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City council votes 13-2 to ban sale, possession of shark fins

Story contains video via Calgary Herald | Wed July 18, 2012
Shark fin soup has been called pricey, extravagant and flavourless. This October, it will become illegal in Calgary.

China to ban shark fin soup from official functions

via Washington Post | Tue July 03, 2012
Shark fin lovers attending an upcoming Chinese government soirée may be disappointed to find the delicacy off the menu.

Illinois becomes first inland state to ban shark fin sales to aid global conservation effort

via Chicago Tribune | Mon July 02, 2012
ith the Shedd Aquarium's Wild Reef as a backdrop, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law banning the sale, trade or distribution of shark fins.

10,000 sq mi of Congo rainforest declared World Heritage site

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon July 02, 2012
On Tuesday, the United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Sangha Tri-National Protected Area complex (TNS) as a World Heritage Site for its density and diversity of rainforest wildlife.

Shark fin ban gains momentum in Metro cities

via North Shore Outlook | Fri June 29, 2012
A campaign to stamp out the use of shark fins by Chinese restaurants is quickly gaining steam across Metro Vancouver.

Venezuela Ends Shark Finning, Creates Protected Area

Tue June 26, 2012
Venezuela set forth a series of measures this week to protect sharks within its waters including the banning of shark fishing in 3,730 square kilometers (1,440 square miles) of the Caribbean Sea.

Maldives creates world’s biggest marine reserve

via Maldives | Thu June 21, 2012
The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives announced at the Rio+20 summit it would create the world’s biggest marine reserve to protect its fisheries and biodiversity.

75% of Japan’s NW Pacific whale hunt unsold: official

via Terra Daily | Sat June 16, 2012
Three-quarters of the tons of meat from Japan's controversial whale hunt last year was not sold, despite repeated attempts to auction it, officials said on Wednesday.

Ten African nations pledge to transform their economies to take nature into account

via MongaBay | Thu June 14, 2012
Last month ten African nations, led by Botswana, pledged to incorporate 'natural capital' into their economies. Natural capital, which seeks to measure the economic worth of the services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity—for example pollination, clean water, and carbon—is a nascent, but growing, method to curtail environmental damage and ensure more sustainable development.

Australia to create world’s largest marine reserve

Story contains video via BBC | Wed June 13, 2012
Australia says it will create the world's largest network of marine parks ahead of the Rio+20 summit. The reserves will cover 3.1 million sq km of ocean, including the Coral Sea.

After damning research, France proposes banning pesticide linked to bee collapse

via MongaBay | Tue June 05, 2012
Following research linking neonicotinoid pesticides to the decline in bee populations, France has announced it plans to ban Cruiser OSR, an insecticide produced by Sygenta.

Herp paradise preserved in Guatemala

via MongaBay | Tue May 29, 2012
Fifteen conservation groups have banded together to save around 2,400 hectares (6,000 acres) of primary rainforest in Guatemala, home to a dozen imperiled amphibians as well as the recently discovered Merendon palm pit viper (Bothriechis thalassinus).

Scientists recruit aerial drones to combat illegal logging

Story contains video via Wall Street Daily | Mon May 21, 2012
A new aerial surveillance system to protect forests and endangered species in remote parts of the world is being pioneered by a pair of ecologists in Switzerland. The researchers have designed and built their own flying drone that can capture evidence of illegal activity on film.

Hawaii first state to ban plastic bags at checkout

via MSNBC | Thu May 17, 2012
By now, it’s hardly news when a city bans plastic bags at checkout counters -- but an entire state? That’s happened in Hawaii, where Honolulu County has joined the state’s three other counties to give Hawaii a first-in-the-nation title.

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