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Statement on Department of Interior Plans to Rescind and Reissue Public Lands Oil Shale Leases 26.2.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

Secretary of the Interior Salazar today announced the Department of the Interior's plans to offer a second round of research, development, and demonstration leases for oil shale on public lands in Colorado and Utah and withdraw the previous administration's proposal for expanded leases. The Department will hold a 90-day comment period on its new lease plans beginning on February 27th.

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Amazon Teetering on the Edge 26.2.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

RIO DE JANEIRO - The Amazon Basin captures 12,000 to 16,000 square kilometres of water per year, and just 40 percent of that flows through the rivers. The rest returns to the atmosphere through evapotranspiration of the forests and is distributed throughout South America.

Deforestation is reducing the humidity that, carried by the winds, contributes to the water equilibrium of vast parts of the continent. Deforestation also intensifies erosion and surface drainage, which diverts water not only away from the natural irrigation of the Amazon, but also from faraway farmland.

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Global seed vault marks 1-year anniversary with four-ton shipment of critical food crops 26.2.2009 Environmental News Network
LONGYEARBYEN, NORWAY (26 February 2009)—Four tons of seeds - almost 90,000 samples of hundreds of crop species - from food crop collections maintained by Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, USA, and three international agricultural research centers in Syria, Mexico and Colombia, were delivered today to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault as it celebrated its one-year anniversary. The repository, located near the village of Longyearbyen on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, has in one year amassed a collection of more than 400,000 unique seed samples – some 200 million seeds.
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Saving the oceans: 'Mission Possible' 25.2.2009 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
BOULDER, Colo. – In science, "Aha" moments take many forms. For Joanie Kleypas, a flash of scientific revelation made her, literally, sick to her stomach. An oceanographer and coral reef geologist, Kleypas was attending a conference in 1998 with an eclectic group of scientists, pondering the ecological consequences of climate change. Everybody knew that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were on the rise. So were global air and ocean temperatures.
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Saving the oceans: 'Mission Possible' 25.2.2009 Environmental News Network
BOULDER, Colo. – In science, "Aha" moments take many forms. For Joanie Kleypas, a flash of scientific revelation made her, literally, sick to her stomach. An oceanographer and coral reef geologist, Kleypas was attending a conference in 1998 with an eclectic group of scientists, pondering the ecological consequences of climate change. Everybody knew that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were on the rise. So were global air and ocean temperatures.
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Appropriation Committee Moves Omnibus Appropriations Bill Giving Obama Administration Power to Remove Midnight Regulations 24.2.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee moved an omnibus appropriations bill today that if passed, will give President Obama power to rescind rules weakening both the Endangered Species Act and protections for the polar bear. If it passes the Senate, the Obama administration will be able to rescind rules without going through a new formal rule making process.

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'Alien' genes escape into wild corn 21.2.2009 New Scientist: Living World
Genes from genetically modified crops have been found in wild Mexican maize – a finding which should end a long-running and bitter debate ...
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Governments Unanimous on 2009 Start to Mercury Treaty Talks 21.2.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2009/2009-02-20-01.asp
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Lake Turkana People’s Declaration 20.2.2009 International Rivers Sitewide RSS Feed
As Lake Turkana communities, Turkana, Dassanach, Rendille, Gabbra and Elmolo, we call for a reconsideration in the funding and support of the Gilgel Gibe III dam that is under construction on the upper Omo River. The Omo River is the main source of water for Lake Turkana contributing 80 percent of the lake waters.

The Importance of Lake Turkana

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Eating the Wild: Bushmeat crisis global, pervasive and still a threat 19.2.2009 WWF News Releases
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Honda’s Ohio and Alabama Auto Plants Earn ‘Energy Star’ from EPA 19.2.2009 ENN Network News - ENN
TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 19 2009 – Honda's auto plants in Ohio and Alabama have received Energy Star awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for advances in curbing energy use during the production of passenger cars and light trucks.
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Bird Diversity Helps Protect Humans From West Nile Virus 19.2.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2009/2009-02-19-01.asp
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Center for Biological Diversity Declares Legal War on Global Warming 14.2.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2009/2009-02-13-091.asp
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Crop Biodiversity A Cure for Ocean Dead Zones? 13.2.2009 TreeHugger
Photo @ flickr Biodiversity is the variation of life within any system. High biodiversity is a trademark of ecosystems that are healthy, resilient to stress, and those that provide valuable ecosystem services like clean air, water, or food. Yet, when we farm, increasingly, we seem to plow under the diverse ecosystem and plant a monoculture (single species) in its place. The results lead to increased soil runoff, higher fertilizer requirements, and ocean dead zones. But there is a rather simple solution…... ...
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Why Oprah’s Weight Gain Didn’t Have to Happen: What She Could Have Done to Prevent It 13.2.2009 ENN Network News - ENN
Oprah’s weight issues have been well-documented during her public career as a talk show host. She’s talked openly about her weight struggles including a 1988 episode of her show that celebrated her 67 pound weight loss. It was her highest rated show ever.
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California Tiger Salamander Declared Candidate for Listing Under California Endangered Species Act 13.2.2009 ENN Network News - ENN
The California Fish and Game Commission last week formally designated the California tiger salamander as a candidate for threatened or endangered status under the California Endangered Species Act, extending legal protections to the species for one year while a status review is conducted.
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Ecosystems and the public good, Darwin style 12.2.2009 EcoTone
This week there has been no shortage of Darwin-related events to attend about town in Washington, D.C., as science and environmental groups have clamored to put on talks, events and celebrations commemorating Darwin’s legacy. Today I attended a symposium sponsored by the National Academies , titled “Twenty-first Century Ecosystems: Systemic Risk and the Public Good.” [...] ...
$17 Million Climate Law Institute Launched 12.2.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Center for Biological Diversity today announced the launch of its San Francisco-based Climate Law Institute and the dedication of $17 million to fight global warming over the next five years.

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Finding the hottest of the hotspots 7.2.2009 EcoTone
Biodiversity hotspots are geographic areas that have both high endemism and high risk for species extinctions. Since the inception of the term two decades ago, these areas have been the focus for conservation projects attempting to save their disproportionally high numbers of endangered species. With science funding on the decline and a shortage researchers available, however, [...] ...
WRI, NewPage Launch Partnership to Protect Indonesian Forests 6.2.2009 Pressroom
The (WRI) and today announce a partnership to protect forests in Indonesia. NewPage will substantially fund WRI’s , an initiative to combat illegal logging and preserve virgin rainforests in Indonesia by diverting new oil palm plantations to degraded lands. “Deforestation is having a significant impact on people, biodiversity and the climate,” said , president of WRI. “Project POTICO will relieve pressure on Indonesia’s virgin tropical rainforests, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from forest clearing, and prevent the loss of biodiversity in forests slated for conversion to oil palm plantations. Well-designed oil palm plantations in degraded areas would create local jobs and protect traditional livelihoods of ...
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