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International cooperation can create recovery from the Aral Sea disaster 30.10.2014 Earth Times
The conference we mentioned last week has produced very hopeful “green shoots” of hope for financial, agricultural and hydrological solutions to the problems facing the peoples around the Aral Sea. The environmental catastrophe of toxic dust, total loss of species and livelihoods and currently high levels of cancers and TB have finally stirred up increased international cooperation from a multitude of partners and donors such as Asian and Islamic banks. First, we have some heartening eco-news:
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French Socialists and Greens at odds following death of Sivens dam protester 28.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Rémi Fraisse died instantly on Saturday night after being hit by a grenade, autopsy finds Continue reading...
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Feds Act To Protect 2 Butterflies; Farmers Wary 24.10.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: Minnesota Zoo)The federal government has added two Upper Midwest butterfly species to its list of threatened and endangered species, pleasing conservationists but worrying farm groups who say it could make it harder for their members to earn a living off the land.
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Hydropower means a lot worldwide. 24.10.2014 Earth Times
How big a dam? The very largest could just be a step too far, with the vast eco-resources of a river destroyed, along with all that depends on the river’s heart-its resident species. Smaller dams mean much less loss of migration opportunity, more room for natural river systems and less disruption of the river bed and its riparian species.
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The good news about offshore oil rigs 21.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Newly Identified Species Of Snail Named For Marriage Equality 14.10.2014 Think Progres

Researchers in Taiwan have named a newly identified species of land snail for marriage equality because of its hermaphroditic characteristics.

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Quagga mussels invade your waterways! 13.10.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
The UK is about to receive a visit from the infamous quagga mussel. It’s a rock star you won’t like, living in hard substrates and a softie too! Many species such as freshwater fish could be affected, as well as poisoned, while the blockages caused by the high population levels often bring power station or other water inlets to a full stop.
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Minnesota's newest wildlife management area is a quiet oasis 40 miles from the Twin Cities 13.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Spotlight on green news & views: Frack-onomics cracking up, trashing California's aquifers 12.10.2014 Daily Kos
Staff at Appalachian Bear Rescue release a bear back into the wild. Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here . So far, more than 19,725 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. The Frackonomics Con Job about to be Exposed —by gjohnsit: "The numbers for the fracking industry have never really added up, but according to yesterday's Bloomberg article the amount of lies and deception is a bubble waiting to burst. 'They’re running a great risk of litigation when they don’t end up producing anything like that,' said John Lee, a University of Houston petroleum engineering ...
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We’re mad about Madagascar. 11.10.2014 Earth Times
How much research flows out of Madagascar, on the lemurs, chameleons and frogs alone. We have to preserve this island and sustain its people in their struggles with nature, including climate change. The age of introspection is over. This is one planet and we all are one with it – just investigate the biodiversity and the climate change conferences mushrooming in response to popular demands.
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Federal Court: One Million Acres Near Grand Canyon Protected From Mining 10.10.2014 Think Progres

Lands around the Grand Canyon will be closed to the exploration and development of mining claims for at least 20 years.

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‘The Other CO2 Problem’: How Acidic Oceans Will Cost Our Economy Billions 9.10.2014 Think Progres

The most important takeaways from the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity's comprehensive report on ocean acidification and how it's harming the economy.

The post ‘The Other CO2 Problem’: How Acidic Oceans Will Cost Our Economy Billions appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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World not on course to meet 2020 biodiversity targets 9.10.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
Out of 20 biodiversity targets set in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010 few are on track – some are even further away from being realised than they were four years ...
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Acid damage to coral reefs could cost $1 trillion 8.10.2014 New Scientists HIV
Lost revenue from tourism and other industries help make the economic case for governments to start acting to stop ocean ...
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Loon, Interrupted: Chicks Dying, Social Chaos. Is Their Comeback Unraveling? 8.10.2014 Truthout.com
A common loon. (Photo: Matthew / Flickr ) Holderness, New Hampshire - Tiffany Grade sweeps her binoculars over tangled tree roots at water’s edge. She spots a black and white checkerboard of feathers in a lichen-covered crease in the shoreline – a loon sitting on a nest. Just offshore, a second loon glides past, dives, then disappears. Also see: Heavy Metal Songs: Contaminated Songbirds Sing the Wrong Tunes To the untrained eye, it’s an idyllic summer scene on Squam Lake. But to a loon biologist like Grade, it’s trouble. “Do you see the way he stretches his neck up?” Grade says, pointing to the diving bird. “He knows he’s some place he shouldn’t be.” The male intruder is biding his time until the nesting loon leaves. This vying for territory imperils the unhatched chick: Its parents can be killed or distracted, leaving the egg undefended or the chick unfed. And if one parent is ousted, the intruder kills the chick. At Squam Lake, it’s social chaos. Chicks are dying. Eggs aren’t hatching. It’s a scenario ...
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Artist, environmentalist Maya Lin wins prestigious Lillian Gish Prize 8.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Heavy Metal Songs: Contaminated Songbirds Sing the Wrong Tunes 7.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
A song sparrow. After extensive research in Virginia, scientists have shown that mercury alters the very thing that many birds are known for - their songs. (Photo: Putneypics / Flickr ) Waynesboro, Virginia - Standing in the woods along the South River, Kelly Hallinger held the microphone up to capture the cacophony of songs, one at a time: the urgent, effervescent voice of the house wren, the teakettle whistle of the Carolina wren and the sharp, shrill notes of the song sparrow. Also see: Winged Warnings: Built for Survival, Birds in Trouble From Pole to Pole It was the summer after her freshman year at the College of William and Mary, and Hallinger was working with her professor, ecologist Dan Cristol, to investigate the effects of mercury left behind by a factory. Over and over she recorded birdsong, visiting various sites in the woods and along the shore, some polluted, some unpolluted. When she got back to Williamsburg with her tape recorder, Hallinger sorted through the hours of bird songs. She ...
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Altadena-based group has its eye on wildlife-rich Cottonwood Canyon 7.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
On a modest stretch of Linda Vista Avenue near the La Cañada Flintridge-Pasadena border lies a nondescript piece of land whose dry shrubs and trees hide a rich biodiversity of life.
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Biodiversity Progress Today 7.10.2014 Earth Times
Here is the promised simple report on the first day of the big Korean Biodiversity convention. We’ll have to wait longer for anything more concrete.
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Biodiversity Summit 6.10.2014 Earth Times
If you appreciate the buzzing bee, the sight of cheetah hunting, or the thought of stroking a manta ray, this summit is essential reading. It begins today, so we can but hope ---.
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