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2010-06-26 06:30:00

According to a new study, whalewatching revenue topped $2 billion in 2009 and is set to grow 10 percent this year. The researchers said that the findings boost arguments that whales are worth more alive than dead. They also coincide with a decision by the 88-nation International Whaling Commission (IWC) to move forward with a "five year strategic plan" exploring the economic benefits and ecological risks of whalewatching. The study found that about 13 million eco-tourists in 2009 paid to...

2010-06-17 11:45:00

FCC uses open meeting to announce new NOI for re-classifying the Internet as a public utility WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Phil Kerpen, vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity (AFP), released the following statement in response to the Notice of Inquiry announcement today by the Federal Communications Commission: "Today marks a troubling and dangerous step forward in the Federal Communications Commission's ongoing effort to take over the internet. The FCC's...

2010-05-25 06:15:00

Yahoo Inc. and Nokia Oyj announced a partnership on Monday in which the two firms will work together to enhance their mobile Internet offerings. The move could help the tech giants regain lost market share from rivals such as Apple Inc. and Google Inc. Beginning later this year, Nokia will supply maps and navigation services for Yahoo, while Yahoo will provide email and chat services to the world's leading mobile phone maker. Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Nokia CEO Oli-Pekka Kallasvuo said the...

2010-05-11 06:30:00

New TV ads and website aim to highlight adverse effects of government regulation of broadband WASHINGTON, May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans for Prosperity (AFP) announced today a $1.4 million advertising blitz to educate consumers on the harms of looming Internet regulations at the Federal Communications Commission. The effort, hosted on AFP's new website NoInternetTakeover.com, comes in the wake of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to circumvent the clear decision of...

2010-05-07 07:40:00

A half-century after the introduction of birth control in the United States, millions of women are still being preached to by the Roman Catholic hierarchy to abstain from using the pill. Although the orders are still being made to this day, it is obvious that woman stopped listening long ago. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 98 percent of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 have used some form of contraception and more than 44 million...

2010-04-21 11:10:00

A World Wildlife Fund (WWF) camera trap has reportedly caught a picture of a rare Borneo rhino, according to an April 21 article by the AFP news agency. The report notes that the rhino is believed to be a pregnant female under 20 years of age. "The size (of the rhino) is quite extraordinary," WWF official Raymond Alfred told the Associated Press (AP) on Wednesday, adding that the organization believes the female is with child because of "on the shape and the size of the body and stomach." If...

2010-04-06 06:15:00

Countries are gathering this week to restore faith in the U.N. process for combating climate change after the bitter memories of the Copenhagen summit. Negotiators plan to meet in Bonn from Friday to Sunday for the first official talks under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since the Copenhagen summit. Their first task will be to see what place climate change now has on the world political agenda. Disappointment or disillusion swept many capitals when 120 heads of...

2010-01-30 13:39:32

Apple's newest creation, the iPad, is getting slammed by fans and critics over its name, but technology analysts are brushing off the ridicule and focusing on the product's key feature: a speedy new microprocessor. Apple chief executive Steve Jobs gave high praise to the new device, calling it "revolutionary." However, by Friday, talk of the iPad's strengths and weaknesses was overshadowed by an outpouring of negativity over the suggestive name more fitting of a feminine hygiene product....

2010-01-18 17:03:58

The chances of passing meaningful legislation dealing with the issue of global climate change are slim amid the current U.S. economic downturn and looming midterm congressional elections, experts say. Last month's U.N. climate change summit in Denmark concluded with a final, non-binding agreement to limit warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (two degrees Celsius).  But the agreement has been widely criticized for its failure to require nations to implement firm reductions in greenhouse...

2009-11-01 06:50:00

Next year is the "ËœYear of the Tiger' according to the Chinese calendar, but conservationists say signs are ominous for the endangered animal. They worry the Chinese zodiac may actually speed the tigers' demise, with demand for its skin and body parts enticing poachers to hunt the few tigers that remain in the wild. "The Year of the Tiger will put more pressure on wild tigers," Michael Baltzer, head of the WWF Tiger Initiative, told the AFP news agency. "The use of tiger parts in...

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  • Good cheer; viands.
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