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Noisy, Acid Oceans Increasingly Harmful to Whales

Article: Noisy, Acid Oceans Increasingly Harmful to Whales

ROME, Italy, December 3, 2008 (ENS) – Oceans and seas are becoming noisier with more vessels, increased seismic surveys for oil and gas, off-shore construction and recreation, and a new generation of military sonars, an alliance of wildlife groups said today. They warn that the cacophony is intensifying threats to marine mammals that use sound…

Clean Up The World Maps Activities Online

Article: Clean Up The World Maps Activities Online

SYDNEY, Australia, September 19, 2008 (ENS) – A new online tool will track environmental protection activities across the planet as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend, the United Nations Environment Programme announced today. Clean Up the World Weekend, celebrated globally on the third weekend in September, starts today. Clean Up the World…

Beijing Air Improves, Olympic Village Earns LEED Gold

Article: Beijing Air Improves, Olympic Village Earns LEED Gold

BEIJING, China, August 13, 2008 – Beijing’s air quality has improved, with the sky clearly visible today after rains on Sunday and Monday reduced the air pollution, heat and mugginess that made Olympic athletes, visitors and residents uncomfortable for days. Weather officials measured an Air Pollution Index of 32 on Tuesday, far below the benchmark…

Green Olympics Effort Draws UN Environment Chief to Beijing

Article: Green Olympics Effort Draws UN Environment Chief to Beijing

BEIJING, China, August 4, 2008 (ENS) – The head of the United Nations Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, will attend the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics on August 8 as part of the agency’s continuing support for the greening of the games, the UN announced today. UNEP has been working with the Beijing Olympic Committee…

Fish Perish as Climate Change Disrupts Ocean Systems

Article: Fish Perish as Climate Change Disrupts Ocean Systems

MONACO, February 22, 2008 (ENS) – Climate change is threatening the world’s fish populations, already stressed by pollution, alien infestations and over-exploitation, warns a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP. The worst impacts are concentrated in 10 to 15 percent of the oceans, a far greater area than previously believed. These locations…