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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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World Breakthrough On Salt-Tolerant Wheat

The University of Adelaide, Tue March 13, 2012, [PRESS RELEASE]
A team of Australian scientists involving the University of Adelaide has bred salt tolerance into a variety of durum wheat that shows improved grain yield by 25% on salty soils using non-GM techniques.

Great news for chimpanzees

Wildlife Conservation Society, Fri February 17, 2012, [PRESS RELEASE]
The Republic of Congo has formally expanded Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park to protect an increasingly rare treasure: one of Africa's most pristine forests and a population of 'naïve' chimpanzees with so little exposure to humans that the curious apes investigate the conservationists who study them rather than run away.

Researchers discover particle which could ‘cool the planet’

University of Manchester, Mon January 16, 2012, [PRESS RELEASE]
In a breakthrough paper published in Science, researchers from The University of Manchester, The University of Bristol and Sandia National Laboratories report the potentially revolutionary effects of Criegee biradicals.

New, Higher Estimates of Endangered Humpback Whales in the North Pacific

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Fri October 21, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
Scientists have increased the estimate on the number of humpback whales in the North Pacific Ocean in a paper published in the journal Marine Mammal Science. The increase follows a refined statistical analysis of data compiled in 2008 from the largest whale survey ever undertaken to assess humpback whale populations throughout the North Pacific.

Company to Make Bottles From Pacific Garbage Patch

Method, Wed September 21, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
San Francisco - Today, Method, the leading innovator in premium, eco-conscious household and personal care products, unveiled its latest innovation in sustainable packaging -- a bottle made out of plastic collected from the North Pacific Gyre, often referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Fighting Back from Extinction, New Zealand Right Whale Is Returning Home

Oregon State University, Mon September 19, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
After being hunted to local extinction more than a century ago and unable to remember their ancestral calving grounds, the southern right whales of mainland New Zealand are coming home.

Accidental Sea Turtle Deaths Drop 90 Percent in U.S. Fisheries

Duke University, Wed September 14, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
The number of sea turtles accidentally caught and killed in fishing gear in United States coastal waters has declined by an estimated 90 percent since 1990, according to a new study by researchers at Duke University Project GloBAL and Conservation International.

Leaders Announce Global Effort to Restore 150 Million Hectares of Deforested Land

World Resource Institute, Fri September 02, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
Bonn, Germany - A global effort to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 is being launched in Bonn, Germany.

Lawsuit forces Canada to protect endangered killer whales

Eco Justice, Tue March 03, 2009, [PRESS RELEASE]
Vancouver, BC - After British Columbians celebrated the unexpected arrival of two newborn killer whales last week, there is another new cause for hope for BCs imperilled killer whale populations. This week, the federal government issued an Order that will provide legal protection for the endangered species habitat - a stunning policy reversal after a lawsuit was launched by environmentalists last year.

Greenpeace response to reports of a reduction in the Japanese government whaling quota

Greenpeace, Thu November 27, 2008, [PRESS RELEASE]
Tokyo, Japan - According to news reports in Japan this morning, there will be a 20% reduction in the number of whales targeted in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary hunt this year - the first reduction since 1987.

Massive Numbers Of Critically Endangered Western Lowland Gorillas Discovered In Republic Of Congo

Wildlife Conservation Society, Mon August 04, 2008, [PRESS RELEASE]
The world's population of critically endangered western lowland gorillas received a huge boost today when the Wildlife Conservation Society released a census showing massive numbers of these secretive great apes alive and well in the Republic of Congo.

Calion Lumber donates 2,900-acre easement to conserve old-growth forest along Ouachita River

Nature Conservancy, Fri January 25, 2008, [PRESS RELEASE]
Calion Lumber Company donated to the Conservancy a 2,900-acre conservation easement. The easement, located north of Camden in Ouachita County, includes six miles of frontage along both sides of the lower Ouachita River.

Amazon deforestation rates significantly down; WWF urges tighter forest policies

World Wildlife Fund, Tue September 04, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Brasilia, Brazil - While welcoming the announcement that the deforestation rate in the Brazilian Amazon dropped this year, WWF continues its efforts to ensure that policies are in place to balance development with conservation.

EPRI-NRDC Report Finds Environmental Benefits of Deploying PHEVs

NRDC, Fri July 20, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Palo Alto, California, USA - The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today released a comprehensive assessment that found that widespread use of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in the United States could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and potentially improve ambient air quality.

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