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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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New fishing fund launched to reduce poverty in Africa

World Wildlife Fund, Tue May 16, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Nairobi, Kenya - A region-wide partnership aimed at restoring depleted fisheries and reducing poverty was launched today by the African Union, World Bank, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and WWF.

Computer Grid Helps Fight Avian Flu

Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council, Thu May 04, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
London - During April, computers in the UK have been working overtime in the fight against avian flu. As part of an international collaboration, computers at eleven UK universities and research labs have put in one hundred thousand hours of time searching for possible drug components against the avian flu virus H5N1. The analysis used a computing Grid, a new network that brings together worldwide computer resources to solve scientific problems.

New ILO Report Shows Marked Decline in Child Labor Worldwide

International Labor Organization, Thu May 04, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Geneva, Switzerland - Child labor, especially in its worst forms, is in decline for the first time across the globe, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said today, in a new, cautiously optimistic report entitled "The end of child labor: Within reach".

Greenpeace stops huge consignment of Amazon soya entering Europe

Greenpeace, Sun April 30, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Amsterdam - Sixty Greenpeace activists (1) today prevented commodities giant Cargill from unloading a shipment of Amazon soya in Amsterdam port, to protest against the destruction of huge tracts of the Amazon rainforest to grow soya to feed farm animals in Europe.

Ancient And Modern Evidence Suggests Limits To Future Global Warming

Duke University, Fri April 21, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Durham, NC - Instrumental readings made during the past century offer ample evidence that carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" in the atmosphere are warming Earth's climate, a team led by Duke University scientists has reported. But by analyzing indirect evidence of temperature fluctuations over six previous centuries, the team also found that the magnitude of future global warming will likely fall well short of current highest predictions.

Major Victory for the Arctic Refuge

WWF, Sun January 01, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - Thanks to support from World Wildlife Fund activists, the U.S. Senate voted on Dec. 21, 2005, to strip a provision allowing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from an unrelated bill appropriating funding to the Defense Department.

Thirteen more governments announce support for Arms Trade Treaty

Amnesty International, Sun July 24, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
New York City - In the last week thirteen more governments have announced their support for the international Arms Trade Treaty at a UN arms control meeting in New York.

Human Monoclonal Antibody Against West Nile Virus Shows Promise in Animal Studies

Crucell N.V, Fri June 10, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Leiden, Netherlands - Dutch biotechnology company Crucell N.V. (Euronext:CRXL) (Nasdaq:CRXL) today announces the discovery of a monoclonal antibody for protection against West Nile virus.

U.S. Forest Products Industry, Environmental Organizations Partner for Tsunami Reconstruction

World Wildlife Fund, Sun May 22, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - Two global conservation groups and the U.S. forest products industry have formed a unique partnership to help the tsunami-stricken people of Indonesia rebuild their lives without destroying the already threatened tropical forests of Sumatra.

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