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Sun, Sep 7, 2008
from Mongabay:
Cameroon and Nigeria to protect world's rarest gorilla
Cameroon and Nigeria have agreed to protect the the Cross River gorilla, world's most endangered gorilla, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society, which helped broker the deal. The two West African nations will cooperate to protect the habitat of the critically endangered primate that occurs only in the two countries. Cameroon and Nigeria will crackdown on illegal logging and the bushmeat trade, strengthen field monitoring, increase community involvement and conservation education, and improve law enforcement within the parks. ...


Great. Now let's do the same with the second-rarest, and the third-rarest....

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Sun, Sep 7, 2008
from United Nations University, via EurekAlert:
Experts meet on need for new rules to govern world's fragile polar regions
Problems forecast for the Arctic as its ice recedes include: Overfishing; Pollution from ships and offshore extraction of oil and gas; Oil spills; and Invasion of alien species carried by ships' ballast water. "Overfishing, the result in part of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, is already occurring in the Okhotsk and Bering Seas," says conference presenter Dr. Tatiana Saksina of the World Wildlife Fund's International Arctic Programme. "Agreements are needed now to regulate shared and straddling fish stocks and to protect fish migrating to higher latitudes in search of colder waters," she says. ...


Thinking ahead, instead of reacting after the fact? What are we doing, evolving?

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Sat, Sep 6, 2008
from Bernama (Malaysia):
New Glue Ruling For Table Tennis
[A] player fainted while trying to glue her bat, apparently because of the toxic substance present in the gum. And so, world controlling body International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has decided that beginning with the 2008 Volkswagen Women's World Cup, currently underway at the Cheras Badminton Stadium, volatile organic component-based glue -- glue containing toxic composite -- would be banned. Only water-based glue would be allowed. ...


Finally!

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Fri, Sep 5, 2008
from Denver Garden Examiner:
Garden in any season -- even without a greenhouse
Though you can grow many things indoors without light, sprouts and mushrooms are some of the tastiest things that come to mind when indoor winter gardening is mentioned. Both are very easy even for beginner gardeners. Sprouts are nothing more than germinated seeds. If you can germinate seeds, you can grow sprouts! Sprouts are typically grown in one of three mediums: potting soil (or soil from your garden), gravel or sand, or air. ...


Every little sprout helps.

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Fri, Sep 5, 2008
from USA Today:
GM plans to dump use of landfills
In an attempt to green up the planet, and its image, General Motors will confirm today plans to make half of its 181 plants worldwide "landfill-free" by the end of 2010. That means nothing from their manufacturing processes would end up in a landfill. Ten GM plants, including an engine plant in Flint, Mich., already are landfill-free, and GM will have about 80 more producing little or no waste within 20 months... ...


We would advise you, however, to not open the trunk!

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Fri, Sep 5, 2008
from Washington Post:
Emissions Standards Tightened
The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday tightened emissions standards for new gasoline-powered lawn mowers, weed trimmers and boat engines, reducing the amount of smog-causing pollution these motors will be allowed to emit. ...


Get your mitts offa my weed whacker!

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Wed, Sep 3, 2008
from London Guardian:
Coal plans go up in smoke
One day, historians might speculate that it was the ambition of the companies that sought to profit by building coal-fired power stations that triggered the beginning of the end for humans' most polluting habit. Four years ago, campaigners in the US raised concerns over plans to build 150 coal-fired power stations nationwide. Today, nearly half those plans have been defeated in the courts or abandoned, while half of the remaining proposals are being actively opposed. Just 14 of the 150 plants are being developed, and environmental lawyers are all still pursuing them. ...


And here we thought there were no successes in the U.S. environmental movement!

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Wed, Sep 3, 2008
from PC Magazine:
Ebay launches WorldOfGood.com
The site's mission: to preserve "People Positive and Eco Positive" principles that make a positive impact on the people that make them, as well as the environment. In essence, it's similar to The Body Shop: buy ecologically sound products, while allowing the seller to charge a fair price. All products, producers and sellers are verified by various third parties called Trust Providers -- like TransFair USA (Fair Trade Certified), Co-op America and Aid to Artisans -- to meet a core set of ethical and environmental standards, according to the site. Some example items: an artisan-crafted plate from Chile, banana-fiber animal napkin rings from Kenya, and a stuffed llama from Peru. ...


Can our acquisitiveness be used for good, rather than evil?

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Tue, Sep 2, 2008
from Sudbury Start (Canada):
Canadians more willing to ride the bus, but transit systems are letting them down
A survey commissioned by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Canadian Urban Transit Association found that consumers want to take public transit, but lack of buses and trains plus long waiting times are acting as a deterrent. More than 40 per cent of those questioned said they would seriously consider taking local transit if gas prices continue to rise. The responses suggest that transit ridership could triple as a result of higher gas prices, a joint news release from the FCM and CUTA said. ...


Let's get on the bus!

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Mon, Sep 1, 2008
from National Post (Canada):
B.C. anglers catch a 70-year-old fish, 3.2 metres long, then release it
Rod Toth was on the river near Chilliwack, B.C., Aug. 27 when he hooked the massive sturgeon. For nearly three hours the five men wrestled to bring the sturgeon to the surface, taking turns cranking the reel, slowly hauling the fish through the murky water. "We didn't see it until the very end," Mr. Toth said. And when Mr. Toth's four clients finally laid eyes on the sturgeon, well, some language is best left on the river, the guide said.... On shore they tagged the fish, held onto its rough skin for the mother of all fish photos and released the sturgeon. ...


Thank you, Mr. Toth, for doing the right thing!

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