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from Environment Forum:

Palin strikes back on wolf allegations

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Sarah Palin has struck back at Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, which is running a video accusing the Alaska governor of planning to expand the aerial hunting of wolves in her state.

The graphic video, part of the group's "Eye on Palin" campaign, is narrated by Hollywood star Ashley Judd and has generated a lot of media attention this week.

Here is the full text of Palin's brief statement, which was released late on Tuesday:

It is reprehensible and hypocritical that the Defenders of Wildlife would use Alaska and my administration as a fundraising tool to deceive Americans into parting with their hard-earned money."

from Environment Forum:

Judd versus Palin on wolves

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Sarah Palin still has environmentalists howling.

The Alaska governor and former Republican vice presidential hopeful is the target of a campaign by the Washington-based Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund which claims she is pushing for an expanded program for the shooting of wolves from the sky.

In a graphic video narrated by Hollywood star Ashley Judd, the group claims Palin even offered a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf collected. You can view the video here.

from Environment Forum:

Environment falls as priority for Americans – Pew

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2009 may not be such a green year in America after all.

According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, environmental protection has fallen off sharply as a priority issue among Americans. You can see the whole survey here.

"Of the 20 issues people were asked to rate in both January 2008 and January 2009, five have slipped significantly in importance as attention to the economy has surged. Protecting the environment fell the most precipitously – just 41 percent rate this as a top priority today, down from 56 percent a year ago," Pew said.

from Environment Forum:

Good news for South American penguins

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Half a million Magellanic penguins are among the critters to get protection in a new coastal marine park just established by Argentina.

"It is the first protected area in Argentina specifically designed to safeguard not only onshore breeding colonies but also areas of ocean where wildlife feed at sea," the Bronx-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said on Tuesday.

from Environment Forum:

Antarctica warms; scientists say we’re to blame

New research shows that both Antarctica and the Arctic are getting less icy -- and the best explanation is mankind's emissions of greenhouse gases.

But will that convert anyone who doubts that global warming is caused by human activities, led by burning fossil fuels?

from Africa News blog:

Saving Kenyan forest. Is it a turning point?

mau-forest3.jpgAfter a decade of rampant destruction of the Mau forest water catchment in western Kenya, the country's coalition government seems firmly united in trying to save the complex before more serious damage is inflicted on the economy.

U.N. officials say this is no longer simply an environmental issue but something that has huge importance for the whole country. Already two of the top three foreign exchange earners -- tourism and tea -- are feeling the impact of falling water levels which have also forced the postponement of a major hydro-electric project. 

from Africa News blog:

Birds and biofuels at odds in Kenya

tana-demonstration.jpgThe road to Kenya's Tana River Delta from the Indian Ocean resort of Malindi is a lonely stretch of tarmac punctuated only by road blocks manned by armed police.

Few people from the outside world come this way.

Most foreign and local holidaymakers heading for the popular Lamu Islands prefer to fly rather than use the road.

from Environment Forum:

Good news on the Texas turtle front

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There are two turtle tales brewing on the coast of Texas at the moment and they're both good.

First the numbers tale. 

The dedicated folks at the South Padre Island conservation facility Sea Turtle, Inc, report record numbers of nests by endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles.

from Environment Forum:

Carbon credits to rescue a Madagascar forest?

lemur1.jpgCan credits traded in the world's financial centers stop local farmers in Madagascar from burning up a rain forest filled with lemurs and other life found nowhere else in the world?    

The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society is working with the government of Madagascar to sell about 9.5 million tonnes of carbon credits to help save the Makira Forest, which contains 22 species of lemurs, hundreds of bird species and thousands of plants. Many of those species are found nowhere else on the planet. 

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