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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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Bill Nye the Science Guy asks parents not to raise creationist kids‎

Creationists: Please don't teach your kids to deny evolution, begs science educator and television personality Bill Nye, who hosted "Bill Nye the Science Guy" in the 1990s.

Pairing ‘angels’ with cancer patients

Jonny Imerman is a cancer survivor who wants to make sure no young adult battles the disease alone. In 2002, he started Imerman Angels, a nonprofit that pairs cancer patients with cancer survivors for one-on-one support. The group has made more than 8,000 matches worldwide.

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Saved From illegal Logging

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.

Myanmar government abolishes direct media censorship

Myanmar abolished direct media censorship on Monday, the latest dramatic reform by its quasi-civilian regime, but journalists face other formidable restrictions including a ban on private daily newspapers and a pervasive culture of self-censorship.

Johnson & Johnson Announces a Ban on Harmful Chemicals in Products

Johnson & Johnson made the landmark announcement this week that it would ban harmful chemicals from their products.

Madagascar Gets Biggest Lemur Park

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.

Male contraceptive pill ‘step closer’ after mice studies

Scientists believe they are a step closer in the difficult journey towards developing a male contraceptive pill, after successful studies in mice.

Nanaimo latest B.C. municipality to ban shark fin

B.C.’s anti-shark fin movement is gaining momentum as Nanaimo becomes the newest municipality to become fin-free.

Spotting Cancer Cells in Blood With a 27-Picosecond Camera

A simple blood test that offers early detection of cancer in the human body has long eluded medical researchers, but a team at UCLA is getting closer.

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

Conditions are right for growth in community-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.

How Some Food Retailers Are Coming to the Rescue of Pigs

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

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

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

Gale Crater: Geological ‘sweet shop’ awaits Mars rover

This Monday, the most sophisticated spacecraft ever sent to touch the surface of another world will land on Mars and soon begin reporting back important discoveries.

Company Designs Bottle From Great Pacific Garbage Patch Debris

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.

Human Rights Court Rules in Favor of Community Over Ecuadorian Government

In a case that could have broad implications, the Kichwa community of Sarayaku, Ecuador, won a major battle on July 25, when the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the Ecuadorian government had violated its rights to communal property and cultural identity.

Turkmenistan to plant huge forest in Aral Sea region

Turkmenistan is allocating tens of millions of dollars to plant trees in a region neighbouring the stricken Aral Sea, state newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan said Tuesday.

London’s Eco-Friendly Olympic Games

The whole world has gathered in London for the Summer Olympic Games. It is the third time this city has hosted the games, and the nation is aiming to make it unique as the first "sustainable" Olympics.

Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there—get ready

SETI researcher Seth Shostak bets that we will find extraterrestrial life in the next twenty-four years, or he'll buy you a cup of coffee. At TEDxSanJoseCA, he explains why new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough so likely -- and forecasts how the discovery of civilizations far more advanced than ours might affect us here on Earth.

Google Unveils Ultrafast Web Service

Google on Thursday unveiled an ultrafast Web service along with an Internet television subscription in the Kansas City area as part of a pilot project to boost broadband speeds. The Google Fiber superfast broadband network will be available starting in September, with one-gigabyte per second speeds -- about 100 times faster than most current Internet subscriptions.

Conservationists pledge to double number of tiny buffalo

The World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines) has joined top academic institution Far Eastern University (FEU), alongside well-established environmental groups in Mindoro, with the goal of doubling the wild tamaraw population from 300 to 600 by 2020.

Quebecers cut plastic bag use in half

Quebecers cut their plastic bag use by more than half in three years, Environment Minister Pierre Arcand said on Monday.

Hope for more effective TB treatment

Hopes of a new, more effective therapy for tuberculosis have been raised following the results of early trials.

Genetic entrepreneur to compete in Genomics X Prize

A race to unlock genetic clues behind living to 100 is set to begin next year, after a US team announced it will compete for the $10m Genomics X Prize.

Buddha tree alive and healthy at age 2,500

The 2,500-year-old tree under which Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment is alive and healthy, Indian scientists said Thursday.

Gene therapy nears approval in Europe

Europe is on the cusp of approving a gene therapy for the first time, in what would be a landmark moment for the field.

Green plants reduce street pollution 8 times more than previously believed

Trees, bushes and other greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than previously believed, a new study has found.

Scientists Develop Method to Reduce Farmers’ Use of Nitrogen Fertilizer

Scientist at Michigan State University are putting the finishing touches on a program that would pay farmers to apply less nitrogen fertilizer in a way that doesn't jeopardize yields.

‘Air’ Batteries Could Energize Evs

Researchers in the UK say they have made a key step in development of a lithium-air battery, a device that promises three to five times as much energy per unit mass as the existing lithium-ion batteries that we use in our consumer devices and electric vehicles.

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