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High seas of South Pacific protected from bottom trawling
7 May 2007 at 11:05am
A landmark agreement between 21 countries will restrict the controversial practice of bottom-trawling in the high seas of the South Pacific. The deal, which takes effect in September, affects a quarter of the world’s oceans, and is the first step toward implementing a U.N. resolution on bottom-trawling from December. “It …

Sarah Augustine and Dan Peplow, indigenous-health activists, InterActivate
7 May 2007 at 11:05am
Sarah Augustine and Dan Peplow live on a sustainable ranch in eastern Washington state, but, more often than not, their thoughts and energies are focused on a Washington-sized country in South America. The co-directors of the Suriname Indigenous Health Fund supply technology and support to indigenous communities impacted by gold …

Pesticides could make kids dumb, diesel emissions make them sick
7 May 2007 at 11:05am
You know how we say we shouldn’t wreck the planet for “future generations”? Turns out we’re wrecking them too! A study from Indiana University says children conceived in the summer score lower on tests in school, and suggests that in-womb pesticide exposure may be to blame. “To recognize that what …

Umbra on online shopping
7 May 2007 at 11:05am
It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when you actually had to leave the house to get any shopping done. A reader wonders whether the growth of online consumerism is a boon or bane for the environment: does leaving the car parked outweigh the effects of all that …

Spanish activists up in arms over unchecked urbanization
7 May 2007 at 11:05am
This weekend, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Spain to voice their fury over … rampant urbanization. Yes, it’s true, residents of la piel de toro have had it with the bull. A building boom that started in the 1960s is overrunning rural areas and coastal cities, say …

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