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UN Secretary-General calls for more ambitious targets as G8 Summit ends


From UNEP L’Aquila (Italy), 10 July 2009 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the G8 agreement on a long term goal to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, but says it is still not enough to reach a fair, effective climate agreement in Copenhagen Summit in December. Mr. Ban called for more […]

How to measure vulnerability to climate change?


From IRINNEWS JOHANNESBURG, 10 June 2009 (IRIN) – A complex but critical issue is being raised at the UN climate change talks in Bonn, Germany: finding a scale that determines how vulnerable developing countries are to climate change, which will help allocating funds to adapt fairly. Jan Kowalzig, of the UK-based development agency, Oxfam, told […]

Giant Jellyfish Swarms Off The Coast Of Japan


From io9 Just when you thought it was safe. Overfishing and human activities have led to jellyfish growth all over the world. And not just in population; this jellyfish, found off of the coast of Japan, is almost 5 feet across. Not only that, but scientists have found jellyfish weighing up to 440 pounds. Human […]

A few things I learned from a zucchini


From Natural Patriot By Emmett Duffy A few days ago, the little garden patch produced its first fruit (photo at right). It doesn’t like like much, I’ll admit, but every baby is beautiful to its parents. Well, to be truthful, some of the things advertised in the title I already knew, and others I learned […]

Report Brings to the Surface the Growing Global Problem of Marine Litter


From UNEP UNEP Head Calls for World-Wide Ban on Pointless Thin Film Plastic Bags Washington DC/Nairobi, 8 June 2009 – From discarded fishing gear to plastic bags to cigarette butts, a growing tide of marine litter is harming oceans and beaches worldwide, says a new report. The report, the first-ever attempt to take stock of […]

Peter Custers: green means zero growth


From Le Monde Diplomatique Break with all history since the industrial revolution With the world economy in disarray and military expenditure spiralling, what hopes are there of a genuinely Green New Deal? In this month’s podcast, George Miller talks to Peter Custers, an expert on the international arms trade, about his article “Towards zero growth […]

It is time…


:: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: From UNEP Economic Crisis Hits EU and US Clean Energy As Emerging Economy Investments Rise 27% to $36 billion However Renewables Draw More Investment than Fossil-Fueled Energy Technologies in ’08Geothermal Sees Fastest Growth – Wind Power Tops Overall Investment, Solar Posts Largest Gains New […]

Calls grow for action on stalled Amazon reserve proposals


From WWF 02 Jun 2009 Brasilia, Brazil – WWF and 33 other NGOs delivered a letter on Tuesday to Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva asking him to take decisive action to create new protected areas in the Amazon and Para regions. The letter followed a meeting earlier this month between top government officials […]

Charles Darwin


From Wikipedia Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist[I] who realised and presented compelling evidence that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors, through the process he called natural selection.[1] The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and much […]

mtDNA / Mitochondrial DNA


From Wikipedia Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is the DNA located in organelles called mitochondria. Most other DNA present in eukaryotic organisms is found in the cell nucleus. Mitochondrial DNA was discovered by Margit M. K. Nass and Sylvan Nass by electron microscopy as DNAase-sensitive thread inside mitochondria,[1] and by Ellen Haslbrunner, Hans Tuppy and Gottfried Schatz […]