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U.N. puts area of Solomon Islands on list of endangered sites

UNITED NATIONS, June 19 (UPI) -- The United Nations says the East Rennell area of the Solomon Islands has been placed on a list of endangered sites due to logging's effect on the ecosystem.

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Future generations to pay for our mistakes: biodiversity loss doesn't appear for decades

The biodiversity of Europe today is largely linked to environmental conditions decades ago, according to a new large-scale study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Oilsands monitoring plan results not available yet

The revamping of environmental monitoring of the oilsands was supposed to be the federal government's defence against suspicions of widespread damage.

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South Africa: Environmental Impact Guideline for Aquaculture Published

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has published the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Guideline for Aquaculture in South Africa, for public comment in Gazette No. 36145 of 11 February 2013.

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Environmental Uncertainties Halt PNG Deep Sea Mining

The world’s first deep sea mineral (DSM) mining venture in the Bismarck Sea off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific has come to a halt after two years of development.

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Peru Working to Reform Environmental Impact Assessment System

LIMA, Jul 31 2012 (IPS) - A random review by the Peruvian government of 205 environmental impact assessments approved between 2001 and 2010 revealed that 86 percent lacked complete information on how they had received the green light from the authorities.

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Do we know enough to ensure safe Arctic drilling?

FOR the oil and gas industry, the Arctic Ocean is the final frontier. Beneath the ocean floor lies an estimated 90 billion barrels of recoverable oil - about 13 per cent of the global total. As the sea ice retreats and traditional sources of hydrocarbons dwindle, the pressure to drill is becomin ...

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U.S. car manufacturers linked to Amazon destruction, slave labor

According to a new report by Greenpeace, top U.S. car companies such as Ford, General Motors, and Nissan are sourcing pig iron that has resulted in the destruction of Amazon rainforests, slave labor, and land conflict with indigenous tribes.

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A Practical Guide to Green Products and Services

ScienceDaily (May 15, 2012) — A new report published May 14 by the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), provides key information for policy makers and business managers on how to assess the environmental impacts of products and services.

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NGOs seek special body for looking into dam projects

Welcoming the dialogue between anti-dam groups and the state government, NGOs working on biodiversity conservation have suggested formation of an autonomous body - Ecological Assessment Group (EAG).

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No Clear Studies on Impacts of Merowe Dam

KHARTOUM, Jan 2, 2012 (IPS) - The multi-billion dollar Merowe Dam on the Nile River more than doubled Sudan's electricity supply, but its environmental impacts are still unknown to the public, and communities whose villages were flooded have not yet received compensation.

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Weak Environmental Impact Studies for Mines

LIMA, Dec 26, 2011 (IPS) - The stiff local opposition to the Conga gold mining project in the northern Peruvian highlands region of Cajamarca revived a long-postponed debate in this country, on the weakness of environmental impact studies in the mining industry.

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Native Lands Ruling Opens Up New Questions

TORONTO, Sep 6, 2011 (IPS) - As Canada's aboriginal community celebrates last month's milestone legal ruling regarding clear-cutting in Ontario and the forestry sector mulls its future strategy, discussions are taking place about how to carry out an impact assessment evaluating damage incurred b ...

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Oil exploration under Arctic ice could cause 'uncontrollable' natural disaster

Any serious oil spill in the ice of the Arctic, the "new frontier" for oil exploration, is likely to be an uncontrollable environmental disaster despoiling vast areas of the world's most untouched ecosystem, one of the world's leading polar scientists has told The Independent.

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Obama administration backs oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas

The Obama administration has given an important approval to a controversial pipeline that will pump oil from the tar sands of Alberta to the Texas coast.

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First Nations leaders join Keystone pipeline protest

Indigenous people from across North America are joining the White House protest against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude oil from northern Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas.

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Maternal Meltdown From Chernobyl to Fukushima

SAN FRANCISCO, Apr 26, 2011 (IPS) - On this day 25 years ago, a massive explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine released clouds of radioactive particles into the atmosphere across Russia and Europe.

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Gulf Oil Spill Surprise: Methane Almost Gone Natural gas ingredient gobbled up by bacterial blooms, study finds.

After months of speculation about what will happen to the Gulf oil spill, it turns out Mother Nature has rolled up her sleeves and dispatched with a lot of the gas released along with it—in just four months. Surprisingly, practically all of the methane that accompanied nearly five million barr ...

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How to measure your firm's biodiversity footprint

Biodiversity is the new carbon in environmental circles, but can you really measure, manage or cost it as easily as you can carbon? Share Comments (0) By David Burrows, Business Green, Guardian Sustainable Business Network guardian.co.uk, Monday 10 January 2011 12.37 GMT Biodiversity is o ...

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