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Judgment Day Set for Polar Bears
Conservation groups announced on June 29 that they have reached a settlement in a lawsuit to protect polar bears under the Endangered Species Act. Under the settlement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must complete its "12-month" finding on whether polar bears should be listed under the Endangered Species Act by December 27, 2006.
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GSPI Consortium Plans 500-Million Gallons Biofuels Production
Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC: GSPI) (GreenStarUSA.com) announced today that it has finalized negotiations with a Consortium of Companies to produce up to 500-million gallons of Biofuels annually within five years.
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Global Wind Power Expands in 2006
"Global wind electricity-generating capacity increased by 24 percent in 2005 to 59,100 megawatts. This represents a twelvefold increase from a decade ago, when world wind-generating capacity stood at less than 5,000 megawatts. Wind is the world's fastest-growing energy source with an average annual growth rate of 29 percent over the last ten years. In contrast, over the same time period, coal use has grown by 2.5 percent per year, nuclear power by 1.8 percent, natural gas by 2.5 percent, and oil by 1.7 percent," says Joseph Florence of the Earth Policy Institute.
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New WHOI Deep-Sea Hybrid Vehicle Gets a Mythical Name
Nereus, a mythical god with the torso of a man and the tail of a fish, was chosen June 25 as the name of a new deep-sea vehicle under construction at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The vehicle, known until now as the Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle, or HROV, will be able to work in the deepest parts of the ocean, from 6,500 meters to 11,000 meters (21,500 feet to 36,000 feet), a depth currently unreachable for routine ocean research.
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Celebrate July 4th with Bald Eaglets – Live on the Web!
Celebrate the 4th of July this year by watching live bald eaglets on your own computer screen, just a few weeks before they fledge from the nest. You can see two bald eaglets being fed and cared for by their eagle parents live from a nest off the coast of Maine, online at National Wildlife Federation's website: www.nwf.org/eaglecam .
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Underwater Microscope Finds Biological Treasures in the Subtropical Ocean
Scientists towing an underwater digital microscope across the Atlantic have found possible missing links to the global nitrogen cycle, which in turn is linked to ocean productivity. In a recent report in the journal "Science", researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found abundant colonies of Trichodesmium.
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Central Africa's First Debt-for-Nature Swap Invests $25 Million for Tropical Forest Conservation in Cameroon
France and Cameroon signed the first ever Central African debt for nature swap today. This agreement will invest at least $25 million over the next five years to protect part of the world's second largest tropical forest, home to elephants, gorillas, hundreds of bird species and indigenous groups such as the Ba'Aka pygmies.
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Central Africa's First Debt-for-Nature Swap Invests $25 Million for Tropical Forest Conservation in Cameroon
France and Cameroon signed the first ever Central African debt for nature swap today. This agreement will invest at least $25 million over the next five years to protect part of the world's second largest tropical forest, home to elephants, gorillas, hundreds of bird species and indigenous groups such as the Ba'Aka pygmies.
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New Organization Focuses on Benefits of Design Build for Water Infrastruction
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First Field Surveys of Tanzanian Mountains Reveal over 160 Animal Species, including New and Endemic Species
The first field surveys of the Rubeho Mountains in Tanzania revealed over 160 animal species - including a new species of frog and eleven endemic species - according to an article published in the African Journal of Ecology this month. The findings elevate the importance of protecting this biologically-rich wilderness area and the broader Eastern Arc Mountain range from destructive activities underway such as clear-cutting for agriculture, logging and poaching.
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