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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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Students invent natural way to purify polluted water

Halifax, Nova Scotia - Scallop shells can be used to clean up polluted water, three teenagers in Halifax have discovered.

Saharan Sand Dunes Found on Saturn’s Moon Titan

Tucson, Arizona - Recent images of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, bear a striking resemblance to some of the deserts on Earth.

Lighting up with young kids in vehicle banned under bill

Little Rock, Arkansas - House Bill 1046 started out as a joke to just about everyone but Bob Mathis. And now it's his turn to laugh.

New marine protected areas for Australia

World Wildlife Fund, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 6 days, 23 hours, 53 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Melbourne, Australia - Australia has committed to creating 13 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), totalling 226,000km2 in Australia's south-eastern waters. The area covers waters off the Australian states of Victoria, Tasmania, southern New South Wales and eastern South Australia, paving the way for the creation of a national network of MPAs throughout Australia's vast ocean territory.

New Species Of Life Discovered In The Atlantic Ocean

Oslo, Norway - The result of a voyage which was part of the ongoing Census of Marine Life (CoML) that has the purpose of mapping ocean life throughout the world has been the discovery of about 10 to 20 new species of small creatures living in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

Actor Gives Away Car for Global Warming

Los Angeles, CA - Larry David of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Seinfeld" fame put his Prius where his mouth is giving away the hybrid car in a contest aimed at increasing awareness of global warming.

8 New Frog Species Discovered in Laos

Bangkok, Thailand - You want to find a new frog species? Head to the Southeast Asian nation of Laos.

Global child labour figures fall

Geneva, Switzerland - The number of children working around the world has fallen significantly for the first time, a new study says.

Hybrid Vehicle Sales More Than Double

Detroit - U.S. hybrid vehicle sales more than doubled last year, according to new data released Thursday, although they still only comprise slightly more than 1 percent of U.S. vehicle sales.

WWF and tourist operator sign agreement to protect the Arctic

World Wildlife Fund, 7 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, 21 hours, 20 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Olso, Norway - WWF and Arctic tour operator Spitsbergen Travel have signed an agreement that will increase awareness about the Arctic environment among tourists, company employees and business partners.

Energy-Saving Space Engines: Black holes can be green

Greenbelt MD - Some seemingly quiet black holes are actually efficient engines that emit jets of high-energy particles. This finding, from the first study to directly measure the efficiency of black holes, offers a hint as to why the universe isn't more crowded with stars.

Computer Grid Helps Fight Avian Flu

Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council, 7 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, 23 hours, 54 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
London - During April, computers in the UK have been working overtime in the fight against avian flu. As part of an international collaboration, computers at eleven UK universities and research labs have put in one hundred thousand hours of time searching for possible drug components against the avian flu virus H5N1. The analysis used a computing Grid, a new network that brings together worldwide computer resources to solve scientific problems.

New ILO Report Shows Marked Decline in Child Labor Worldwide

International Labor Organization, 7 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, 1 day, 19 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Geneva, Switzerland - Child labor, especially in its worst forms, is in decline for the first time across the globe, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said today, in a new, cautiously optimistic report entitled "The end of child labor: Within reach".

Microscope reveals great detail

London - A new type of microscope is enabling UK scientists to view materials in unprecedented detail.

Water desalination takes a step forward

New Haven, CT - A new technology for producing drinking water from seawater has the potential to cost much less than the conventional alternatives.

Soda Distributors to End Most School Sales

New York - Some of the country's biggest beverage companies have agreed to stop selling sugary soft drinks and other high calorie beverages in the nation's schools, in an initiative announced today by former President Bill Clinton and Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, both of them leaders in the movement to help stamp out childhood obesity.

EU agrees battery recycling law

European Union - The European Union has agreed the text of a law that will make recycling of batteries obligatory from 2008.

Iraqi educators praise new virtual science library

Baghdad - A new U.S.-designed virtual science library for Iraqi universities is a big hit with Iraqi researchers and students, who for decades went without up-to-date journals or studied abroad where they could find them.

‘Cloaking device’ idea proposed

London - The cloaking devices that are used to render spacecraft invisible in Star Trek might just work in reality, two mathematicians have claimed.

Ozone layer shows signs of recovery - scientists

London - The ozone layer is showing signs of recovering, thanks to a drop in ozone-depleting chemicals, but it is unlikely to stabilize at pre-1980 levels, researchers said on Wednesday.

Nepal calls ceasefire with rebels

Kathmandu - Nepal's interim government has declared a ceasefire in the 10-year conflict with Maoist insurgents.

South Africa Wants To Clamp Down On Hunting

De Wildt, South Africa - South Africa on Tuesday proposed a ban on "canned hunting", in which captive animals are killed, as well as hunting with bows, traps and dogs, in an effort to clean up the lucrative business.

Greenpeace celebrates victory as Spain s oldest nuclear power plant is shut down

Greenpeace, 7 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, 2 days, 46 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Madrid, Spain - Greenpeace is celebrating the permanent shutdown of Spain's oldest nuclear power station, which was finally closed yesterday following years of intense campaigning by environmental and social groups highlighting serious safety concerns at the plant.

Buses start using clean-burning fuel

Portland, Maine - Passengers on the Greater Portland Transit District's Metro system got to ride for free Monday to celebrate the official arrival of clean-burning buses powered by compressed natural gas.

Online Video Brings the Gym Home

Dallas, TX - Web-Based, At-Home Exercise Becoming Popular Alternative to the Gym

Scientists make water run uphill

Portland, OR - Physicists have made water run uphill quite literally under its own steam.

Half of America Wants a Hybrid Car

New York - More than half of all Americans say they would seriously consider buying or leasing a fuel-saving hybrid car, according to a new poll.

Ministers propose junk food ban

Edinburgh, Scotland - Ministers are planning to ban Scottish schools from serving junk food and drinks at any time of day.

Wyoming Plans Another Ferret Release

Casper, Wy - Encouraged by the successful reintroduction of black-footed ferrets into central Wyoming's Shirley Basin, state wildlife managers plan to release more ferrets into the same area.

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