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2005-08-27 09:02:52

BRASILIA, Brazil -- The destruction of the Amazon rain forest has slowed dramatically this year, the government said, but environmentalists said it was too soon to celebrate and urged caution with the statistics. Preliminary data indicate that 3,551 square miles of rain forest was destroyed between August 2004 and July 2005, the Environment Ministry said Friday. The figure was half the area the ministry initially said was razed the previous year - a total that was later revised upward to...

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2005-07-25 14:40:00

OTTAWA -- Greenpeace issued a fresh call on Monday to stop the practice of bottom-trawling, saying the international organizations that manage fish stocks were doing nothing to stop the destruction of ocean beds. The conservation group says trawlers hunting for fish such as the orange roughy let their nets drag along the seabed at depths of up to 2 km (1.2 miles), destroying everything in their wake. "We have documented an enormous range of the deep sea life that's coming up in these nets,...

2005-07-21 07:20:01

By Lorraine Orlandi PETATLAN, Mexico (Reuters) - Reyna Mojica saw her two boys shot to death just weeks ago, an attack she traces to a vendetta she says began in 1998 when her family helped block hundreds of logging trucks in Mexico's Sierra Madre. They call themselves the Peasant Ecologists of the Petatlan Sierra and their fight to save a swath of forest near the Pacific coast is among the world's most important struggles against deforestation, Greenpeace says. The peasants have largely...

2005-07-09 11:07:55

PARIS (Reuters) - The sabotage of the Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior 20 years ago was carried out with the "personal authorization" of France's late president Francois Mitterrand, documents showed on Saturday. Le Monde newspaper published extracts in its Saturday edition of a 1986 account written by Pierre Lacoste, the former head of France's DGSE foreign intelligence service, giving the clearest demonstration yet of Mitterrand's direct involvement in the sinking of the campaign...

2005-07-05 16:06:46

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain, where millions of holidaymakerswill flock this summer, is destroying its coastline byoverbuilding, environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday. Spain had taken no steps to stop the deterioration of itscoastline in recent years and done little to upgrade sanitationinfrastructure and water treatment on the coast to keep up withdevelopment needs, Greenpeace said. "Although the awareness of these problems has progressed,we note ... solutions have not been applied...

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2005-05-28 09:25:00

UNITED NATIONS -- Despite alarming global deforestation rates, estimated at approximately 9.4 million hectares per year, a UN conference on forest preservation ended with the conference chairman calling the event a "failure." "At the end, we didn't agree," said Colombian chairman Manuel Rodriguez Becerra. "It's a collective failure.... We were not able to agree in making decisions that are relevant for addressing the huge deforestation, the huge degradation of forests." The final resolution...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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