January 13, 2007

European Union to Include Airlines in Pollution Allowances Trading Program

Airlines that fly within the European Union will have to trade pollution
allowances beginning in 2011, which could see travellers paying more for
European diving holidays. Expanded rules covering all airlines that fly into
the EU will take effect the next year, a move that would hit U.S. airlines
on their lucrative trans-Atlantic routes. European airlines are generally in
favor of the plan, since EU officials had warned them that refusing to back
an emissions trading program would result in an aviation tax.

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January 12, 2007

Octopus Study Shows Way to Save Fish Stocks

Protecting marine areas for even relatively brief periods can significantly
restore depleted fish stocks, scientists have said, citing a study of
octopus catches in Madagascar. The researchers found that after an area off
the coast of the Indian Ocean island nation was closed to fishermen for
seven months, the number of octopus caught later rose 13 times while the
total weight of the octopus catch jumped 25 times. Experts say nearly 75
percent of fish stocks, from tuna to cod, are caught faster than they can
breed as more and more people depend on them for food and livelihoods.

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