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One Solution to Global Overfishing Found

A study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, ARC Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and other groups on more than 40 coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans indicates that 'co-management' -- a collaborative arrangement between local communities, conservation groups, and governments -- provides a solution to a vexing global problem: overfishing.
"We found clear evidence of people's ability to overcome the 'tragedy of the commons' by making and enforcing their own rules for managing fisheries, This is particularly encouraging because of the perceived failure of many open-access and top-down government-controlled attempts to manage fisheries around the world. More importantly, we have identified the conditions that allow people to make co-management successful, providing vital guidance for conservation groups, donors, and governments as to what arrangements are most likely to work."
- team leader Dr Josh Cinner of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, Australia

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Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Power Plant Polluters, Sets Up Major Challenge to Bush Admin

Natural Resources Defense Council, Sun April 08, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - In the second of two major environmental decisions handed down today, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against electric utility companies’ long running and dangerous efforts to escape key enforcements of the Clean Air Act. The verdict is a resounding victory for the American public, according to legal experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

California’s Global Warming Fuels Standard Drives Trend Overseas

NRDC, Thu February 01, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
San Francisco - The European Union today announced a new global warming pollution standard for motor fuels that is virtually identical to this month’s executive order by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The European initiative underscores the influence and importance of California’s continued leadership in finding innovative solutions to global warming pollution, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

California Governor Announces World’s First Global Warming Pollution Standard for Motor Fuels

NRDC, Tue January 16, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Sacramento - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the first big step to implement California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Through an executive order that will direct the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to begin the process of adopting the world’s first global warming pollution standard for motor vehicle fuels, the governor is accelerating action to reduce one of the leading sources of heat-trapping pollution, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

New gene targeted for Alzheimer disease

Case School of Medicine, Mon January 15, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Cleveland, OH - Robert Friedland, M.D., Professor in the Department of Neurology, and a team of investigators at Case School of Medicine, in collaboration with an international effort by researchers led by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), the University of Toronto and Columbia University Medical Center, have uncovered a major new gene SORL1 ֖ for late-onset Alzheimer disease. Replicated in four distinct ethnic groups, SORL1 is only the second gene discovered for late-onset Alzheimers. APOE, the first gene, was identified in 1993.

Paraguay extends forest conservation law

World Wildlife Fund, Sun January 07, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Asuncion, Paraguay - The government of Paraguay has extended a law that seeks to curb deforestation rates in the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest.

Madagascar: Partnership improves school hygiene and sanitation

UNICEF, Tue December 12, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
BEKOBAY, Madagascar - It may seem like a strange partnership, but Madagascar's largest shrimp exporting firm, UNIMA, the Government of Madagascar, UNICEF and local communities have come together to build latrines where no one dared before.



European Parliament Declaration Calls for Ban on Harp and Hooded Seal Products

The Humane Society USA, Fri September 08, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Strasbourg - The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International today applauded the European Parliament for passing a historic Declaration approving a European ban on the trade in harp and hooded seal products

Pakistan: UNICEF announces $150 million earthquake recovery plan

UNICEF, Sat July 15, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Islamabad, Pakistan - UNICEF will construct 500 permanent schools and around 70 permanent rural health centres in areas devastated by Pakistan's October 2005 earthquake, as part of its 150 million dollar contribution to the recovery plan for affected areas.

HSUS Urges Congress to Pass Farm Animal Stewardship Purchasing Act

The Humane Society of the United States, Tue June 13, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - Reps. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) made history for farm animals June 8 by introducing landmark legislation that would greatly improve the welfare of millions of animals on factory farms.

A cleaner, greener rice industry

International Rice Research Institute, Mon June 05, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Hanoi, Viet Nam - In a new partnership, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is working with the member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to develop a series of environmental indicators for rice production in the region.

Most extensive survey ever of world’s tropical forests shows upward trend in sustainable management

International Tropical Timber Organization , Thu May 25, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Mexico City - The most comprehensive analysis of the status of tropical forest management ever conducted has documented a significant increase in the "sustainable management" of tropical forests worldwide since 1988.

New space observations poised to save lives from floods, landslides

Baltimore, MD - Using NASA's advanced Earth-observing satellites, scientists have discovered a new opportunity to build early detection systems that might protect thousands from floods and landslides.

NOAA Expects Below Average 2006 East Pacific Hurricane Season

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Wed May 24, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its 2006 east Pacific hurricane season outlook - predicting a below average season with 12 to 16 tropical storms, of which six to eight could become hurricanes, including one to three major hurricanes of category 3 strength or greater.

Province Signs Parks Agreement With ‘Namgis Nation

Ministry of Environment, Wed May 17, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Victoria, BC - The Province of British Columbia and the 'Namgis First Nation signed an agreement today to collaboratively manage parks and protected areas within 'Namgis traditional territory.

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