As Louisiana Gulf Spill Nears Wetlands  Friday, April 30, 2010

FORT JACKSON, La. (AP) - Rescue crews are cleaning the first bird found coated with oil that's been spewing from a sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Workers with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, which is based in Delaware, are using Dawn blue dishwashing soap to scrub the oil off the young northern gannet. The commercially available detergent is commonly used to clean animals.

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Plastic Containers Buying Guide  Thursday, April 29, 2010

Plastics are classified by their "resin identification code"—a number from #1 to #7 that represents a different type of resin. That number is usually imprinted on the bottom of your container; flip it upside down, and you'll see a recycling triangle with the number in the middle.

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Change the Lives of Troubled Youth & Shelter Dogs  Wednesday, April 28, 2010

To help incarcerated youth learn patience, compassion and responsibility by caring for, training and finding adoptive homes for shelter dogs that might otherwise be euthanized.

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Versatile New System for Oil Spill Contingency  Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New oil recovery locations are spawning a need for new technology. To prepare the petroleum industry for oil spills, one small company in Northern Norway has made innovative strides in oil boom technology.

Funded partly by the PETROMAKS programmet at the Research Council of Norway the objective of NorLense AS has been to develop a versatile new system for oil spill contingency that can perform in coastal areas and farther out to sea -- as well as in rough weather and difficult currents.

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Palm Oil Boom Creates Danger For Orangutans  Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wildlife conservationists say a boom in palm oil -- used extensively for biofuel and processed food like margarine -- has affected the jungles in Borneo, endangering the already declining orangutan populations, AFP reported.

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Ban the Trophy Hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest  Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stop the senseless "TROPHY HUNTING" of the bears in the beautiful pristine Great Bear Rainforest. We view trophy hunting as being as being nothing but senseless slaughter.

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Follow Robert Swan in His Adventures to Antarctica and Our Planet  Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2041 was founded by polar explorer, environmental leader and public speaker Robert Swan, OBE, the first person in history to walk to both the North and South poles. Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica by the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change.

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PROTECTED: Biggest chunk of ocean yet!  Friday, April 23, 2010

International — The UK has created the world’s largest marine reserve, covering some quarter of a million square miles of ocean around the Chagos Archipelago -- one of the most pristine and biologically diverse coral ecosystems on the planet. But as much as we'd like to break open the champagne and tell our oceans campaigners to go home - we're a long way off reaching our goal for defending our oceans.

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Don't Build the Belo Monte Dam! Take Action Now  Friday, April 23, 2010

Construction on the world's third largest hydroelectric dam -- Belo Monte -- is set to begin in 2015. The Brazilian government claims that the dam will provide electricity to 23 million people and curb greenhouse gas emissions. But the reality is that this dam will have devastating environmental consequences.

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Volcanic Eruption in Iceland Unlikely to Have Global Effects  Friday, April 23, 2010

The eruption of an Icelandic volcano that sent a huge plume of ash into the atmosphere and caused sweeping disruptions of air traffic over Great Britain and Scandinavia today will likely dissipate in the next several days, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder atmospheric scientist.

Professor Brian Toon, chair of CU-Boulder's atmospheric and oceanic sciences department, said the plume created by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano contains tiny rock particles made up of silicate and basaltic glass that can be extremely damaging to aircraft engines. Unfortunately, the plume is at about 30,000 feet -- the same altitude as jet aircraft fly -- and is directly in the flight path between New York and Europe, he said.

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Which emits more C02 per day? Planes or Volcano?  Monday, April 19, 2010

More new info and some shame for us. According to leading geologists, Eyjafjallajoekull is emitting between “150,000 and 300,000″ tons of CO2 a day (source). Despite the attentions of the Icelandic vulcanologists and detailed research, our calculations were apparently off by a factor to 10. Many apologies for this error. The volcano *is* belching huge gobs of CO2 into the atmos. Arguably, still less than the amount that would’ve been emitted by the grounded planes. We’ve corrected the diagram. Thanks to all the commenters who helped us refine and correct our calcs.

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Big Cats Initiative  Monday, April 19, 2010

Lions are dying off rapidly across Africa. These cats once ranged across the continent and into Syria, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, and even northwest India; 2,000 years ago more than a million lions roamed the Earth. Since the 1940s, when lions numbered an estimated 450,000, lion populations have blinked out across the continent. Now they may total as few as 20,000 animals. Scientists connect the drastic decreases in many cases to burgeoning human populations. The Big Cats Initiative aims to halt lion population declines by the year 2015 and to restore populations to sustainable levels. You can be part of this important work by donating  to the Big Cats Initiative or by applying for a grant to help big cats.

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Smoking Effects on the Environment  Monday, April 19, 2010

Most people are aware that tobacco causes tremendous harm to human health. Something that a lot of people don't realize is that the tobacco industry also causes a lot of damage to the environment. From growing tobacco plants to disposal of butts and packaging, the life cycle of a cigarette creates a lot of pollution. Tobacco causes environmental damage where it is used as well as where it is produced. Burning tobacco is the main source of indoor air pollution in the developed world. Tobacco smoke contains about 4,000 chemicals, including 50 that are known to cause cancer.

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Support Earth Day  Friday, April 16, 2010

Your support enables Earth Day Network to power the environmental movement and ensure a healthy and sustainable planet for all of us. Your contributions and purchases help mobilize communities, implement environmental education programs and support Earth Day events and actions around the world.

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A 2nd Garbage Patch: Plastic Soup Seen in Atlantic  Thursday, April 15, 2010

Researchers are warning of a new blight on the ocean: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over thousands of square miles (kilometers) in a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

The floating garbage — hard to spot from the surface and spun together by a vortex of currents — was documented by two groups of scientists who trawled the sea between scenic Bermuda and Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores islands

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Images of Disappearing Glaciers  Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Melting glaciers have become a well-known symbol of climate change.

Why? “It’s one of the simplest indicators of climate change,” says Eric Rignot, a senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor at the University of California, Irvine. “Glaciers melt when temperatures are increasing. It’s just basic physics.”

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Australia Refloats Barrier Reef Oil Spill Ship  Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Australian authorities on Monday refloated a huge Chinese ship that had been stranded on the Great Barrier Reef for more than a week after running aground, averting a potential environmental crisis.

Emergency workers successfully moved the 230-metre (750-foot) Shen Neng 1 coal carrier apparently without adding to the two-tonne oil spill that spread a three-kilometre (two-mile) slick after the ship crashed on April 3.

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Reverse the Way You Think About Waste  Tuesday, April 13, 2010

We invite you to reverse the way you think about waste.

What is waste in reverse? It is waste given a renewed purpose as a resource. It is a recycled aluminum can that can power a laptop. It is a pear that turns into energy as it biodegrades. Putting the four R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover the resource into action is what Waste Management and this site are all about. Join us and let's Think Green®.

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Millions of Sea Turtles Dying in Fishing Gear, Report Warns  Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Millions of sea turtles have been inadvertently trapped and killed by commercial fishing fleets over the last 20 years, a global survey has found.

Six of the seven species of sea turtle are under threat. The study, published in Conservation Letters, said the biggest danger to their survival was being inadvertently caught up by commercial fishing gear - long lines which can stretch for up to 40kms studded with hooks or vast nets - to become what is known as bycatch. Once snared, the turtles are unable to come to the surface to breathe.

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Need a Break? So Does the Rainforest  Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Nestlé, maker of Kit Kat, uses palm oil from companies that are trashing Indonesian rainforests, threatening the livelihoods of local people and pushing orang-utans towards extinction.

We all deserve to have a break - but having one shouldn't involve taking a bite out of Indonesia's precious rainforests. We're asking Nestlé to give rainforests and orang-utans a break and stop buying palm oil from destroyed forests.

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Climate change continues to melt Glacier National Park  Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The northwestern Montana park has lost two more of its moving ice fields, and one expert warns that the rest of the glaciers may be gone by the end of the decade.

Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving ice fields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday.

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Guerrillas Could Drive Gorillas Toward Extinction in Congo, Warns UN  Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Gorillas may disappear across much of the Congo Basin by the mid 2020s unless action is taken to protect against poaching and habitat destruction, warns a new report issued by United Nations and INTERPOL.

The Last Stand of the Gorilla - Environmental Crime and Conflict in the Congo Basin — released at the CITES meeting in Doha, Qatar — lists a multitude of threats to gorillas, including the bushmeat trade, outbreaks of the ebola virus, illegal logging, mining, and charcoal production. The report warns that that militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are exacerbating the gorilla crisis through trafficking and involvement in other illicit activities. Gorilla bushmeat moves through the same smuggling channels as illegally extracted timber, diamonds, gold and coltan (a mineral used in cell phones). Further, insecurity in the region has driven hundreds of thousands of people into refugee camps, which has increased pressure on natural resources, including forest habitat for gorillas and the apes themselves.

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Proposed Grid Could Make Offshore Wind Power More Reliable  Wednesday, April 07, 2010

ScienceDaily — The energy needs of the entire human population could potentially be met by converting wind energy to electricity. While offshore wind power resources are abundant, wind turbines are currently unable to provide steady power due to natural fluctuations in wind direction and strength.

Offshore wind power output can be made more consistent by choosing project development locations that take advantage of regional weather patterns and by connecting wind power generators with a shared power line, according to a paper by researchers from the University of Delaware and Stony Brook University published in the April 5 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Stranded Ship "Time Bomb" to Great Barrier Reef  Monday, April 05, 2010

A stranded Chinese coal ship leaking oil onto Australia's Great Barrier Reef is an environmental time bomb with the potential to devastate large protected areas of the reef, activists said on Monday.

The ship was a "ticking environmental time bomb," Gilly Llewellyn, director of conservation for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Australia, told Reuters.

She said this was the third major international incident involving its owners in four years.

Australian government officials say the stricken Shen Neng I belongs to the Shenzhen Energy Group, a subsidiary of China's state-owned China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company, better known by its acronym COSCO.

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Make Shell come clean in the Niger Delta  Monday, April 05, 2010

Decades of pollution in the Niger Delta has led to serious human rights violations, driving the people of the region into poverty. The oil industry has failed to adequately prevent the human rights impacts of its operations in the Niger Delta.

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Ecotricity—Green Gas in the UK  Monday, April 05, 2010

Ecotricity is an electricity company with a difference - we're dedicated to changing the way electricity is made. We take the money our customers spend on electricity and invest it in clean forms of power like wind energy. What's more, we're the only green electricity company actually building these new renewable energy sources. In 2007 alone we invested £25 million in wind energy.

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Captain Bethune Now Declared a Political Prisoner  Monday, April 05, 2010

News reaches us today from Japan that Captain Pete Bethune of New Zealand will face no less than five separate charges related to his boarding of the illegal whaling vessel Shonan Maru No. 2, which occurred in the Southern Ocean on February 15, 2010 during Sea Shepherd’s sixth campaign to stop this barbaric poaching operation.

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Researchers Conclude 100% Renewable Electricity Supply is Feasible  Thursday, April 01, 2010

Europe could generate all the electricity it needs from renewable sources by the middle of the century, according to a major new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) that rejects concerns about the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources.

The report – which was contributed to by researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the European Climate Forum – concludes it is technically feasible to produce a pan-continental supersmart grid powered by solar farms in North Africa, hydro electric plants in Scandinavia and the European Alps, onshore and offshore wind farms in the Baltic and North Sea, marine energy, and biomass power facilities.

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Sea Lion Pups Starving Along California Shoreline  Thursday, April 01, 2010

Starved and emaciated, sea lion pups are beaching themselves along the Pacific Coast.

A strong El Nino tropical weather pattern is to blame. Unusually warm sea surface temperatures in the western Pacific are moving east, forcing the sea lions' natural food sources — squid, hake, herring and anchovies — to seek out cooler waters.

Adult sea lions have enough fat stored up to survive the resulting food shortage, but their pups aren't so well-equipped. Richard Evans, medical director of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., tells NPR's Guy Raz that by the time the animals get to his team, they're in the third stage of starvation.

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Don't Let Congress Gut the Clean Air Act  Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would use its authority under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon pollution -- and protect polar bears, other wildlife and our natural resources from the devastating impacts of climate change.

But Congress, backed by polluter lobbyists, is moving quickly to weaken the Clean Air Act -- and prevent decisive action to address climate change.

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Making Car Fuel from Thin Air  Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Researchers from the South West are working on a £1.4 million project that could take carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into car fuel.

Scientists and engineers from the University of the West of England are collaborating with colleagues from the University of Bath, who are leading the research, and colleagues from the University of Bristol.

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Endangered Species Perish While Governments Debate Trade Rules  Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The future of the world's remaining tigers, elephants, rhinos, and polar bears, bluefin tuna, sharks, and coral as well as rosewood, mahogany, and holywood will be decided over the next 10 days by delegates from 175 countries meeting in Doha.

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Pollution from Asia Circles Globe at Stratospheric Heights  Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The economic growth across much of Asia comes with a troubling side effect: pollutants from the region are being wafted up to the stratosphere during monsoon season. The new finding, in a study led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, provides additional evidence of the global nature of air pollution and its effects far above Earth's surface.

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Rare Animals Are Being 'Eaten to Extinction'  Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rare animals, including chimpanzees and gorillas, are being hunted into extinction because of record levels of demand for bush meat, according to a new study.

Research in the Congo Basin in Africa found more than three million tonnes of 'bush meat' is being extracted from the area every year, the equivalent of butchering 740,000 bull elephants.

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Petition to End the Cruel Canadian Seal Hunt  Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Every year on the Canadian ice floes hundreds of thousands of seals are brutally bashed to death or shot by hunters for their pelts. Hunters are permitted to kill seal pups when they start to moult their downy white fur at around 12-15 days. As a result many of the seals are only babies that haven't even eaten their first solid meal or taken their first swim when they get a bullet through their skull or a club landing on their forehead.

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Demise of Coral, Salamander Show Impact of Web  Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Internet has emerged as one of the greatest threats to rare species, fueling the illegal wildlife trade and making it easier to buy everything from live baby lions to wine made from tiger bones, conservationists and law enforcement officers said Sunday.

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Protect Grizzly Bears  Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tell Interior Secretary Salazar to uphold federal protections for Yellowstone’s grizzly bears and take practical steps to ensure their long-term health.

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Fishing in Troubled Waters  Sunday, March 21, 2010

It has been said that if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, though if you teach a man to fish you feed him for life. But times have changed. Now we know that only if you save species of fish from overexploitation will there be hope of providing food for a lifetime, let alone for generations that follow.

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High Arctic Species on Thin Ice  Sunday, March 21, 2010

Populations of lemmings, caribou and red knot are some of the species that have experienced declines over the past 34 years, according to the first report from The Arctic Species Trend Index (ASTI), which provides crucial information on how the Arctic's ecosystems and wildlife are responding to environmental change.

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Do Sharks Need Protection From Us?  Sunday, March 21, 2010

Used in everything from soup to nutritional supplements and skincare products, sharks are a multi-billion dollar, global, mostly unregulated industry. Now conservationists want to declare eight species endangered.

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Prescribed Burns May Help Reduce US Carbon Footprint  Friday, March 19, 2010

The use of prescribed burns to manage Western forests may help the United States reduce its carbon footprint. A new study finds that such burns, often used by forest managers to reduce underbrush and protect bigger trees, release substantially less carbon dioxide emissions than wildfires of the same size.

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Reusing Stuff  Friday, March 19, 2010

Reduce, reuse, recycle — most of us make a habit of recycling, while the first two "Rs" go ignored. However, we can reduce how much stuff we need to recycle by reusing what we already have. Pass along usable goods to other people instead of throwing stuff in the garbage, and people will do the same for you.

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Save the Elephants: STOP BLOODY IVORY  Friday, March 19, 2010

Within days, two countries are seeking to break the worldwide ban on ivory trading -- a decision that could wipe out whole elephant populations and bring these magnificent animals closer to extinction.

But many African states and conservationists support extending the ban on elephant-slaughtering ivory trade. The decision will be made at a UN meeting in Doha starting on 13 March, and global public opinion could tip the balance!

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Petition to End the Faroe Islands' Whale & Dolphin Slaughter  Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hundreds of pilot whales are slaughtered every year on the Faroe Islands, a small group of islands north of Europe. Faroe men go out with boats to drive these animals into a fjord using nets to block their way back to sea. The whales then beach themselves, or are pulled ashore with a blunt hook lodged in their blowholes. Once beached and defenceless these whales are killed by having their spinal cords and major blood vessels cut. It can take up to three and a half minutes for a whale to eventually die.

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Eight Steps to A More Eco-Friendly Kitchen  Sunday, March 14, 2010

Once upon a time, 30 or 40 years ago, the words "green kitchen" meant that your kitchen looked like the inside of an avocado. Now (thankfully) those words mean something quite different.

Traditionally, the kitchen has been a place where waste reigned: in energy-hogging appliances, eco-unfriendly materials and a treasure-trove of toxins under the sink. But in the past decade or so, the concept of a green kitchen -- one that is energy-efficient, easier on the environment and better for your health -- has taken off.

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Don't Forget About Earth Hour  Friday, March 12, 2010

Sign up, spread the word, and switch off your lights on  March 27, 2010. Why join? You can help your state change color, and unite with the rest of the country.

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Recycling Electronics  Thursday, March 11, 2010

Computers, cell phones, game players — we upgrade and toss out the old ones fast. But these gadgets can't go into the garbage because they're filled with toxic materials. Many manufacturers and retailers are starting to take their electronics back, so you don't have to deal with it. Or find a responsible recycler near you.

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Stop Antibiotic Abuse on Factory Farms  Thursday, March 11, 2010

Factory farms use 70 percent of antibiotics in the United States, not for sick people and animals, but for healthy pigs, chickens and beef cattle. Why? The agricultural industry says it helps the animals grow to market weight more quickly. Antibiotics also compensate for the crowded, filthy conditions in which the animals live.

But this indiscriminate overuse of antibiotics creates virulent "super bugs" -- bacteria that are no longer susceptible to treatment by commonly used drugs. These bugs endanger the health of animals and humans, who can contract serious diseases through handling the animals and eating meat.

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Growing Low-Oxygen Zones in Oceans Worry Scientists  Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Lower levels of oxygen in the Earth's oceans, particularly off the United States' Pacific Northwest coast, could be another sign of fundamental changes linked to global climate change, scientists say.

They warn that the oceans' complex undersea ecosystems and fragile food chains could be disrupted.

In some spots off Washington state and Oregon , the almost complete absence of oxygen has left piles of Dungeness crab carcasses littering the ocean floor, killed off 25-year-old sea stars, crippled colonies of sea anemones and produced mats of potentially noxious bacteria that thrive in such conditions.

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Climate Change Human Link Evidence 'Stronger'  Sunday, March 07, 2010

A review from the UK Met Office says it is becoming clearer that human activities are causing climate change. It says the evidence is stronger now than when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change carried out its last assessment in 2007.

The analysis, published in the Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change Journal, has assessed 110 research papers on the subject. It says the Earth is changing rapidly, probably because of greenhouse gases.

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Biodiversity: Out of Sight, Out of Mind  Saturday, March 06, 2010

Once species disappear from the face of the Earth, they are quickly forgotten, says Samuel Turvey. In this week's Green Room, he warns that extinctions must be treated as a warning that human activities, such as overhunting and agriculture, are making the planet a poorer place to live.

It has been widely reported that the Earth's species are facing a sixth mass extinction and that human activity is to blame.

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Methane Bubbles in Arctic Seas Stir Warming Fears  Saturday, March 06, 2010

Large amounts of a powerful greenhouse gas are bubbling up from a long-frozen seabed north of Siberia, raising fears of far bigger leaks that could stoke global warming, scientists said.

It was unclear, however, if the Arctic emissions of methane gas were new or had been going on unnoticed for centuries -- since before the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century led to wide use of fossil fuels that are blamed for climate change.

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Chemicals That Eased One Environmental Problem May Worsen Another  Saturday, March 06, 2010

Chemicals that helped solve a global environmental crisis in the 1990s -- the hole in Earth's protective ozone layer -- may be making another problem -- acid rain -- worse, scientists are reporting. Their study on the chemicals that replaced the ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) once used in aerosol spray cans, air conditioners, refrigerators, and other products, appears in ACS' Journal of Physical Chemistry A.

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Global Crisis of Water Scarcity  Wednesday, March 03, 2010

While climate change has captured the headlines, many countries are running out of freshwater supplies, threatening human health and causing conflicts between nations.

In recent years, climate change seems to have elbowed out other environmental issues to become the No. 1 global problem. But the alarming worldwide water scarcity is an equally important issue, and an even more immediate threat.

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Save The Chimps—Sponsor or Donate to The Cause  Wednesday, March 03, 2010

In 2002, The Coulston Foundation (TCF), with funding withdrawn due to violations of the Animal Welfare Act, was on the verge of bankruptcy. Frederick Coulston contacted Dr. Noon and offered to sell the laboratory land and buildings to Save the Chimps, and "donate" all its 266 chimpanzees. With the future of the primates in jeopardy, Save the Chimps received an unprecedented grant of $3.7 million from the Arcus Foundation to purchase the New Mexico laboratory. Additional funding from the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, Doris Day Animal League, Friends of Washoe, In Defense of Animals, New England Anti-Vivisection Society, and others made this the largest ever single effort on behalf of captive chimpanzees. On September 16, 2002, Save the Chimps took over TCF, overnight becoming the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary.

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Sign up for WWF's Earth Hour  Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Switch off on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm to show that you care about climate change.

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European Commission, Member States Going Soft on Resumption of Ivory Trade?  Sunday, February 28, 2010

European Parliament backs total moratorium but Commission dithers

10 February 2010, Strasbourg, France, MEPs today called unequivocally for no resumption of the elephant trade. But the European Commission is being ambivalent to proposals from Tanzania and Zambia to recategorise their elephant populations to allow them to sell ivory (called “downlisting” in the relevant trade jargon). Such moves stimulate poachers seeking to exploit illicit market opportunities under cover of the legal trade.



Help Save Victimized Cambodian Wildlife  Sunday, February 28, 2010

Exploitation of plants and animals in Cambodia is devastating the region’s biodiversity. Populations of many Cambodian wildlife species, including tigers, Asian elephants and pangolins are declining sharply due to their high commercial value in the illegal wildlife trade. When possible, live animals are released back into the wild; for those animals that are too young, too socialized to humans or wounded, Wildlife Alliance provides lifetime care through the Care for Rescued Wildlife program.



Giant Iceberg Breaks Off From Antarctic Glacier  Friday, February 26, 2010

An iceberg the size of Luxembourg has broken off from a glacier in Antarctica after being rammed by another giant iceberg, scientists said on Friday, in an event that could affect ocean circulation patterns.

The 2,500 sq km (965 sq mile) iceberg broke off earlier this month from the Mertz Glacier's 160 km (100 miles) floating tongue of ice that sticks out into the Southern Ocean.

The collision has since halved the size of the tongue that drains ice from the vast East Antarctic ice sheet.

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Hazardous E-Waste Surging in Developing Countries  Friday, February 26, 2010

Sales of electronic products in countries like China and India and across continents such as Africa and Latin America are set to rise sharply in the next 10 years.

And, unless action is stepped up to properly collect and recycle materials, many developing countries face the spectre of hazardous e-waste mountains with serious consequences for the environment and public health, according to UN experts in a landmark report released February 22 by UNEP.

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She Runs With The Wolves  Friday, February 26, 2010

Laurie Lyman is one of the most highly regarded wolf trackers in Yellowstone National Park. And, at age 58, she serves as a lesson to anyone carrying an AARP card that real adventure still lies ahead: until six years ago, she was a grade school teacher in suburban San Diego. Now, says Rick McIntyre, a biologist with the park's wolf project, "Laurie is a better spotter than I am." In fact, he adds, she is "one of the best in the world" in terms of her ability to observe and interpret the subtleties of wolf behavior in the wild.



Half of All Primates Threatened with Extinction  Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nearly half the primate species are in danger of becoming extinct from destruction of tropical forests, illegal wildlife trade and commercial bush-meat hunting, conservationists said today.

"Mankind's closest living relatives--the world's apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates--are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures," the conservationists said in a news statement about the release of the report Primates in Peril: The World's 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2008-2010.



Take Action! Join the Whale Trial Pledge  Monday, February 22, 2010

Two of our activists are now on trial in Japan having acted in the public interest by exposing corruption inside the government funded whaling industry. Junichi and Toru have continued to make their voices heard despite facing intimidation by the Japanese authorities and up to 10 years in prison. They need your help now more than ever. Tell the Japanese government that you stand beside them as co-defendants.



UN to Protect Seven Migratory Sharks, but Australia Opts Out  Monday, February 22, 2010

One hundred and thirteen countries have signed on to an agreement to protect seven migratory sharks currently threatened with extinction byway of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), according to the UN Environment Program (UNEP). The agreement prohibits hunting, fishing, or deliberate killing of the great white shark, basking shark, whale shark, porbeagle shark, spiny dogfish, as well as the shortfin and longfin mako sharks. However, Australia has declared it will ignore certain protections.

“This first global CMS instrument on commercially exploited species is a decisive step forward in international shark conservation,” said CMS Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema in a press release. “Wildlife conventions, UN agencies and international fisheries need to work together to prevent these creatures that roam the world’s oceans from becoming extinct.” 



Australia Sets Japan November Deadline to Halt Whaling  Monday, February 22, 2010

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has set Japan a November deadline to stop Southern Ocean whaling or face an international legal challenge to its yearly cull, launched by his government.

Australia preferred to find a diplomatic solution to its standoff with Tokyo over the annual whale cull near Antarctica, Rudd said, but was serious about a threat made two years ago to challenge the hunt in an international court.



Bat Conservation  Friday, February 19, 2010

Bat Conservation International (BCI), based in Austin, Texas, is devoted to conservation, education, and research initiatives involving bats and the ecosystems they serve. It was founded in 1982, as scientists around the world became concerned that bats essential to the balance of nature and human economies were in alarming decline. Under the founding guidance of Dr. Merlin Tuttle, an internationally recognized authority on bats, the organization has achieved unprecedented progress by emphasizing sustainable uses of natural resources that benefit both bats and people.



An Ocean of Plastic  Thursday, February 18, 2010

Chris Jordan's work attempts to place the impact of consumerism in perspective. For his latest project he traveled to the Midway Islands, near the heart of the Pacific Trash Gyre to photograph the decomposed bodies of chicks that have been fed plastic litter by confused parents.



The Critically Endangered South China Tiger Roars Again in 2010, the Chinese Year of the Tiger  Thursday, February 18, 2010

February 14 marks the Chinese New Year for 2010, and the start of the traditional "Year of the Tiger." The people of China might be celebrating future Years of the Tigers without their native and critically endangered South China Tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) if not for the efforts of Save China's Tigers (SCT), a grassroots conservation effort headed by the charismatic Li Quan and her husband Stuart Bray. Both Ms. Quan and Mr. Bray are former senior executives in international business circles. After leaving the corporate world, Ms Quan and Mr. Bray are now stepping up as champions for China's natural environment, much of which has been lost in the Chinese march towards "The Four Modernizations."



Oceans' Acidity Rate is Soaring, Claims Study  Thursday, February 18, 2010

The rate at which the oceans are becoming more acidic is greater today than at any time in tens of millions of years, according to a new study.

Rapidly rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere mean that the rate of ocean acidification is the fastest since the age of the dinosaurs, which became extinct 65m years ago, scientists believe. 

Read the full article here



Forecast on Climate Change Legislation Cloudy  Monday, February 15, 2010

The President remains committed to advancing his stalled legislative agenda. Addressing the Democratic National Committee in Washington last Saturday, Obama insisted he is not going to let go of his aspirations for America. "I'm not going to walk away from the American people," he said. "I'm not going to walk away on any challenge."



Saving the World's Last Remaining Endangered Forests  Sunday, February 14, 2010

No matter which approach we take, no matter what new strategies we devise, one factor will always remain the same: We will get results. Everything we do is designed to achieve the strongest, most enduring environmental protection possible. Guided by this singular focus, we've secured the protection of more than 65 million acres (25 million hectares) of Endangered Forest; transformed the practices of dozens of major corporations; saved habitat for endangered species; and collaborated with communities to protect their land, preserve their ways of life and help them build new conservation-based economies.



The Perfect Green Valentine's Day Gift for Your Loved Ones  Sunday, February 14, 2010

Did you know? The burning and clearing of tropical forests contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the world's planes, trains, ships and automobiles combined. Protecting tropical forests allows us to:
  • Protect habitat of many threatened and endangered species.
  • Preserve the livlihood and incomes of local people.
  • Curb climate change quickly and afforbably.
Its the perfect green Valentine's Day gift.  Protect Acres today for yourself, a friend or family member or for the future of humanity and our one home, Earth.



CO2 Levels Highest in Two Million Years  Thursday, June 25, 2009

What happens when carbon dioxide levels skyrocket? Most climate scientists think they know the answer: global warming.

But to determine just how high temperatures may climb and how climate patterns may shift, researchers may need to pinpoint, for comparison, a time in our planet's past when a similar carbon dioxide jump happened.

Read the full article here

AMERICAN FORESTS Announces 2009 Global ReLeaf Projects  Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"AMERICAN FORESTS, the Washington, DC-based nonprofit announced today that its Global ReLeaf program will plant 3.2 million trees in 2009 to help restore forests important for endangered wildlife, clean water, and carbon sequestration. Native trees will be planted in 42 projects in 8 countries and 18 U.S. states and benefit species including endangered red cockaded woodpeckers in the South, trout in Oregon and West Virginia, the wintering grounds of monarch butterflies in Mexico, wildlife along Lower Kinabatangan River in Borneo, Malaysia, and migratory birds on four continents."

Read the full article here



Take Action to save America’s Fisheries  Tuesday, June 23, 2009

America's fisheries are in serious trouble. Overfishing, wasteful bycatch and other threats are pushing our fisheries to the brink, despite decades of ever-tightening regulations.

But there is hope. This week, the Senate is considering a funding request, submitted by Florida Senator Bill Nelson, to provide $33 million to rejuvenate America's fisheries through an innovative fishery management system called "catch shares."

A vote is scheduled this week.

Please take action today to support funding to restore America's fisheries.

View the full article and take action here

ABL.org is now on Twitter  Friday, June 05, 2009

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Earth Day  Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Today is Earth Day so let's all do something to take care of this amazing planet and all those that live in it.

BE A PART OF THE NEXT RECORD ON APRIL 26, 2009  Friday, April 03, 2009

Attention Echelon: We are inviting all of you around this wonderful world to come and join us in Hollywood, CA to participate in the recording of our new album.

The date: Sunday, April 26th, 2009.

Location will be announced in the next few days.

You won't want to miss this.

Mars is coming!!!

Urge House to Pass Anti-Horse Slaughter Bill  Monday, March 30, 2009

From theanimalrescuesite.com:

Horses have been our trusted companions and are a historically significant part of American culture. They deserve a more dignified end to their lives than to be inhumanely slaughtered and served for dinner.

H.R. 503 would put an end to this practice by prohibiting the transport of America's horses to foreign countries for slaughter. Ask President Obama today to urge Congress to support H.R. 503!

For the full article, click here



Support FARM SANCTUARY and win 2 Tickets to see 30 SECONDS TO MARS and a Meet & Greet!  Tuesday, March 24, 2009

30 Seconds to Mars is auctioning off 2 tickets to any future show AND a meet and greet with the band in support of the Farm Sanctuary’s Spring 2009 Auction. Don't miss your chance to see the band live and meet them before a future show of your choosing. The auction is active NOW and will be open until March 30, 2009 at 3:00pm EST. Click here for more information and the chance to win this exclusive prize and support Farm Sanctuary!

Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy. Farm Sanctuary envisions a world where the violence that animal agriculture inflicts upon people, animals and the environment has ended, and where instead we exercise values of compassion. Learn more at www.farmsanctuary.org.

PROVEHITO IN ALTUM

-MARS

Wolf's Worst-Case Scenario Just Happened. Help NRDC Go to Court.  Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dear NRDC Member,

It's the worst possible news for the wolves of the Northern Rockies: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has given the green light to a Bush-era plan that will kick them off the Endangered Species list.

Please give an emergency contribution to help NRDC rush to court to defend these wolves.

Nearly 1,000 wolves from Greater Yellowstone to Glacier National Park could be caught in the cross-fire of state-sponsored wolf hunts -- and that killing could begin in just a few weeks.

The decision couldn't come at a worse time. Breeding season is here, and wolves will start giving birth in April. That means pregnant females and newborn pups will be among those gunned down.

I'm sure you share my disappointment that the Obama Administration has abandoned a science-based approach in this rush to hand wolf management back to the states.

That's why NRDC cannot stand by and let this deadly attack go unchallenged.

We're filing suit in federal court to block this flawed Bush-era policy -- a policy that will simply not stand up to scientific review. But to wage and win this life-or-death case for wolves, we need your emergency donation right
away.

We've won this fight before, thanks to your support. Last summer, NRDC and 11 other conservation groups compelled the Bush Administration to abandon its first attempt to strip wolves of their protection when we made the case
that wolf populations had not yet fully recovered.

Today, less than 6 months later, wolf populations still haven't reached biological recovery levels. In fact, over this past year, the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park declined 27 percent -- and wolf pups in the park are
dying of a yet-to-be-determined disease.

It's incumbent on Secretary Salazar to withdraw this disastrous plan and submit it to the kind of rigorous scientific review that the Obama Administration has championed on so many other environmental issues.

Otherwise, we can expect a bloodbath in the Northern Rockies. The last time wolves lost their protection, 110 of them were gunned down in 120 days -- nearly one per day.

NRDC and our partners stopped the slaughter then. And we must do it again -- before the states get their "Open Fire" orders. Idaho has plans ready to go that would wipe out more than 100 wolves in just a single area of the
state.

NRDC members and activists like you have always stood up for the wolves of the Northern Rockies when they've been threatened. That's why I'm contacting you first -- and counting on you to rally to the wolves' rescue.

Wolves have already been exterminated in 96 percent of their former range. They are making one of their last stands right now in the Northern Rockies. We can't afford to have the government drag them back to the brink of
extinction.

Please click here to make an emergency contribution to save 1,000 wolves -- before the states have a chance to pull the trigger.

Sincerely,

Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

P.S. Most Americans are not even aware that wolves are in danger. That's why I'm counting on NRDC members and activists like you to rush to the wolf's rescue now while there is still time to save their lives.

Earth Hour 2009  Monday, March 23, 2009

Take part in Earth Hour 2009 on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30PM local time, wherever you live on planet Earth.  For more information on Earth Hour 2009, visit www.earthhour.org.

30 Seconds to Mars Auction of Hardhat for Habitat for Humanity  Monday, February 23, 2009

As part of 30 Seconds to Mars' support of Habitat for Humanity, the band has donated an autographed hardhat to be auctioned off by Habitat to help raise funds for families in need. Go to www.clothesoffourback.org/habitat and bid NOW. 100% of the proceeds raised in this auction benefit Habitat for Humanity families, so please bid often. Check out the auction page for the full list of bands who donated in support of this very worthy cause at www.clothesoffourback.org/habitat.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

PROVEHITO IN ALTUM

-MARS

Offsetting Your Daily Travel  Monday, January 19, 2009

According to Carbon Friendly Solutions, our cars emit more carbon dioxide than anything else. By making our day-to-day travel more efficient, we can drastically reduce our overall carbon dioxide emissions. If you're curious how much carbon dioxide your travel emits, you can use the carbon calculator below.


You can also learn how much carbon is offset during your flights or vacations, or to get the code for your own carbon calculators, click here

The Alliance for Climate Protection  Monday, December 08, 2008

http://www.climateprotect.org

Our mission is to persuade the American people-and people elsewhere in the world-of the importance and urgency of adopting and implementing effective and comprehensive solutions for the climate crisis.

The Alliance for Climate Protection is undertaking an unprecedented mass persuasion exercise based on scientific facts. Through a new combination of non-partisan alliances with Americans from all walks of life and innovative and far-reaching communication techniques the Alliance will focus on presenting the facts about climate change and its solutions to the general public in an accurate, clear and compelling manner.

Americans have always risen to meet the most important challenges to our nation's and the world's future. Together, we can address the climate challenge domestically and provide a robust economy for now and for our children.

A Beautiful Lie Recommendations  Monday, December 01, 2008

Book: The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vailliant

Movie: Earthlings, directed by Shaun Monson (2003)


The Global Carbon Project  Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Global Carbon Project (GCP) was established in 2001 in recognition of the enormous scientific challenge and fundamentally critical nature of the carbon cycle for Earth sustainability.

The scientific goal of the project is to develop a complete picture of the global carbon cycle, including both its biophysical and human dimensions together with the interactions and feedbacks between them.

http://www.globalcarbonproject.org

Will the Next Ice Age Be Permanent?  Thursday, November 13, 2008

From the NY Times:

"A new analysis of the dramatic cycles of ice ages and warm intervals over the past million years, published in Nature, concludes that the climatic swings are the gyrations of a system poised to settle into a permanent colder state - with expanded ice sheets at both poles.

In essence, says one of the two authors, Thomas J. Crowley of the University of Edinburgh, the ice age cycles over the past million years are a super-slow-motion variant of the dramatic jostlings recorded by a seismograph in an earthquake before the ground settles into a new quiet state. He and William T. Hyde of the University of Toronto used climate models and other techniques to assess the chances that the world is witnessing the final stages of a 50-million-year transition from a planet with a persistent warm climate and scant polar ice to one with greatly expanded ice sheets at both poles."

For the full article, click here

Arctic Melt Unnerves the Experts  Thursday, November 13, 2008

From the NY Times:

"The Arctic ice cap shrank so much this summer that waves briefly lapped along two long-imagined Arctic shipping routes, the Northwest Passage over Canada and the Northern Sea Route over Russia."

"Over all, the floating ice dwindled to an extent unparalleled in a century or more, by several estimates."

"Now the six-month dark season has returned to the North Pole. In the deepening chill, new ice is already spreading over vast stretches of the Arctic Ocean. Astonished by the summer's changes, scientists are studying the forces that exposed one million square miles of open water - six Californias - beyond the average since satellites started measurements in 1979."

For the full article, click here

Carbon Emissions  Friday, October 10, 2008

See where our carbon emissions are coming from, and what you can do to help, by viewing this clipping from The Good Sheet.



All Creatures Great and Small  Tuesday, October 07, 2008

From Men's Vogue:

"But then we saw that a spider the size of a golf ball had been lowering himself on a thin web slowly toward the dome of Moby's bald head. As the crowd shouted 'Don't kill it!' the actor Jared Leto leapt from the crowd with a plastic cup to contain the fierce arachnid. "The spider is an animal too," Leto said as he gingerly escorted his new friend from the stage."

For the full article, click here.

ABL 2.0  Tuesday, September 16, 2008

BARTHOLEMEW CUBBINS, ANGAKOK PANIPAQ and some creative friends of 30 SECONDS TO MARS called DEEP FRIED PRODUCTIONS have a brand new alternate version of ABL that they want to share. Initially the idea for the original video was to feature this element of graphic text running across certain images to illustrate and highlight specific environmental facts and issues. Ultimately for the initial release we felt the original was best left with a more subtle, minimal approach that left the icebergs and glaciers open and easier to see and share. We thought this version was really interesting and provocative and definitely worth sharing. So here it is: the alternate version of ABL. We hope it makes you think about the state of things the way it did for us.

Click here to watch

Support FARM SANCTUARY and win 2 Tickets to see 30 SECONDS TO MARS and a Meet & Greet!  Thursday, September 11, 2008

30 Seconds to Mars is auctioning off 2 tickets to any future show AND a meet and greet with the band in support of the Farm Sanctuary Online Auction. Don't miss your chance to see the band live and meet them before a future show of your choosing. The auction is active NOW and will be open until September 18, 2008 at 12:22pm EST. Click here for more information and the chance to win this exclusive prize and support Farm Sanctuary!

Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy. Farm Sanctuary envisions a world where the violence that animal agriculture inflicts upon people, animals and the environment has ended, and where instead we exercise values of compassion. Learn more at www.farmsanctuary.org.

Bottled Water Facts  Friday, September 05, 2008

New Yorkers drink over 1,000,000,000 bottles of water every year.

On average, bottled water costs 900 times the amount of tap water.

This year, Americans will spend $40 billion on bottled water.

25% of all bottled water is re-packaged tap water.

Tap water regulation has more stringent governmental standars than that of bottled water regulation.

The amount of oil required to put one bottle of water in your hand would fill 1/4 of that same bottle.

90% of used water bottles are not recycled.

Right now, millions of pounds of track are floating in the Pacific Ocean to form an 'island' at least twice the size of Texas. 90% of that trash is discarded plastic...



Arctic Sea Ice At Second Lowest Level On Record  Thursday, August 28, 2008

From redOrbit:

"Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center say Arctic Ocean sea ice has melted to the second lowest level since satellite observations began.

On Monday, they recorded Sea ice melt that exceeded the low recorded in 2005, which had held second place.

Ice in summer 2008 has a chance to diminish below the record low set last year, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Some environmentalists groups are calling the rapid melts another alarm bell warning of global warming.

For the full article, click here.

Habitat for Humanity / Hope-Builders Update  Thursday, August 28, 2008

We are proud to announce that the HOUSE THE ECHELON BUILT – the Echelon initiated Habitat for Humanity project – is nearing completion on its 5th house. Let’s do all we can to help them meet their target.

You can view the Echelon’s HopeBuilder’s page and donate at http://www.hopebuilders.org.uk/fundraising.php?c=viewaccount&aid=71.

Jared joins Habitat for Humanity on a visit to Sentul  Wednesday, August 20, 2008

On the heels of his co-host role at MTV Asia’s annual award show in Malaysia, Jared Leto paid a visit to Sentul, Malaysia to visit a potential build site for Kuala Lumpur’s Habitat for Humanity offices.



To read about Jared’s visit and see more pictures, visit Habitat Malaysia’s weblog.

In Greenland, a Memoir of the Earth  Tuesday, August 05, 2008

From Time.com:

"From 30,000 feet up, flying over the heart of the ice cap, you can't imagine it would ever be possible to lose Greenland. The only flaws in the sheer, marble-colored landscape are the black shadows cast by the scattered clouds above. But as our plane heads west toward the old American air base at Kangerlussuaq, puddles of blue glacial melt begin to appear, vast, unblinking eyes that reflect the sky back up. Then the whiteness is suddenly ruptured, the ice wrinkles and thins,revealing slashes of rock beneath the 2.9 million cubic km of ice. By the time the coast comes into sight, the ice sheet ends abruptly,leaving bare brown dirt and rock. Finally as we descend toKangerlussuaq, the green in Greenland is visible."

For the full article, click here

EPA experts detail global warming's health risks  Tuesday, July 15, 2008

By DINA CAPPIELLO
WASHINGTON (AP) - Government scientists detailed a rising death toll from heat waves, wildfires, disease and smog caused by global warming in an analysis the White House buried so it could avoid regulating greenhouse gases.

In a 149-page document released Monday, the experts laid out for the first time the scientific case for the grave risks that global warming poses to people, and to the food, energy and water on which society depends.

"Risk (to human health, society and the environment) increases with increases in both the rate and magnitude of climate change," scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency said. Global warming, they wrote, is "unequivocal" and humans are to blame. The document suggests that extreme weather events and diseases carried by ticks and other organisms could kill more people as temperatures rise.

Allergies could worsen because climate change could produce more pollen. Smog, a leading cause of respiratory illness and lung disease, could become more severe in many parts of the country. At the same time, global warming could mean fewer illnesses and deaths due to cold.

"This document inescapably, unmistakably shows that global warming pollution not only threatens human health and welfare, but it is adversely impacting human health and welfare today," said Vickie Patton, deputy general counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund. "What this document demonstrates is that the imperative for action is now."

While the science pointed to a link between public health and climate change, the Bush administration has worked to discourage such a connection. To acknowledge one would compel the government to regulate greenhouse gases.

The administration on Friday dismissed the scientists' findings when it made clear that the Clean Air Act was the wrong tool to control global warming pollution. Instead, the administration asked for public comment on a range of ways to reduce greenhouse gases from cars, airplanes, trains and smokestacks under the 1970 law.

A better solution, the EPA said, would have Congress writing a law aimed just at global warming. Jonathan Shradar, a spokesman for EPA chief Stephen Johnson, said that while the administrator knows that "the science is clear and that climate change is a significant issue", Johnson did not want to make a "rash decision under the wrong law."

"Once there is an endangerment finding, then the Clean Air Act is activated and regulation may begin," Shradar said. In December, the White House refused to open an e-mail from the EPA that included the finding that climate change endangered public welfare. The determination was based on an earlier, and similar version of the document released Monday. At the time, the White House insisted on removing all references to the science, according to Jason K. Burnett, a former adviser to Johnson on climate issues.

Burnett, a Democrat, has charged that Vice President Dick Cheney's office deleted portions of congressional testimony last October prepared by the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that made similar assertions on the health effects of global warming.

The White House contends the testimony was changed because of doubts about the science. After the release of the EPA analysis, industry representatives suggested the link between climate change and health was weak. "The question is not a scientific one. It is a legal and political question, of how much impact justifies the extraordinary use of the Clean Air Act," said Scott Segal, director of the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, a coalition of power companies. While no one doubts that more people die in a heat wave, the question is whether that death is "related to manmade greenhouse gas emissions," he said.

Future Snowmelt In West Twice As Early As Expected; Threatens Ecosystems And Water Reserves  Tuesday, July 15, 2008

From Science Daily:

According to a new study, global warming could lead to larger changes in snowmelt in the western United States than was previously thought, possibly increasing wildfire risk and creating new water management challenges for agriculture, ecosystems and urban populations.

Researchers, including a Purdue University professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, discovered that a critical surface temperature feedback is twice as strong as what had been projected by earlier studies.

For the full article, click here.

Richest Nations Pledge to Halve Greenhouse Gas  Friday, July 11, 2008

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
RUSUTSU, Japan - President Bush and leaders of the world's richest nations pledged Tuesday to "move toward a low-carbon society" by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, the latest step in a long evolution by a president who for years played down the threat of global warming.

The declaration by the Group of 8 - the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and Russia - was the first time that the Bush White House had publicly backed an explicit long-term target for eliminating the gases that scientists have said are warming the planet. But it failed to set a goal for cutting emissions over the next decade, and drew sharp criticism from environmentalists, who called it a missed opportunity.

On Wednesday, leaders of developing nations took up the climate change issue and said that they too supported "a long-term global goal for emission reductions," but they were not specific and fell short of supporting the Group of 8 declaration.

In a sense, the Group of 8 document represents an environmental quid pro quo. In exchange for agreeing to the "50 by 2050" language, Mr. Bush got what he has sought as his price for joining an international accord: a statement from the rest of the Group of 8 that developing nations like China and India, which have not accepted mandatory caps on carbon emissions, must be included in any climate change treaty.

European leaders, who have long pressed Mr. Bush to take a more aggressive stance on global warming, said the declaration could enhance efforts to reach a binding agreement to reduce emissions when negotiators meet in Copenhagen next year under United Nations auspices.

"This is a strong signal to citizens around the world," the president of the European Commission, Jos&>33; Manuel Barroso, told reporters. "The science is clear, the economic case for action is stronger than ever. Now we need to go the extra mile to secure an ambitious global deal in Copenhagen."

The leaders of the eight industrialized countries, who gathered on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido for their annual meeting, spent months debating the language of Tuesday's communiqu&>33; in lower-level talks. Critics said it was short on specifics, and that developed and developing countries would need to make much sharper cuts in emissions to head off the worst effects of global warming.

The statement left unclear, for instance, if the cuts made by 2050 would be pegged to current emissions levels, or 1990 levels, as many advocates had hoped.

A 50 percent cut from current levels would result in a smaller decrease by 2050 than Japan and European nations had envisioned under the Kyoto Protocol, the international climate agreement that the Bush administration rejected after it took office. Kyoto and earlier agreements had set 1990 as the baseline for cuts. The United States emitted about 20 percent more carbon dioxide in 2007 than it did in 1990.

"It is one step forward from the U.S. point of view, because President Bush has agreed that the United States, for the first time, must be bound by an international treaty," said Philip E. Clapp, director of the Pew Environmental Group, who is here monitoring the negotiations. "But the emissions reduction goal is extremely weak; the language in the communiqu&>33; is almost meaningless."

The White House painted the document as a victory.

"The G-8 is giving a lot, but the G-8 is also suggesting that others need to be part of that equation," said James L. Connaughton, Mr. Bush's top environmental adviser. "And that's a very important shared statement."

Mr. Bush did not speak publicly about it, although Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany raised the issue when she appeared briefly before cameras with the president, before the document was released. Mrs. Merkel, who has been pushing Mr. Bush to take a stronger stance on global warming, pronounced herself "very satisfied."

Yet already, there are signs that the document could produce a rift between rich and poor nations. South Africa's minister of environmental affairs, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, issued a blistering critique of Tuesday's communiqu&>33;, calling it a concession to "the lowest common denominator" and expressing concern that it "may, in effect, be a regression from what is required to make meaningful change."

Cutting emissions in half is one step in curtailing warming, climate experts have long said, because the main greenhouse gas generated by human activities, carbon dioxide, can persist for a century or more in the atmosphere, once it is released. As long as more is being emitted than the oceans or plants can absorb, its concentration will rise. And fuel emissions are projected to rise relentlessly, driven by quickly expanding economies in Asia.

For Mr. Bush, with just six months left in office, Tuesday's declaration was part of a concerted effort to salvage his legacy on climate change. His reputation as an outlier on the issue was set in the earliest days of his administration, when he abandoned a campaign promise to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and refused to join the Kyoto Protocol because it did not apply to developing nations.

But over time, Mr. Bush's stance has shifted. In 2005, he surprised Europeans when, on a trip to Denmark, he stated unequivocally that humans caused global warming.

Some advocates credit the Group of 8 with Mr. Bush's shift. "The peer pressure on issues like climate change has helped," Dennis Howlett, coordinator of the Canadian advocacy group Make Poverty History, said Tuesday.

On the way to last year's Group of 8 meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany, Mr. Bush proposed his own process for grappling with global warming: a series of meetings involving so-called major emitters, including the developing nations China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico, dubbed the Outreach Five.

Those leaders have been meeting this week in Sapporo, also on the island of Hokkaido, and on Tuesday they issued their own declaration, pledging, without specifics, to work toward reducing emissions in "a deviation from business as usual" if developing countries offered them financial assistance to do so.

"This is a positive answer to the G-8 leaders' demand for action by all major emitters," said David Doniger of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington. "That's news."

Tuesday's communiqu&>33; was not the end of the discussion here. On Wednesday, the Outreach Five leaders and their counterparts in South Korea, Indonesia and Australia joined the Group of 8 for a second round of talks and a declaration from the entire group was issued suggesting they believed developed countries should share the biggest portion of the climate change burden.

Alden Meyer, who is tracking the negotiations for the Union of Concerned Scientists, said Tuesday evening, "Developing countries want the industrialized world to do more."

The climate paper was among a series of communiques issued Tuesday on matters as varied as the rising food prices, the global economy, aid to Africa and the political crisis in Zimbabwe.

Environmentalists' feelings were perhaps best summed up in an ad in The Financial Times on Tuesday, placed by Avaaz.org, an international online advocacy group. It showed the faces of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Mr. Bush and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada pasted on the Japanese cartoon character Hello Kitty.

"Hello Kiddies," the headline read. "Be a grown-up. Set 2020 climate targets now."


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Corals, Already in Danger, Are Facing New Threat From Farmed Algae  Friday, July 11, 2008

By CHRISTOPHER PALA
BUTARITARI, Kiribati - Off the palm-fringed white beach of this remotePacific atoll, the view underwater is downright scary.

Corals are being covered and smothered to death by a bushy seaweedthat is so tough even algae-grazing fish avoid it. It settles in thereef's crevices that fish once called home, driving them away.

Dead coral stops supporting the ecosystem and, within a couple ofdecades, it will crumble into rubble, allowing big ocean waves to reach the beach during storms and destroy the flimsy thatched huts of the Micronesians.

"We are catching less and less fish, and the seaweeds are fouling our nets," says Henry Totie, a fisherman and Butaritari's traditional chief, in an interview in his traditionally built house in the village near the blue-green lagoon.

The area affected, about four miles long and a mile wide, lies off the island's main village, an underwater examination showed. It looked strikingly similar to Kaneohe Bay in the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where the seaweed also has spread out of control.

"This is one of the most damaging seaweeds I have ever seen," says Jennifer E. Smith of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who has studied the Hawaiian invasion for eight years. "If there is that much< Eucheuma in Butaritari, it proves it can destroy a healthy reef as opposed to a degraded one like in Kaneohe."

Moiwa Erutarem, the Butaritari representative of the fisheries ministry, said the biggest losses were being felt by the most vulnerable: those who use nets in the shallow coral table and do not have the boats required to fish farther away. Seafood is virtually the only source of protein in Butaritari, complemented by breadfruit and coconut.

This equatorial island of 4,000 people is the latest victim of a 30-year global effort to encourage poor people in the coastal areas of the tropics to grow seaweed that, while not edible, produces carrageenan, an increasingly sought-after binder and fat substitute used in the food industry, notably in ice cream.

Today, about 120,000 dry metric tons a year are produced, mostly in the Philippines and Indonesia, where the two main algae originate. Kappaphycus alvarezii is most desirable because of its high carrageenan content; Eucheuma denticulatum is less valuable but easier to cultivate.

Both were introduced in the past three decades to 20 countries around the world from Tonga to Zanzibar and the result in most of them has been failure or worse. The alga K. alvarezii invaded the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve in south India a decade after commercial cultivation began in nearby Panban. "No part of the coral reef was visible in most of the invaded sites, where it doomed entire colonies," the journal Current Science has reported.

In the Pacific, for example, the two algae were introduced to 10 countries and are said to be commercially cultivated in three: Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Tonga.

But in the case of Kiribati, interviews with seaweed officials in Tarawa, the capital of this nation of tiny islands sprinkled over a swath of ocean the size of India, reveal that since the first effort to cultivate algae in 1986, the industry has lost money almost every year and the farmers have shown little enduring enthusiasm for the crop.

In some places and times, low prices are blamed. In others, unreliable purchasers are. Then there are cultural factors. Some Pacific countries, like Kiribati, are populated by what ethnologists call nonconsumers: people who need just a little cash to get by and once that need is met, prefer to spend time with their family, go fishing or sleep.

There is also "pubusi," (pronounced poo-boo-SEE) the local tradition in which one person can ask another for pretty much anything, using the magic word, and the other person has to hand it over or face public opprobrium.

"What's the point of making money if you have to pubusi it all away?" says Kevin Rouatu, a stocky, cheerful former banker who runs the Atoll Seaweed Company in Kiribati.

This state-owned company was formed in 1991 to restart failed efforts by the fisheries ministry, advised by foreign consultants, to introduce seaweed farming in the 1980s. Today, after the algae were introduced to 10 islands in Kiribati, only one, Fanning in the Line Islands, is producing anything. So the government is giving up on the other nine and moving the seaweed company to Christmas Island, which is near Fanning Island and more than 2,000 miles from Tarawa.

"The government raised the price we pay to farmers to 60 cents a kilo so we lose 27 cents a kilo by the time we've shipped it to the processing plant," which is 3,000 miles away in the Philippines, Mr. Rouatu said. "The government didn't give us the difference last year, so we were only able to buy 100 tons, and the farmers are now stuck with 250 tons."

In Butaritari, where seaweed farming ended two years ago, Reuera Redfern, a retired seaman who became the island's top producer and then the seaweed company's purchasing agent, estimates there is 6 to 10 dry tons' worth of Eucheuma - the variety with less carrageenan - on the coral reefs today, and an unknown amount off Tarawa. Mr. Redfern said he was told it was also spreading in Abemama, another island in the Gilbert group.

Today, Mr. Totie, the Butaritari traditional chief, says the only way to prevent Eucheuma (which locals call seaweeda, since it has no local name) from destroying the entire lagoon is for the seaweed company to offer to buy it. "Then the people would go out and get it and it would be gone in a few months," he said. "If they wait, the problem will just get worse." Mr. Rouatu agrees that some sort of noncommercial purchase plan needs to be set up to save the Butaritari lagoon, perhaps with foreign aid.

In an interview, President Anote Tong recalled going fishing with Mr. Redfern, his school friend, and said he was aware of the problem. But he displayed little interest in solving it, saying vaguely that it required a "scientific solution" - which he could not define.

"Buying it is something we cannot afford," he said. "If we got a grant for that purpose, maybe, but," he added with a fleeting smile, "it may encourage cultivation."

Dr. Smith argued that even if by world standards the damage caused by the alga is small, it adds a layer of stress to corals already dying fast because most of the algae-grazing fish that kept the reef ecosystem healthy have been eaten, leading to a much higher coral mortality when global warning sends water temperatures up. "Introduced species have had large impacts on marine ecosystems around the world," she said. "We should avoid the intentional introduction of species that are known to harm coral, not promote it."

In Hawaii, three kinds of algae were brought in during the 1970s by a professor of botany at the University of Hawaii, Max Doty, who developed the techniques of cultivation that were exported around the world. One species dominates Oahu's south and the two others, mostly Eucheuma, have spread to about half of the coral heads of Kaneohe Bay.

Celia Smith, the successor to the late Dr. Doty at the university, is now a leader in the effort to save the bay. "It's not easy," she said, for the seaweeds grow at a rate of 7 percent a week.

The university, state and Nature Conservancy devised Super Suckers, vacuum cleaners on powered catamarans that are sucking up 3,000 pounds of seaweed a day each. "At the current rate, we'll need 10 years to clean up the bay," says Brian Hauk, the state aquatic invasive species supervisor.


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30 SECONDS TO MARS AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY UNITE FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND BUILD  Monday, June 30, 2008

30 Seconds To Mars And Hollywood For Habitat For Humanity Unite For One-Of-A-Kind Build.

Over $10,000 raised by band auctioning off the chance to build alongside them and a Habitat for Humanity Partner family in Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles, CA (June 30, 2008) Multi-platinum selling recording artists 30 Seconds to Mars joined hands yesterday with Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity for a one-of-a-kind Habitat build day in Carson, CA. In advance of the build, the band organized an auction of "build slots" to give fans the opportunity to volunteer alongside them and their family and friends. In less than a week, six extra workers were enlisted and over $10,000.00 was raised to fund additional Habitat for Humanity projects.

Working on a home being repaired and renovated through the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles' "A Brush With Kindness" program, the band, their family and friends, and the auction winners joined Melvin Jones as he performed urgently needed repairs to the home that his mother currently resides in and has owned for over 35 years.

The auction winners/volunteers traveled to the build site from as close by as Los Angeles and as far away as Vienna, Austria. Following a full day of hard work on the build site, Theresa, one of the intercontinental volunteers, said of the experience: "We bid because of the band but the experience was more rewarding than we could have ever imagined. It was great to meet some very nice people, have fun and do good... and it was very impressive to see how the band worked their butts off!"

Originally, the auction was intended to be for two morning slots and two afternoon slots, but after an overwhelming response, two additional volunteers were accommodated. Andi, a fan from Budapest, who bid for and won the morning auction was unable to attend and donated her slots to Kira and Jen, two fellow 30 Seconds to Mars fans that she had met on tour.

Fans quickly got involved around the globe. Even those who couldn't outbid the winners were able to participate and support the band's efforts. The Echelon (30 Seconds to Mars' core fans) created their own initiative within "Hope Builders", a program of Habitat for Humanity in the UK, which raises funds to build homes internationally. Within the same week that the auctions were running prior to the band's build day in Los Angeles, "The House that the Echelon Built" had already raised enough money in the UK to fund the construction of more than two homes and is currently approaching their target for a third.

"We are so proud of our friends and family around the world who have put together their own teams and volunteered," commented Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars. "It's a wonderful and selfless gift and we are so thankful and moved by the generosity shown by all. It was a great day today with our family, friends and fans on the build site with the Jones family in Carson, but it was even more special knowing we were joined around the world in this event. We ended the build covered in dirt, sweat and smiles."

"Seeing the work being done on the Jones home, by two generations of family, for two generations of family, and watching the band members introduce their mother to Melvin's mother was truly inspiring," said Allison Winkler, VP of Music and Talent Partnerships for Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity. "Everyone who volunteered worked tirelessly, and was generous with their spirit, in addition to being generous with their time. We are very grateful to 30 Seconds to Mars, to all involved with this unique A Brush with Kindness build event, and for the outpouring of support globally for Habitat for Humanity from the 30 Seconds to Mars community."

All carbon emissions caused or resulted from travel associated with the 30 Seconds to Mars auction for Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity will be offset with a purchase of green tags.


About Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity
Launched in 2000 with a 20 house "blitz build", Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity (HFHFH) is an entertainment industry partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Actors, screenwriters, musicians, agents, directors, producers, studio executives and label executives are among the thousands of volunteers who have helped build homes for people in need, in the United States and around the world. HFHFH was founded by Screenwriter/Director Randall Wallace (Braveheart, We Were Soldiers) to support Habitat for Humanity's goal of eliminating substandard housing by making decent, affordable housing a matter of conscience and action. Participants support the work through donations, volunteer hours and advocacy. HFHFH works in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to help HFHFH volunteers connect donors and supporters to Habitat for Humanity's work around the globe. http://www.hollywoodforhabitat.com

About A Brush With Kindness
Launched during the Jimmy Carter Work Project Los Angeles (October, 2007), Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles' A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) program focuses on safety related improvements and exterior home repair services (painting, roof repairs, other minor exterior repairs and cleanup, landscaping, etc). ABWK is a benevolent program serving low-income homeowners impacted by age, disability and family circumstances who struggle to maintain their homes, and homeowners with disabilities and senior citizens are given priority. ABWK repairs help maintain the health and safety of the occupants, preserve the dwelling and enhance neighborhoods and the city at large. By targeting specific communities in need, ABWK makes a noticeable impact, revitalizing the appearance of the homes and strengthening connections in the community. With a moderate investment of funds and the use of volunteer labor, Habitat for Humanity can now help low-income homeowners to continue to live independently and securely in their homes, remove blight, and, most importantly, help preserve the affordable housing stock in a community. http://www.habitatla.org/abwk.asp

 


North Pole could be ice-free this summer, scientists say  Saturday, June 28, 2008

From CNN.com: "The North Pole may be briefly ice-free by September as global warming melts away Arctic sea ice, according to scientists from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

"We kind of have an informal betting pool going around in our center and that betting pool is 'does the North Pole melt out this summer?' and it may well," said the center's senior research scientist, Mark Serreze.

It's a 50-50 bet that the thin Arctic sea ice, which was frozen in autumn, will completely melt away at the geographic North Pole, Serreze said."

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BID FOR THE CHANCE TO HELP 30 SECONDS TO MARS & HABITAT FOR HUMANITY  Saturday, June 14, 2008

Bid on one of two chances to join 30 Seconds to Mars and Habitat for Humanity for a very special private build event on June 25th in the Los Angeles area. All of the proceeds from the auction will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

You will be able to bid for you and a friend to join the band, their friends and family during either a morning or afternoon build. To bid, or to learn more about the rules, the build or Habitat for Humanity, click here.

This is an amazing organization and we are very excited to join them. Come be a part of what will be an unforgettable day!

We Can Solve It  Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"No single person will stop global warming, but by working together, we can make it a priority for government and business. We'll succeed because when people unite and call for action, change is inevitable. Together we can solve the climate crisis."

Visit wecansolveit.org for more information.

Polar Bear to Be Designated as Threatened  Wednesday, May 14, 2008

From The Wall Street Journal:

"The Interior Department has decided to protect the polar bear as a threatened species, amid a decline in Arctic sea ice due to global warming, handing environmentalists a major victory. Opponents said it could trigger new obstacles for oil companies seeking to drill in the Arctic. The official announcement was to come from Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne later this afternoon."

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Lake in Chile Empties from Melting Glacier  Tuesday, April 15, 2008

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Melting ice in southern Chile caused a glacial lake to swell and then empty suddenly, sending a "tsunami" rolling through a river, a scientist said Thursday. No one was injured in the remote region.

Cachet Lake is shown partially dried in early April, next to the Colonia glacier.

Glacier scientist Gino Casassa said the melting of the Colonia glacier, which he blamed on rising world temperatures, filled the Cachet Lake and increased pressure on the ice sheet.

The water bored a 5-mile (an 8-kilometer) tunnel through the glacier and finally emptied into the Baker River on April 6.

"The remarkable thing is that the mass of water moved against the current of the river," Casassa told The Associated Press by telephone from the Center for Scientific Studies in the southern city of Valdivia. "It was a real river tsunami."

The lake was nearly full again by late Wednesday, he said. Casassa said temperatures were unusually high during the recent Southern Hemisphere summer.

"This is a phenomenon that occurs periodically during the summer season, caused by the melting of large masses of ice that swell some lakes," he said. "The basic cause is global warming."

The Tempano lake in Chile's Bernardo O'Higgins National Park abruptly disappeared last year, and has since recovered just some of its former volume.

Ice On The Move  Monday, April 14, 2008

From CNN.com: "Ice on the move. The Wilkins ice shelf suffered a large fracture this week, as an area seven times the size of Manhattan collapsed. Satellite images over the past month indicate that a 160-square-mile section of ice from the shelf, on the western edge of the Antarctica Peninsula, had disintegrated. It is the latest of several collapses around the peninsula, which has warmed markedly in recent decades and shed other fringing ice shelves. In each case, the removal of ice around the periphery seems to allow inland ice to move more readily toward the sea."



Protect America's Endangered Wolves  Monday, March 24, 2008

The Bush administration has just eliminated federal protections for hundreds of endangered wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies. This decision leaves the region's wolves at the mercy of outrageous state management plans that could lead to the killing of all but 300 wolves and eliminating 80% of all the wild wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies.

Learn more and join the fight at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/...9?z00m=13792952

Many thanks to our ever-vigilant army four bringing this horrific story and worthwhile cause to our attention.

World Water Day  Friday, March 21, 2008

World Water Day is happening on March 22nd. Find more information about this cause by visiting http://worldwaterday.net

ABL added to MTV & MTV2  Wednesday, March 05, 2008

It's official. MTV has added A Beautiful Lie into its rotation beginning Monday, March 10. Additionally, MTV2 has moved the video into its Elite 8!

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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tax Breaks Pass House Vote  Wednesday, February 27, 2008

From NRDC:

Many renewable industries facing collapse moved one step closer to a reprieve today when the House of Representatives voted 236-182 in favor of the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

Many energy incentives contained in the 2005 energy bill are set to expire by the end of 2008. Without extending tax incentives to invest in renewable industries, many companies would face massive layoffs starting as early as next month.

View the full press release here

New Report Card Shows U.S. Ocean Health is Sinking  Wednesday, February 27, 2008

From NRDC:

"WASHINGTON (February 27, 2008) – The United States gets an overall grade of C for oceans restoration efforts in 2007, according to the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI) in its report card issued today. The annual Ocean Policy Report Card is designed to measure how quickly and effectively government implements recommendations from two recent national commissions that were established to ensure the continued health and productivity of ocean resources.

The federal government received a D for their lack of a cohesive federal policy to protect and restore ocean resources. State governments received the highest grade, an A-, for their continued efforts to establish and implement individual state ocean reform legislation."

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Positive Press for ABL.org  Friday, February 08, 2008

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The world's rubbish dump: a garbage tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan  Thursday, February 07, 2008

From The Independent: "A 'plastic soup' of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.

The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world's largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting 'soup' stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan."

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Congress may soon vote on an energy bill...  Thursday, January 31, 2008

Scientists agree that unless we act soon to significantly reduce global warming pollution, average temperatures will continue to rise, causing more heat waves, air pollution, droughts and wildfires, heavier rains and flooding, rising sea levels, melting tundra and widespread loss of wildlife habitat.

Urge your senators to co-sponsor and strengthen legislation that would cut global warming emissions.

Join the campaign by clicking here and signing the petition.

The Story  Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"The Arctic...

Beautiful. Desolate. Fragile. There's something magical about even the name itself. I heard recently that often times the most difficult path is also the right one. Well, this project was definitely one of the most painstaking and difficult creative challenge we have ever undertaken as a band. It has also been one of the most inspiring – a rare opportunity to reach into our imagination and push the limits of whats possibile. It will always be an important part of our story and adefining element of our lives."

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Whole Foods Market going all out for reusable  Monday, January 28, 2008

Whole Foods is eliminating plastic bags in their stores, and encouraging their customers to bring reusable bags when they visit. For the full article, click here


Arctic ice-cap loss twice the size of France  Sunday, January 27, 2008

From AFP: "The Arctic ice cap has shrunk by an area twice the size of France's land mass over the last two years, the Paris-based National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) said Wednesday.

"The year 2008 promises to be a critical year on every level," said Jean-Claude Gascard, the body's research director and coordinator of European scientific mission Damocles, which is monitoring the effects of climate change across the Arctic."

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Sea level rise doubles in 150 years  Friday, January 25, 2008

From the Guardian UK: "Global warming is doubling the rate of sea level rise around the world, but attempts to stop it by cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions are likely to be futile, leading researchers will warn today.

The oceans will rise nearly half a metre by the end of the century, forcing coastlines back by hundreds of metres, the researchers claim. Scientists believe the acceleration is caused mainly by the surge in greenhouse gas emissions produced by the development of industry and introduction of fossil fuel burning."

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U.S. Court Backs States’ Measures to Cut Emissions  Friday, January 25, 2008

From the New York Times: "A federal judge in Vermont gave the first legal endorsement to rules in California, being copied in 13 other states, that intend to reduce greenhouse gases emitted by automobiles."

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Marketers Warned To Stay Clear Of ‘Green Trap’  Friday, January 25, 2008

From EnvironmentalLeader.com: "America’s consumers offer a warning to business leaders and marketers looking to ride the green wave: either back your eco-friendly words with socially responsible actions or risk a backlash. Conscious consumers are demanding that companies be transparent about their practices and accountable for their impact on people and the planet."

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NRDC brings analysis to social networking  Friday, January 25, 2008

From DMNews: "From The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) has brought a measurement element to its recently launched social media site, branded It's Your Nature, by launching a widget.

It hopes to address a problem many marketers face with the rising use of social media: how to track user activity."

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NRDC Urges Administration to Protect Polar Bear as Endangered Species, Curb Global Warming Emissions  Friday, January 25, 2008

From YubaNet.com: "As a result of dramatic sea ice retreat this summer and the smallest Arctic sea ice coverage ever recorded, the world's wild polar bear populations are at risk of extinction if Arctic sea ice continues to shrink at current rates."

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Fake Plastic Trees  Friday, January 25, 2008

From CNN: "The idea of intervening to modify the earth's climate is not a new one. As early as 1836, American meteorologist James Pollard Espy proposed enhancing precipitation by lighting huge fires, which earned him the nickname 'The Storm King'.

More recently the U.S. National Academy of Sciences has suggested that erecting a vast bank of mirrors in space -- to reflect and block out sunlight -- would lower temperatures."

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