Environment

Caviar hunters push sturgeon to ‘extinction’s edge’

After more than 200 million years, sturgeon are losing a battle for survival to poachers who have hunted the queens of caviar to the verge of extinction, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Bluefin tuna trade ban blocked

Japan has sunk a proposal at a United Nations meeting in Qatar to ban the export on Atlantic bluefin tuna, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Canada defies “ignorant” EU

Canadian parliamentarians tucked into a meal of seal meat this week to defy both animal rights activists and the European Union, which has banned imports of seal products, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Sea Shepherd targets tuna fishing

The Sea Shepherd conservation group’s ship the Steve Irwin has left Hobart with the goal of protecting bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Deep-sea volcanoes play key climate role

A vast network of under-sea volcanoes pumping out nutrient-rich water in the Southern Ocean plays a key role in soaking up large amounts of carbon dioxide, acting as a brake on climate change, scientists say.

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A bleak future for Australia’s cities

Architects and demographers say Australian cities must radically transform to cope with the pressures of population growth and climate change or face social unrest and urban decay, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Climate change is a fact, says China

A deputy director of China’s most powerful economic ministry has come out swinging against climate change denial, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Under the spotlight: Lynda Stoner

Lynda Stoner gave up a career in the spotlight to campaign for animals, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Mongolia in bind over mining

As Mongolia cowers under the brutal thrall of its worst winter in decades, questions are being asked as to whether the country should end its reliance on nomadic herders and dig deeper into its mineral reserves instead, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Alaska’s climate refugees on the move

Residents of a tiny Yup’ik Eskimo village in Alaska are preparing to become the United States’ first climate refugees and flee their homes as the thawing permafrost beneath washes away, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Australia sets whaling deadline

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has set Japan a November deadline to stop Southern Ocean whaling or face an international legal challenge to its yearly cull, reports MiNDFOOD.

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‘Australian’ comet captured by NASA

A spectacular image of a comet found from an Australian observatory is among the first pictures to be captured by NASA’s new satellite telescope, MiNDFOOD reports.

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UN climate chief quits

Ban Ki-moon is faced with finding anther climate change figurehead following the announcement Yvo de Boer, head of the UN’s climate change convention, will resign.

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India celebrities add glitz to tiger conservation

1,411 – that’s the number on the lips of Indian celebrities fronting a new campaign to save tigers which was launched ahead of the Chinese lunar Year of the Tiger, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Northern food bowl just a dream

The dream of turning Australia’s tropical north into a major food bowl to replace drought-stricken southern farmlands and feed a future Asia has been shattered by a new report released on February 8.

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Water at core of climate change impact

Desertification, flash floods, melting glaciers, cyclones or water-borne diseases such as cholera are among the impacts of global warming inextricably tied to water, say experts, according the MiNDFOOD.

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Loss of species hits economy

Losses of animal and plant species are an increasing economic threat and the world needs new goals for protecting nature after failing to achieve a 2010 UN target of slowing extinctions, experts said, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Snowmageddon paralyses US east coast

A monster storm, dubbed ‘Snowmageddon’, has enveloped the US east coast claiming the lives of two people, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Uproar over massive Amazon dam plan

Environmentalists and indigenous groups say a proposed dam in the Amazon river basin will harm the delicate local environment and the people it harbours, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Saving endangered species economically

2010 marks the International Year of Biodiversity, prompting the UN to encourage communities to take action against the accelerating pace of wildlife extinctions, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Obama abandons man’s return to the moon

US President Barack Obama has abandoned plans to return US astronauts to the moon by ending the costly Constellation next-generation rocket program.

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Poor give muted backing to climate deal

A ‘Copenhagen Accord’ for fighting climate change has won only half-hearted support from major emerging nations led by China and India, leaving question marks over a pact they agreed with the United States, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Climate body ’embarrassed’ over forest claim

The credibility of the world’s climate change authority has taken another hit, with accusations that it based a claim about disappearing forests on a report by environmental activists, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Eco-chic fashion shows off stylish sustainability

Models wearing alpaca fiber, bamboo and organic silk and cotton strutted down an ‘Eco-chic’ catwalk to back a United Nations call for the sustainable use of natural resources.

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