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Bahamas Bans Shark Fishing

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Caribbean nation joins global movement to protect sharks

In a strong move for the marine conservation movement, the government of the Bahamas has banned commercial fishing for sharks, as well as selling, exporting, or importing shark meat. The archipelago has one of the most diverse and healthiest shark populations in the world, and this move will ensure a healthy future for the often maligned creatures. Not only is it a good move from a conservation......read more

The Value of Trees

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Artist and Tree Activist Gillian Ware on preserving and respecting the arboreal world

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way." - William Blake  Two hundred years later, Blake's words ring truer than ever. In Santa Monica, city officials are moving forward with a plan to remove 54 mature fig trees as part of a new urban design project. Artist Gillian Ware, who divides her time between the UK and Los......read more

Potomac Tops List of America's Most Endangered Rivers

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Conservation group American Rivers urges support for clean water protection

In an announcement that's as laden with symbolism as rivers are with sediment, American Rivers has named the Potomac River, which flows through the nation's capital, the most endangered river in the United States. "America’s Most Endangered Rivers," the annual report from the clean water advocacy group, noted that the Potomac is under increasing threat from pollution caused by urban......read more

Brendon Grimshaw's Private Island is a National Park

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86 year-old reintroduced indigenous giant toirtoises to the island he bought in 1962

In 1962, acting on a whim, British newspaper editor Brendon Grimshaw bought the tiny deserted island of Moyenne in the Seychelles for £8,000. He moved to the island permanently in 1972 and now, a half century later, the 86 year-old lives there all alone but for with the giant tortoises that he reintroduced to the island. In addition to the tortoises, Grimshaw has planted 16,000 trees,......read more

The World's First Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine

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New wind power tech designed with specific intent of saving avian lives

Clean though wind power may be, it doesn't come without its own environmental concerns, chief among which is the fact that birds and bats share the unfortunate habit of flying into spinning turbine blades.  Raymond Green, an 89-year-old World War II veteran, has developed a new bladeless wind turbine that he claims will save the lives of avian creatures. Carrying the slightly wordy......read more

Unlikely Conservation Allies

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The Nature Conservancy forges surprising partnerships to further its mission

Environmental advocacy generally takes one of two forms. There is the confrontational, in-your-face approach favored by groups like Greenpeace and Earth First, whereby polluters and other eco villains are stood up to, often by force. And then there is the conciliatory, cooperative approach, through which groups with seemingly opposing ideals and motivations work together to find common ground.......read more

Urban Beehive by Rowan Dunford

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Simple, stackable beehive design makes beekeeping easy

With global honeybee populations in decline, backyard beekeepers are looking to pick up the slack by domesticating the critters that are so critical to the world's food supply. The problem for many of us is that getting into beekeeping seems, well, hard. Enter the Urban Beehive, a stackable beehive design by New Zealand native Rowan Dunford that makes beekeeping simple. The product, spotted on......read more

The Blue Planet by 3XN

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The latest incarnation of the Denmark Aquarium mimics the waves of the sea

The swirling Blue Planet aquarium in Copenhagen, designed by Danish studio 3XN, has recently opened to the public, and it's a spectacular building to say the least. Designed to resemble a wave or a whirlpool, the waterfront structure appears to melt into the ocean. The building comprises a series of curved wings, designed to mimic the shapes generated by swirling water, and is clad in shimmering......read more

The Conservation Economy

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Conserving the nation's fish, wildlife and natural resources is a $40-billion industry, according to a new study

It's said that you can't put a price on protecting the environment, and on the face of it, we agree. But when we're always hearing about the economic benefits of industrial activity, it would be nice to know what conservation is actually worth, in dollar terms. Now, thanks to a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation study, we do. The analysis considered the jobs, tax revenue and other economic......read more

How to Save a Marine Ecosystem

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By promoting anchovy as a delicacy, rather than just farm food, Peru looks to secure a sustainable fishery

At only about five inches long, the Peruvian anchoveta seems an unlikely contender for the title of the world's most heavily fished species, by weight. And yet, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the diminutive silver forager is “the most heavily exploited fish in world history,” with annual catches in Chile and Peru sometimes totaling more than 9......read more

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