Greenpeace Warns Africa of Overfishing Dangers

11 February 2011

Greenpeace is urging west African countries to protect fish stocks by fighting illegal fishing and overfishing. The conservation group said in a report called "How Africa feeds Europe" that huge European fishing vessels are quickly depleting west African fish stocks after overfishing their own waters.

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Ontario Puts Wind Projects on Hold

11 February 2011

The Canadian province of Ontario is putting a moratorium on off-shore wind farms until it has a better idea of their potential environmental impact, Reuters reported Friday. The province said Friday it would not approve any proposed projects and that it would suspend current wind applications under its program to buy power from alternative energy sources.

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Nicolas Sarkozy Backs Annecy’s Olympic Bid

11 February 2011

French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that he will support Annecy’s bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Three cities are vying for the chance to host the event: Annecy, Munich and South Korea’s Pyeongchang. The International Olympic Commission plans to decide the host on July 6 in Durban, South Africa. Sarkozy traveled to Annecy Friday [...]

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Israel Concerned About Egyptian Regime Change

11 February 2011

Israel warily watched Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation unfold Friday, concerned about the countries' peace treaty. The 30-year autocrat's decision to step down from power, which comes after 18 days of widespread protests in Cairo and other major Egyptian cities, was announced by Vice President Omar Suleiman in a televised broadcast Friday night. While Israel's government has declined comment on the new development, Israeli officials are worried that the ouster of their Arab ally could mean trouble. "We have a tough period ahead of us," Zvi Mazel, a former Israeli ambassador in Egypt, told Israel TV, according to AP. "Iran and Turkey will consolidate positions against us. Forget about the former Egypt. Now it's a completely new reality, and it won't be easy." After Turkey abandoned its alliance last year, Jordan is the only remaining Arab country that still has a peace deal with Israel, AP reports. Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, an Israeli Labor Party Knesset member and former defense minister, voiced concern over Mubarak's resignation. "From this day on, I only have lots of questions about what will be, what will be the fate of the peace treaty between us and the Egyptians?" Ben-Eliezer told Israel TV's Channel 10, as quoted by AP. "There are many questions that we don't have answers for, how will this affect the entire region now?" The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt has been in effect since 1979.

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Mubarak Steps Down, Resigns Power to Military

11 February 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down and ceded power to the military Friday after 18 days of pro-democracy protests calling for his ouster. "President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down and has handed power to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces," Vice President Omar Suleiman announced on state radio and television, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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Suicide Attack Leaves 30 Pakistani Troops Dead

10 February 2011

A suicide attack in an army center in northwester Pakistan Thursday killed more than 30 Pakistani troops and wounded more than 40, officials say. Geo News reported that a young suicide bomber in a school uniform walked into the heavily guarded parade ground inside the Punjab Regimental Center in Mardan and blew himself up.

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Traveler Detained for Possessing 200 Illegal Animals

10 February 2011

An Indonesian man was arrested Wednesday at an airport in Bangkok, Thailand for attempting to smuggle 200 live animals - including tortoises, snakes, squirrels, spiders, lizards and a parrot - in three suitcases. The international wildlife monitoring group TRAFFIC said in a statement Thursday that the traveler was stopped after airport officials spotted the animals in images of the scanned luggage.

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Biofuel Maker Gevo Makes Strong IPO Debut

09 February 2011

Biofuel and renewable chemicals maker Gevo is officially a public company, as shares priced at $15 began trading on the Nasdaq this morning. The Englewood, Colo.-based company said it expected to raise $95.7 million after offering expenses. The stock climbed $2, or 13.3 percent, to $17 in afternoon trading, AP reports.

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Indonesia Palm Oil Company Promises to Preserve Forests

09 February 2011

Indonesia's biggest palm oil manufacturer on Wednesday promised to meet new standards aimed at preserving ecologically important peatswamp forests. The announcement was cautiously applauded by environmental groups like Greenpeace.

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WWF Warns About Drilling Risk in Mediterranean

09 February 2011

Biodiversity in the eastern Mediterranean Sea could take a deadly hit if drillers rush in on recently discovered gas-rich fields, the World Wildlife Fund warned Wednesday. The international environmental organization warned that gas drilling in the area shared by Turkey, Israel and Egypt could ravage the sea's ecosystem, which would take at least a millennium to grow again.

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