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Alaska drilling, Medicinal plants, Ivory and Timber Ships

Date : 26th Feb 2002, Source : ENN

FACING ENERGY BATTLE, BUSH PUSHES ALASKA DRILLING

Calling fuel cells and hybrid cars "the wave of the future" but not the only solution to dependence on foreign oil, President Bush Monday urged drilling in a pristine Alaskan wildlife refuge. With three gleaming U.S.-made, energy-saving experimental vehicles none of which is available to consumers parked behind him at the White House diplomatic entrance, Bush focused on his commitment to conservation rather than his controversial plan to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

Source: Reuters


BRAZIL STARTS MAPPING MEDICINAL PLANT POTENTIAL

Brazil, home to the most bio-diverse ecosystem in the world, recently set out to map the huge untapped potential of its medicinal plant species, hoping to discover the herbal remedies before pirates do. With a possible cure for cancer or AIDS hidden among the foliage of the Amazon jungle or submerged by wetlands, Brazil's IBAMA environmental agency said it has created the country's first ever database and research center into medicinal plants.

Source: Reuters


TOURIST LUST FOR IVORY WIPING OUT ASIAN ELEPHANTS

Asia's wild elephants are being wiped out by the demand for ivory trinkets from wealthy tourists, a report published Monday said. The coauthor of a report sponsored by the Save the Elephants charity said Vietnam only had about 85 wild elephants left and blamed the ivory purchases of French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, and Chinese tourists for the disappearance of thousands across Asia over the last two decades.

Source: Reuters


GREENPEACE BLOCKS TIMBER SHIP FROM FRENCH PORT

Environmental activists blocked a ship carrying African wood from docking at a French port Monday in protest of what they called illegal and destructive rain forest timber logging practices. Some 20 people from environmental group Greenpeace tried to prevent the Aja Irene from unloading its cargo of tropical wood from Liberia at the Mediterranean port of Sete, said Tim Birch, an activist with the organization.

Source: Reuters



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