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Lessons from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Topic of Public Forum
First Elisabeth and Henry Morss Jr. Colloquium to be held October 31 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Red Tide Models and Forecasts to be Expanded in Gulf of Maine
A new observation and modeling program focused on the southern Gulf of Maine and adjacent New England shelf waters could aid policymakers in deciding whether or not to re-open, develop, and manage offshore shellfish beds with potential sustained harvesting value of more than $50 million per year. These areas are presently closed to the harvest of certain shellfish species due to the presence of red tide toxins.
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Stripped of ESA Status: Bald Eagle To Fight For Foothold After Threatened Species Delisting In Early 2007.
In less than four months, the American bald eagle is set to be stripped of its Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection. The anticipated date is expected on or before February 16, 2007. With more than 7,000 pairs in the lower 48 states, eagle numbers have jumped markedly from the 417 pairs tallied in the DDT-driven 1960's – but many Americans remain unconvinced that the eagle is truly home free.
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Fueled by Developing Asia, Global Economy Continues to Expand
"The world economy grew by 4.9 percent in 2005, down slightly from the 30-year high of 5.3 percent in 2004. Leading the expansion were China, growing by 10.2 percent, and India at 8.5 percent. Gross world product increased from $7 trillion in 1950 to $61 trillion in 2005, based on purchasing power parity. Annual income per person rose from $2,923 to $9,440 during this period. Early projections for 2006 and 2007 show sustained growth of roughly 5 percent," says Elizabeth Mygatt of the Earth Policy Institute.
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Antique Whale Oil Provides Insights to Origin of Pre-Industrial Chemicals
One of the last New England whaling ships has provided unexpected insights into the origin of halogenated organic compounds (HOCs) that have chemical and physical properties similar to PCBs and the pesticide DDT. HOCs are found everywhere and degrade slowly, but some are naturally produced and others produced by humans.
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Oldest Known Chimpanzee in U.S. Lab to Retire After Half Century
She has lived in a laboratory for over a half century. Gwen, a 54-year-old chimpanzee – believed to be the oldest chimpanzee held for research in the U.S. – is to be released into sanctuary this month. She is scheduled to leave New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) and be released to Chimp Haven, a partially federally funded sanctuary in Louisiana. Little is publicly known about Gwen except her age and ID number – Ch 428.
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Rapid Sea Level Rise in the Arctic Ocean May Alter Views of Human Migration
Scientists have found new evidence that the Bering Strait near Alaska flooded into the Arctic Ocean about 11,000 years ago, 1,000 years earlier than widely believed, closing off the land bridge thought to be the major route for human migration from Asia to the Americas.
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Indigenous Tribe Takes Over Peru's Largest Oil Facility in Protest at Environmental Disaster, Amazon Watch Reports
Amazon Watch is urging the Peruvian government to avoid violence after hundreds of native Amazonians today occupied Peru's largest oil refinery in protest at the toxic devastation of their ancestral lands.
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Perchards and webix join forces on compliance software
Producer responsibility policy consultants Perchards and reverse logistics software developer webix solutions GmbH have teamed up to develop XPReS, a range of software to facilitate compliance with European producer responsibility legislation on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), packaging and batteries.
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First Symposium on Private Nature Reserves for Conservation
Last week the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands and the World Land Trust hosted the first symposium on "Land Purchase as an Intervention Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation". Fourteen representatives of organisations from around the world, and funded by the hosts, gathered in a small hotel inside a Dutch national park to compare and exchange experiences.
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