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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Dr. Akira Miyawaki (Japan) For establishing a
theory to restore and to reconstruct forests based on the concept of "Potential natural vegetation" and by implementing the theory succeeded in reconstructing disaster-preventing environment-conserving forests and tropical forests, contributed in restoring the green on earth
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against an anti-environmental lawsuit on June 20 and upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2002 decision to list the Buena Vista Lake shrew as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.
A report by the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) on the health of wild Atlantic salmon confirms that their survival depends on government resolve to solve the mystery of increased mortality at sea. ASF™s biennial report, based on advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), reveals that about 200,000 of the 700,000 migrating North American salmon won™t make it back to their home rivers in 2006. This amounts to more than twice the mortality of 20 years ago.
With the anniversary of the Supreme Court's controversial decision to allow cities and states to use eminent domain to help private developers fast approaching, the Senate has an opportunity signal that they stand on the side of private property owners. Such a counter-balance to the Supreme Court is long over due, according to National Center for Policy Analysis Senior Fellow H. Sterling Burnett.
While developers, contractors and small municipalities may complain about stormwater permitting and compliance regulations, expanded regulations and stepped up enforcement have created an enormous new market opportunity for consultants and inspectors.
A man who devotes his life to rescuing animals, from dancing bears on the streets of India to a whale stranded in the centre of London, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Honours List in recognition of his services to animal welfare. Alan Knight is Head of International Animal Rescue (IAR) and Chairman of its sister charity, British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR.) He is a staunch vegetarian, and passionately outspoken in support of animals.
The Supreme Court today placed
additional hurdles to federal protections under the Clean Water Act for
more than half of the nation's remaining wetlands and countless stream
miles, putting many of those waters at risk for pollution and
destruction. In a case involving Michigan wetlands and streams that
flow into larger water bodies, the court sent the cases back to the
lower courts for further consideration.
The Development Gateway Foundation is
calling for nominations for its US$100,000 prize for outstanding achievement in the use of information and communication technologies to improve lives in developing countries. Sponsored in part by Intel Corporation, this year's Development Gateway Award is focusing on initiatives that empower or improve the conditions of youth.