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Official efforts to protect China's environment have had some success, although severe problems remain and some are still worsening.
The rapid growth of Chinaâ€™s industrial and transportation infrastructure is helping to establish non-native species throughout that country and â€œsetting the stage for potentially rampant environmental damage,â€ according to an article in the April 2008 issue of BioScience.
Researchers have discovered amphibian species at an accelerating rate in recent decades, with over 1,000 new ones recognized between 1992 and 2003. At the same time, amphibians are, for reasons not entirely clear, declining more rapidly than either mammals or birds, underscoring the importance of an accurate evaluation.
Study using 'ecological footprint' accounting indicates environmental impacts of fuel ethanol outweigh benefits.
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