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New monkey species discovered in Africa

via BBC | Wed September 12, 2012
A new species of monkey has been identified in Africa, the first one in 28 years, say scientists.

Australia Acts To Stop Super-Trawler

via Discovery News | Tue September 11, 2012
The Australian government Tuesday sought to change its environmental protection laws to prevent a controversial super-trawler from fishing in its waters amid concerns about the by-catch.

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific bans shark fins as air cargo

via Washington Post | Fri September 07, 2012
Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific says it will stop carrying shark fins as cargo, bowing to pressure from groups concerned about cruelty and possible extinctions as China’s appetite for the delicacy rises.

Brazil humpback population on the rebound

via Terra Daily | Tue September 04, 2012
Last year, nearly 11,500 humpback whales were counted off the coast of Brazil -- a new record, the Baleia Jubarte Institute cheered Sunday in a report.

Obama Hikes Fuel Efficiency to 54.5 MPG by 2025

via Hispanic Business | Wed August 29, 2012
The Obama administration on Tuesday introduced new rules to double fuel economy for cars and light-duty trucks by 2025, a move that the White House says will be comparable to cutting a dollar a gallon from the price of gasoline and that auto dealers warned would raise the cost of a new car.

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Saved From illegal Logging

via Earth Week | Fri August 24, 2012
Illegal logging in the forests of Mexico that are the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly has been virtually eliminated, according to a new study.

Johnson & Johnson Announces a Ban on Harmful Chemicals in Products

via Triple Pundit | Mon August 20, 2012
Johnson & Johnson made the landmark announcement this week that it would ban harmful chemicals from their products.

Madagascar Gets Biggest Lemur Park

Story contains video via Live Science | Fri August 17, 2012
Good news for lemurs: Officials in Madagascar have created the island's biggest protected wildlife park. Named Makira Natural Park, the area is larger than the state of than the state of Rhode Island, and it provides a habitat for the highest diversity of lemurs on the planet, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced.

Nanaimo latest B.C. municipality to ban shark fin

Story contains video via The Province | Tue August 14, 2012
B.C.’s anti-shark fin movement is gaining momentum as Nanaimo becomes the newest municipality to become fin-free.

Community-Owned Solar Power on the Rise in the U.S.

via Triple Pundit | Sat August 11, 2012
Conditions are right for growth in community-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.

How Some Food Retailers Are Coming to the Rescue of Pigs

Story contains video via Triple Pundit | Wed August 08, 2012
After working with The Humane Society of the United States, many of the largest restaurant chains, grocery stores and food manufacturers have announced policies to eliminate gestation crates from their pork supply chain.

U.S. carbon emissions lowest since 1992

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon August 06, 2012
A shift away from coal and reduced gasoline demand coupled with a mild winter led to an 8 percent drop in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions during the first quarter of 2012, reports the Energy Information Administration.

Southeast Asia’s largest lowland rainforest spared from new land concessions

via MongaBay | Mon August 06, 2012
Four economic land concessions have been cancelled in Cambodia's Prey Lang forest, known as the largest intact lowland forest in Southeast Asia, reports the Phnom Penh Post

Company Designs Bottle From Great Pacific Garbage Patch Debris

via Wired | Sat August 04, 2012
Somewhere in the vicinity of Hawaii, a huge mass of plastic debris floats in the Pacific. And that’s just a fraction of the waste that’s bobbing around out there. Compared to the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” one plastic soap bottle may not seem like much. But if that one bottle is mass produced by soap-maker Method, it could turn out to make a big difference.

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