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U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling

The decision to ban Japan’s annual whaling drive off Antarctica, handed down by the United Nations’ highest court on Monday, is a hard-won victory for conservationists who have long argued that Tokyo’s whaling research is a cover for commercial whaling.
“We are very happy with the backing of the International Court. We had never expected such a strong ruling."
- Geert Vons, a representative of Sea Shepherd

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To tackle pollution, China to drop pursuit of growth at all costs

via Planet Ark | Mon November 18, 2013
China will steer local governments away from the pursuit of economic growth at all costs and beef up their powers to punish polluters as part of a campaign to reverse the damage done by three decades of unchecked expansion.

California is first state to ban lead in hunting ammo

via USA Today | Thu October 24, 2013
In a move to protect wildlife and the environment, California on Friday became the first state to ban lead in hunting ammunition.

Limits Approved for Genetically Modified Crops in Kauai, Hawaii

via New York Times | Wed October 16, 2013
Legislators on the island of Kauai in Hawaii have approved a bill that would restrict the use of pesticides by companies developing genetically modified crops there.

Environmentalists win U.S. court fight to protect whales from Navy sonar

via Reuters | Sun September 29, 2013
A federal judge in California has sided with environmental groups in their lawsuit against the U.S. government over Navy training exercises off the West Coast involving sonar that they say harms endangered whales, dolphins and other protected marine mammals.

New York City Air Quality Cleanest in Decades

via ABC | Fri September 27, 2013
Ahh, smell that New York City air. No, seriously, go ahead. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday said the city's air quality has hit its highest levels in 50 years, a development officials say has led to fewer deaths and hospitalizations.

Europe’s key animals ‘making a comeback’

Story contains video via BBC | Thu September 26, 2013
Some of Europe's key animals have made a comeback over the past 50 years, a report suggests.

Nepal sees tiger population go up by 63% since 2009

via BBC | Wed July 31, 2013
The number of wild tigers living in Nepal has increased by 63% to 198 since 2009, a government survey has shown.

Obama to launch major initiative to curb wildlife trafficking

via The Guardian | Wed July 10, 2013
Barack Obama launched a new initiative against wildlife trafficking on Monday, using his executive authority to take action against an illegal trade that is fuelling rebel wars and now threatens the survival of elephants and rhinoceroses.

South Korean airlines ban shark fin as cargo

via Times Live | Sat June 22, 2013
South Korea's two largest airlines, Korean Air and Asiana, said Thursday they had both decided to ban shark fin from their cargo flights as part of a growing global campaign against the Asian delicacy.

City of Vancouver proclaims country’s first Meatless Monday

via CTV News | Wed June 12, 2013
Vancouver has become the first city in Canada to embrace 'Meatless Monday,' encouraging residents to forego meat for one day a week for the sake of the planet and their health.

EU to ban pesticides in bee scare

via BBC | Mon April 29, 2013
The European Commission will restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths by researchers, despite a split among EU states on the issue.

New law to protect Puerto Rico leatherback turtles

via BBC | Sun April 14, 2013
Puerto Rico has introduced a new law protecting a swathe of the island's coast that has become a major nesting site for the world's largest turtle, the leatherback.

China, world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, will tax carbon

Story contains video Wed February 20, 2013
China’s Ministry of Finance has announced that the country will levy a tax on carbon emissions, reports Xinhua.

New wind power cheaper than coal or gas in Australia

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon February 11, 2013
Electricity supplied from a new wind farm is cheaper than that from a new gas or coal-fired power plant in Australia, reports a new analysis published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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