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South Africa: Working for Water programme gets cash injection

After a period of ten years, the Working for Water programme, which is the brainchild of the former minister of education as well as forestry and environmental affairs, Prof Kader Asmal, has taken a giant leap after the injection of R18.3m to the Northern Cape department of environmental affairs by the national government.

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Answer for Invasive Species: Eat Them!

With its dark red and black stripes, spotted fins and long venomous black spikes, the lionfish seems better suited for horror films than consumption. But lionfish fritters and filets may be on American tables soon. An invasive species, the lionfish is devastating reef fish populations along the Florida coast and into the Caribbean. Now, an […]

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Invasive Species: Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

A famous person once observed that the signature of a civilized mind is the ability to hold two seemingly contradictory ideas in one’s head at the same time. This is exactly what conservation must learn to do when it comes to introduced (or what we often call “non-native” or “invasive”) species. Conservation orthodoxy has it […]

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Mediterranean Sea Invaded by Hundreds of Alien Species

More than 900 new alien species have been encountered in the coastal environments of the eastern Mediterranean Sea in recent decades, including the poisonous pufferfish. The invasion of alien species has had the consequence that the whole food chain is changing, while there is a lack of knowledge on which to base relevant risk assessments, […]

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Tilapia Farming Abroad is an Environmental Nightmare

Some time ago John wrote about the environmental benefits and risks of a rise in tilapia farming. While their adaptability and relatively low position on the food chain suggested an advantage over other types of fish, there was also concern about tilapia as an invasive species. Anyone reading the New York times on Monday will […]

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Alien Giant Tortoise Helps Restore Ecosystem

Rather than wreaking havoc on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean — as alien species can sometimes do — a giant tortoise appears to be helping to restore the native ecosystem. Wildlife scientists introduced Aldabra giant tortoises — which can reach up to 661 pounds (300 kilograms) — to an island, called Ile aux […]

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Green Faith: Religions Celebrate Earth Day 22 April 2011

Earth Day 2011 will be observed April 22 in over 175 countries around the world. Individuals and communities will unite in service projects, conservation efforts, and public rallies to raise awareness and coalesce support for protecting our planet’s precious resources. Earth Day reminds us to all take personal responsibility for the preservation and renewal of […]

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Invasive Species, Assisted By Climate Change, A Growing Problem in Antarctica

It may be cold and inhospitable there on the world’s southernmost continent, but that hasn’t stopped a whole host of invasive species from settling there — a fact that has biologists quite concerned. As more and more researchers and tourists visit Antarctica, along with the shipments of food and equipment required to sustain them, they […]

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Kenyan Villagers Turn Invasive Water Hyacinth into Moneymaker

The rapid growth of invasive water hyacinths has taken a serious toll on Kenya’s Lake Victoria, creating inhospitable conditions for the fish local people depend on, while sheltering other unwelcome guests: disease-carrying snails and deadly snakes. But with a little help from a U.S.-based organization, villagers living near the lake are turning this environmental crisis […]

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