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Environment

August, 2008

  • 7 August

    Trash Soils Bush Pledge to Protect Islands

    Monk Seal

    (From ap.google.com) Washington- Two years ago with fanfare, President Bush declared a remote chain of Hawaiian islands the biggest, most environmentally protected area of ocean in the world. It hasn”t worked out that way. Cleanup efforts have slowed, garbage is still piling up and Bush has cut his budget request …

  • 7 August

    California Forestry Officials Reject Rules to Protect Salmon

    From wikipedia.org

    (From sacbee.com)- California forestry officials Wednesday rejected an emergency petition to protect coho salmon in coastal streams, even though federal fisheries regulators said it would help the imperiled fish. The request came from California Trout, the Sierra Club and the Environmental Protection Information Center. It targeted coho salmon in coastal …

  • 7 August

    Insecticides in Common Use in Oregon Could Be Threat to Salmon

    From wikipdia.org

    (From kdrv.com) Eugene, Or.– Commonly used insecticides that have been showing up in Oregon watersheds could pose a real threat to endangered salmon. The three insecticides are chlorpyrifos, malathion and diazinon. All three are in common use around Oregon homes and farms.  And federal researchers caution that could ultimately lead …

  • 4 August

    Dolphins and Penguins Claimed by Storm

    Dead Penguin From stuff.co.nz

    (From stuff.co.nz) New Zealand – A dead dolphin washed up on Omaha Beach, and another dolphin was rescued at Castor Bay and released in quieter waters but subsequently died. Penguins and other dead and injured marine life have also been found ashore. That’s fairly common after a major storm, says …

  • 4 August

    Sonar Triggers Adverse Behavioural Changes in Whales

    Sonar

    (From timesofindia.indiatimes.com) – A report has confirmed that sonar leads to behavioural changes in whales, with the animals subjected to sonar. According to Nature News , this report was issued by the UK military, though it remained unpublished.

  • 4 August

    Mexico: 7 Arrested for Possessing 9,000 Sea Turtle Eggs

    Leatherback Turtle

    (From news.xinhuanet.com) Xinhuanet – Seven men in a truck containing 9,000 protected sea turtle eggs have been arrested by police at highway checkpoint in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero. Sea turtles are a protected species in Mexico, but their eggs have long been considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac by some …

  • 4 August

    Animal Rights Charity Highlights Holidays With a Price

    Captive dolphins from Wikipedia

    (From religiousintelligence.co.uk) – The most dismal destinations for holidaying animal lovers have been listed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The main English cruelty is the tradition of donkey rides, which often involves overworked animals.

  • 4 August

    Death in the Gulf of Mexico

    Sediment from the Mississippi River carries fertilizer to the Gulf of Mexico

    (From nytimes.com) Gulf of Mexico – Every year for the past couple of decades, scientists have tried to estimate the size of the dead zone that forms where the Mississippi River enters the Gulf of Mexico. This year, it may well be as large as Massachusetts, possibly even exceeding the …

  • 4 August

    Increase in World Jellyfish Population Bad Sign for Planet; Scientists

    Img: Jellyfish. Credit: denn/flickr

    (From thetechherald.com) – The burgeoning growth of jellyfish populations throughout the world”s oceans has been linked to global warming, overfishing of natural predators and an increase in pollution which has depleted oxygen in coastal waters, say Spanish scientists. 

  • 3 August

    New Manta Ray Species Discovered

    Manta Ray

    (From thaindian.com) Washington – Scientists have discovered a new Manta Ray species that is a highly migratory animal wandering the world’’s seas. Manta rays are graceful giants in the ray family that can weigh over 4,400 pounds (2,000 kilograms).

  • 3 August

    Gill Nets Decimate Reef Fish

    From honoluluadvertiser.com

    (From honoluluadvertiser.com) Honolulu – The state Department of Land and Natural Resources implemented rules regarding lay nets last year, but some who say they have witnessed frequent violations complain the rules are not being properly enforced. 

  • 3 August

    Human Activity Takes Dangerous Toll on Oceans’ Health

    Human activity

    (From tennessean.com) – Fifty years ago, no one thought that oceans would ever be affected by what people were putting into the water and taking out of it. People used to think that because oceans were so big and so powerful, they could do anything to them and the great …