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Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered in Papua New Guinea

A team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a pristine jungle habitat teeming with life that has evolved in isolation since the volcano last erupted 200,000 years ago. In a remarkably rich haul from just five weeks of exploration, the biologists discovered 16 frogs which have never before been recorded by science, at least three new fish, a new bat and a giant rat, which may turn out to be the biggest in the world.
"It was mind-blowing to be there and it is clearly time we pulled our finger out and decided these habitats are worth us saving," said Dr George McGavin who headed the expedition.

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Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered in Papua New Guinea

Source: Guardian UK, Thu September 10, 2009
A team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a pristine jungle habitat teeming with life that has evolved in isolation since the volcano last erupted 200,000 years ago. In a remarkably rich haul from just five weeks of exploration, the biologists discovered 16 frogs which have never before been recorded by science, at least three new fish, a new bat and a giant rat, which may turn out to be the biggest in the world.

Indonesia Creates the Savu Marine Park, Largest in Southeast Asia

Source: Dive Photo Guide, Sun May 17, 2009
Indonesia has opened Southeast Asia's largest marine park in the Savu Sea, a migration route for almost half the world's whale species and home to vast tracts of rare coral, the country's fisheries minister said.

Four-day journey to Cairns saves girl’s life

Source: The Cairns Post, Fri May 01, 2009
A Papua New Guinea man made a four-day trip to Cairns carrying a six-year-old girl so badly injured her intestines were exposed.

Papaua New Guinea forests reveal 56 new species

Source: Terra Daily, Wed March 25, 2009
Scientists said Wednesday they have uncovered 56 new species in the teaming virgin tropical forests of Papua New Guinea including jumping spiders and a tiny chirping frog.

‘I’m so grateful for getting shot out of the sky’

Source: Arizona Daily Star, Sun March 16, 2008
Bialla, Papua New Guinea - The Japanese fighter caught the American pilot from behind, riddling his plane with machine-gun rounds. The left engine burst into flames. It was time to bail out.

In Papua New Guinea, mothers take charge

Source: One Country, Wed November 07, 2007
Papua New Guinea - In a simple but striking example of grass roots development, a group of villagers on a remote island some 30 kilometers off Papua New Guinea’s northern coast have funded and built their own medical aid station.

Skies to be swept for alien life

Source: BBC News, Sat October 13, 2007
Hat Creek, California - The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Al Gore & IPCC Share Nobel Peace Prize For 2007

Source: Scoop, Sat October 13, 2007
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

‘Nemo’ Finds His Own Way Home

Source: Discovery News, Mon May 07, 2007
Off Papua New Guinea - He may have had difficulty finding his way home in "Finding Nemo," but the white and orange clownfish generally finds its way back to its parents after being swept out to sea, new research has found.

Six Grassroots Environmentalists Win $125,000 Goldman Environmental Prize

Source: The Huffington Post, Thu April 27, 2006
San Francisco, CA - A Vietnam veteran fighting Pentagon plans to incinerate chemical weapons stockpiles, a man who tipped the United Nations to illegal logging in war-torn Liberia and the person behind the creation of the worlds largest area of protected tropical rainforest are among the winners of this year's prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.

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