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Human Activity Is Driving Earth's "Sixth Great Extinction Event" 30.7.2009 Truthout.com

    Population growth, pollution and invasive species are having a disastrous effect on species in the southern hemisphere, a major review by conservationists warns.

    Earth is experiencing its "sixth great extinction event" with disease and human activity taking a devastating toll on vulnerable species, according to a major review by conservationists.

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Human Activity Is Driving Earth's 'Sixth Great Extinction Event' 29.7.2009 Common Dreams: Headlines
by Ian Sample

Earth is experiencing its "sixth great extinction event" with disease and human activity taking a devastating toll on vulnerable species, according to a major review by conservationists.

Much of the southern hemisphere is suffering particularly badly, with Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring Pacific islands destined to become the extinction hotspots of the world, the report warns.

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Good Guide to Reducing Your Water Use, Part 1: Bathroom 28.7.2009 GOOD
1A: A (Clean) Toilet Hack Potential water savings: Up to 18 gallons per day, per person. How to easily reduce the water wasted by every flush. Toilets waste tons of water every year. When you flush, that’s about five or six gallons right there if you have a conventional toilet, and on average we each flush six times a day. Thankfully, there are now all sorts of products to lessen gallons per flush. There are low-cost add-ons like… ...
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Good Guide to Reducing Your Water Use, Part 3: Kitchen 28.7.2009 GOOD
3A: Do’s and Don’ts for Kitchen-Water Conservation Some basic guidelines to live and wash by. Compared to bathrooms and your garden, kitchens account for significantly less water waste. But that doesn’t mean we’re off the hook. Do add a faucet aerator onto your kitchen sink—they drastically increase water efficiency. Don’t run water waiting for it to get cold; pour room-temperature water into a glass and put it in the fridge. Don’t run your dishwasher unless it’s full. Do use the light cycle on your dishwasher… ...
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As farmers battle weeds ‘conventionally,’ the chemical treadmill speeds up 20.7.2009 Gristmill

On superweeds and summery herbicide cocktails from the agrichemical industry.



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Brazil's Rare Native Plants Face Mass Extinction 13.7.2009 ENS
Brazil's Rare Native Plants Face Mass Extinction
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New Research Gives Hope for Plant Species Preservation in Deforested Amazon 7.7.2009 TreeHugger
photo: via flickr Current will have markedly less impact on the number of plant species to likely go extinct by mid-century, new research shows. Rather than the 20-33% predicted by some studies scientists from say that 5-9% of species are likely to be ...
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Are We Only Protecting Pretty Species? 29.6.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When it began compiling lists of threatened and endangered animals and plants more than 35 years ago, the U.S. government gave itself the same mandate...
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More "Save the Bees" Success: What Can Other Environmental Campaigners Learn? 28.6.2009 TreeHugger
Image credit: 20,000 honeybees released: great news, but why such big news? Anyone who has spent time campaigning on environmental issues will know that it can be hard to get the general public engaged with the plight of an endangered species, or worried about pollution. We all lead busy lives, and sometimes the environment plays second fiddle to economics, politics or even TV reality shows when it comes to public attention. So what is it about honeybees that has so strongly captured our collective imagination? ... ...
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Commercial walleye netting returns to Red Lake 18.6.2009 NFIC News Feed
By Chris Niskanen St. Paul, Minnesota (AP) 6-09 The remarkable story of Red Lake’s walleye recovery takes another turn this summer, one that will continue to test the management and resolve of the two sovereign nations that share the lake. The two nations are the United States (and by proxy, the Minnesota Read more... (http://indiancountrynews.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6761&Itemid=118)
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The Greener Gardening Idea: Drip Irrigation or Xeriscaping? 17.6.2009 TreeHugger
Drought tolerant garden photo via ; Drip irrigation system photo via It's tough to calculate precisely how much water the average American puts on their landscape every day. Sizes of yards, systems for watering, and ecological locations all vary greatly. But reliable estimates each of us uses between to a day, a... ...
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Environmental Criminals: Coming To A Market Near You 12.6.2009 TreeHugger
, Antique Tortoise Shell Jewelry Box - From 1901 Tiger bones, tropical birds, tortoise shells, and rare palms - these are the currency of environmental criminals. Environmental crimes abound - but not in the places you might think. Environmental criminals steal in broad daylight and sell in open markets. They rob from forests, swamps, deserts, beaches, and coral reefs. Their illegal bootie can be found in plant nurseries, aquarium and pet stories, home decorating businesses, and jewelry, fashion and trinket shops, right around the corner from our homes an... ...
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Judge Requires Increased Protections for Endangered Species on Southern California National Forests 9.6.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2009

Center for Biological Diversity

Monday a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Endangered Species Act in preparing the biological opinions for the four Southern California forest plans.

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Factory Farming’s Long Reach 9.6.2009 NewWest.Net Politics
The impact of factory farming upon the American land and native biodiversity is seldom discussed, but animal protein production has a significant impact upon the Nation’s land and water. The direct environmental problems like air or water pollution associated with large factory farming operations may be clear, but less obvious are the environmental impacts associated with the agricultural production of feed crops and other consequences associated with large factory farming operations.
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Factory Farming’s Long Reach 9.6.2009 NewWest.Net Development
The impact of factory farming upon the American land and native biodiversity is seldom discussed, but animal protein production has a significant impact upon the Nation’s land and water. The direct environmental problems like air or water pollution associated with large factory farming operations may be clear, but less obvious are the environmental impacts associated with the agricultural production of feed crops and other consequences associated with large factory farming operations.
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Factory Farming’s Long Reach 9.6.2009 NewWest.Net Environment
The impact of factory farming upon the American land and native biodiversity is seldom discussed, but animal protein production has a significant impact upon the Nation’s land and water. The direct environmental problems like air or water pollution associated with large factory farming operations may be clear, but less obvious are the environmental impacts associated with the agricultural production of feed crops and other consequences associated with large factory farming operations.
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Mercury bill clears major hurdle 5.6.2009 Gristmill

Great news – we’re one giant step closer to ending needless mercury pollution from chlorine plants in the United States.



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Global Bird Species in Serious Decline 29.5.2009 worldwatch.org
Researchers have known about the speckled brown for only 40 years. Always a rare sight, the elusive bird may soon vanish from the prairie grasses of Ethiopia forever. Its habitat already restricted to less than 100 square kilometers, the lark is rapidly losing territory as local residents, the Borana ethnic group, convert grassland into heavily grazed pasture. Unless the Borana are allowed to resume their nomadic ways, within the next few years the Sidamo lark will likely become the , researchers say. "We estimate there are fewer than 250 adult individuals left," said Claire Spottiswoode, a research fellow at the University of Cambridge. "In the absence of urgent conservation action on the ground, it is only a matter of time before ...
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Prosser man is go-to guy for wildlife video 29.5.2009 NFIC News Feed
By Kevin McCullen Prosser, Washington (AP) 5-09 Gaylord Mink is the videographer of record for Mid-Columbia wildlife. In a roughly 8-by-10 basement room in his Prosser home flanked by rows of carefully cataloged videotapes Read more... (http://indiancountrynews.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6572&Itemid=99999999)
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How a Greener City Gets Growing 26.5.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Meredith Cohn

As a regional "forager" for Whole Foods, Mark Smallwood spends much of his time making sure the green grocer stocks local food, usually from commercial farms. But if he has his way, some products will come from even closer: Baltimore's community gardens.

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