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The diversity of bees and wildflowers is declining simultaneously in both Britain and the Netherlands.
A United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released July 17 found that 16 Pacific nations, including American Samoa and Fiji, could lose more than half their mangroves by 2100.
On Monday, Costa Rican environmentalist Carlos Manuel Rodriguez received the Blue Moon Fund’s first annual Conservation Leadership Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., for his efforts to promote the valuation of ecosystem services in his country.
Discussions of energy security, originally on the agenda for last week’s Group of Eight (G8) summit in St. Petersburg, were largely sidelined at the meeting as world leaders turned their attention to the worsening situation in the Middle East.
At this week’s G-8 summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for an increased role for nuclear energy worldwide.
On the second anniversary of the International Conference for Renewable Energies (Renewables 2004), German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul declared that “excellent progress” has been made in developing a renewables-based energy system.
Many wealthy countries that signed on to the Kyoto Protocol to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2008–12 are now wavering in their commitments.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international press freedom organization, and the Environmental Communications Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (RedCalc), a group of environmental journalists and communicators from more than 15 countries, have formally condemned the slow response of local police to death threats against renowned Brazilian environmental journalist Vilmar Berna.
While businesses and governments begin to invest in biofuels and unconventional petroleum sources such as oil sands, a more traditional source of energy—coal—is also receiving international attention as an oil replacement.
On July 5, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released a report documenting the illegal overfishing of bluefin tuna in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.