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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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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.

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

Shark fin soup has been called pricey, extravagant and flavourless. This October, it will become illegal in Calgary.

KFC-Indonesia suspends purchases from Asia Pulp & Paper due to deforestation

While KFC bosses in Kentucky remain silent on whether it will cut forest destruction out of its supply chain globally, it looks like one country has gotten tired of waiting for headquarters to respond to the Greenpeace campaign.

Portugal commissions world’s first Nissan Leaf electric car police fleet

Portugal's Police has put the world's first Nissan Leaf police car fleet on the streets. The eight-car fleet will help PSP in its goal to reduce its carbon footprint.

A sporting victory for equal rights

A few days ago the runner made history as one of two women named in the Saudi Olympic team.

Vaccine and antibiotics stabilized so refrigeration is not needed

Researchers have developed a new silk-based stabilizer that will provide a new avenue toward eliminating the need to keep some vaccines and antibiotics refrigerated, which could save billions of dollars every year and increase accessibility to third world populations.

Ex-addicts staying sober through sport

After beating his addiction to drugs and alcohol, Scott Strode found support through sports. Since 2007, his nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport, has provided free athletic activities and a sober support community to more than 4,700 participants in Colorado.

Libya election: High turnout in historic vote

Libyans have been voting in their first free national election for 60 years.

Human Rights Council backs Internet freedom

Despite opposition from India, China and Russia, the UN Human Rights Council passed its first resolution on Internet freedom, to support individuals’ rights online.

Experimental headlight system can see through rain and snow

Driving at night in falling rain or snow can be treacherous, but not just because the asphalt is slippery – visibility is also greatly reduced, as the driver’s view of the road ahead is obscured by brightly headlight-lit raindrops or snowflakes. In the future, however, that may not be so much of a problem. A team led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Prof. Srinivasa Narasimhan has developed an experimental headlight system that renders most foreground precipitation virtually invisible, while still adequately illuminating the road beyond.

Chinese police ‘smash’ trafficking gangs, frees 181

Chinese police have broken up two major child trafficking gangs and freed 181 children, officials say.

Long hunt detects possible ‘God particle’

Physicists in Europe claim they have discovered a new particle consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson, crucial to theories of the universe.

China to ban shark fin soup from official functions

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

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

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.

Cashing in the American dream to help AIDS orphans, those who raise them

Jackson Kaguri is helping grandmothers who are raising grandchildren left orphaned by AIDS. His Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project provides free education and health care to nearly 600 children in Uganda, and it offers support to nearly 7,000 grandmothers.

Shark fin ban gains momentum in Metro cities

A campaign to stamp out the use of shark fins by Chinese restaurants is quickly gaining steam across Metro Vancouver.

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