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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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Animal ID System to Be in Place by 2009

Washington - Authorities trying to limit disease outbreaks will be able to trace livestock movements from birth to slaughter by 2009, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Thursday.

Judas Is No Traitor in Long-Lost Gospel

Washington - Judas Iscariot, long reviled as history's quintessential betrayer, was actually the best friend of Jesus and turned him over to authorities only because Jesus asked him to, according to the Gospel of Judas, a long-lost document revealed Thursday.

Hybrid vehicles help firms cut energy costs

Roswell, Georgia - As fuel prices have reached record highs, gas-electric hybrid cars have made it to the consumer mainstream. But using hybrids in commercial fleets is new.

Massive operation nets fleet of illegal fishers

Darwin, Australia - A two-week air and sea operation in Australia's northern waters has netted 23 illegal fishing boats and 197 foreigners who face jail or deportation.

Teen drug use on decline across America, study says

Washington, DC, USA - Drug use has edged downward among teens nationwide, with the biggest decreases driven by teens in the Midwest and South, according to a national survey on drug and alcohol use.

Ancient pyramid found in Mexico

Mexico City - Archaeologists have discovered an ancient pyramid buried under a hill on the outskirts of Mexico City.

B.C. men living longer than most males worldwide

Vancouver, BC - Men in British Columbia now lead the world in male life expectancy at a ripe old 79.2 years of age, eclipsing even long-lived Japanese men, who have enjoyed the distinction for decades.

Researchers win money to develop breath test to detect breast cancer

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - One of the biggest problems in fighting breast cancer is the lack of inexpensive, early detection diagnostic tools.

California aims to limit emissions of gases

Sacramento, CA - California on Monday stepped up efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

“Brokeback” Mounts Revolution

Los Angeles, CA - On Tuesday, the Oscar-winning gay cowboy drama will help Hollywood embrace the brave new world, becoming the studios' first major title to debut as a download-to-own movie on the same day it's out on DVD.

Transplant patients receive own cell organs

Boston, MA - A milestone has been passed in the field of tissue engineering: the first group of patients has received organs that were grown from their own cells in a laboratory.

World’s first broadband environmental TV channel launches today

New York City - The world's first broadband TV channel dedicated to environmental issues - called 'green.tv' and developed with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - is being launched today, aiming to become a "one-stop shop" of broadcast information on the environment covering everything from climate change to children's stories on wildlife.

Rare Painted Roman Sculpture Found

Pompeii, Italy - The marble head of an Amazon warrior woman has emerged from Vesuvius' volcanic rock with her make up still on, archaeologists announced this week.

China to invest 1.2 billion USD to control Songhua River’s pollution

Beijing, China - China will invest 10 billion yuan (around 1.2 billion USD) over the next five years to curb the pollution of the northeastern Songhua River, according to a plan approved by China's State Council on March 29.

Cross-Border Parks Form Havens for Biodiversity

Curitiba, Brazil - Huge nature reserves that stretch across national frontiers are being formed in Asia, South America and elsewhere, a sign that biodiversity has joined security and immigration as a border issue.

Mine survivor at loss to explain “miracle”

Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - Sago Mine survivor Randal McCloy Jr., looking thin and stiff but walking on his own, offered his gratitude as he was released from a hospital Thursday after almost three months.

Jamaica’s First Female PM Sworn in Office

Kingston, Jamaica - Portia Simpson Miller took office Thursday as Jamaica's first female prime minister, pledging to fight violent crime, root out corruption and protect human rights.

First condor egg laid in wild in 100 years

Monterey County, California, USA - A pair of condors in Monterey County are the first condors to lay an egg in the wild since 1905, biologists from the Ventana Wildlife Society said.

Pacific isles get wildlife drive

Micronesia - A major initiative has been launched to conserve the fragile wildlife of the islands of the Pacific.

Bacteria Make Styrofoam Earth-Friendly

Dublin, Ireland - Bacteria that converts Styrofoam into Earth-friendly plastic could lead to a new kind of biodegradable plastic that breaks down into the soil.

Thai press frees itself from intimidation

Bangkok, Thailand - Since Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra took office five years ago, dozens of journalists who criticized the government have been fired or sued for libel, television talk shows have been canceled and radio stations yanked off the air.

Green explosive is a friend of the Earth

Los Alamos, New Mexico - A new type of explosive may make blowing things up a little more environmentally friendly, according to a new study.

Skull of ‘Missing Link’ Human Ancestor Found In Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Scientists in northeastern Ethiopia said Saturday that they have discovered the skull of a small human ancestor that could be a missing link between the extinct Homo erectus and modern man.

Autistic Teen’s Hoop Dreams Come True

Rochester, NY - It was the stuff of Hollywood, but it was real.

Worldwide trade in wild caviar is banned

Geneva, Switzerland - The worldwide trade in wild caviar was banned on Tuesday after nine major caviar-producing countries failed to convince the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) that their stocks of wild sturgeon are sustainable.

G8 agree on clean energy

London, England - The world's leading economic powers and emerging countries have agreed to use clean energy technology to combat climate change at a meeting in London, host Britain said.

Prince Charles Donates To Help Rebuild Mississippi

Washington, DC - Britain's Prince Charles, whose passion for architecture won him a $25,000 prize Thursday, said he planned to donate the money to help rebuild communities in hurricane-ravaged Mississippi.

World is a safer place despite people’s fears

Vancouver, CA - Widespread fears about a world in a perpetual state of war are unfounded, a study says today.

Israel, Pakistan Ministers Meet in Historic First

Jerusalem - The Israeli and Pakistani foreign ministers met for talks Thursday in Istanbul, in the first acknowledged high-level contact between the two countries.

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