Monthly Archives: October 2010

Pedal power gives UNE the edge

Pedal power gives UNE the edge

The University of New England, the major sponsor of this year’s Sustainable Living Expo (SLEX) held at the Armidale Creeklands, demonstrated its commitment to sustainable initiatives for students today when it unveiled new electric bikes that will be available to students in 2011. The “e-bikes” will offer an alternative mode of transport for students on […] … learn more→

LimeWire file-sharing service shut down by US court

LimeWire file-sharing service shut down by US court

Popular online file-sharing service LimeWire was shut down by a US federal court following a lawsuit filed by the music industry. The move came a little more than five months after a US judge ruled in favor of 13 music companies in a copyright infringement and unfair competition case brought against LimeWire. LimeWire.com featured a […] … learn more→

Software to combat hacking technique wins award

Software to combat hacking technique wins award

One of the serious threats to a user’s computer is a software program that might cause unwanted keystroke sequences to occur in order to hack someone’s identity. This form of an attack is increasing, infecting enterprise and personal computers, and caused by “organized malicious botnets,” said Daphne Yao, assistant professor of computer science at Virginia […] … learn more→

Key outcomes at U.N. talks to preserve nature

Key outcomes at U.N. talks to preserve nature

A U.N. meeting of nearly 200 countries agreed on Saturday new targets for 2020 to protect nature and a new global pact aimed at giving developing countries more share of profits made from their genetic resources. Delegates agreed to “take effective and urgent action to halt the loss of biodiversity in order to ensure that […] … learn more→

Environment Ministers face final decisions in intense negotiations at the ‘Convention on Biological Diversity’ conference.

It’s make or break time as Environment Ministers face final decisions in intense negotiations at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference. While wide differences need to be bridged there is positive progress towards a new biodiversity plan. “Countries have made some great strides on the biodiversity plan. We’re encouraged by support for a target […] … learn more→

As childhood hunger rates climb, school nutrition legislation remains for lame duck Congress

As childhood hunger rates climb, school nutrition legislation remains for lame duck Congress

The data is alarming. Last month, the US Census Bureau reported that the nation’s poverty rate jumped to 14.3% in 2009, its highest level since 1994. The 43.6 million Americans living under the poverty threshold is the highest number in 51 years of record-keeping. The jump, reported as part of a regular Census Bureau report […] … learn more→

Public outcry fells Russia auction for logging rights in key tiger habitats

Public outcry derailed an auction scheduled to be held earlier this week by the forestry administration of Primorsky Province in the Russian Far East that would have opened up critical Amur tiger habitats for logging. The Forest Management Department said that its director Pyotr Diuk departed Tuesday on holiday, and the commission responsible for conducting […] … learn more→

Costa Rica family vacations – Costa Rica rainforest tours

Costa Rica family vacations – Costa Rica rainforest tours

Planning to visit Costa Rica? Costa Rica family vacations can be turned into an adventure by visiting one of the country’s beautiful rainforests. Consider adding a tour to your travel package. … learn more→

Green Halloween tips: Tricks to make your Halloween a treat for mother nature

Green Halloween tips: Tricks to make your Halloween a treat for mother nature

Green Halloween Tip 1: Trick or treat with reusable bags When the little ghosts and goblins in your family go trick-or-treating this Halloween, make sure they carry reusable bags or containers that don’t need to be discarded after they are used. Cloth or canvas shopping bags, or even pillowcases, make terrific eco-friendly alternatives to paper […] … learn more→

Tropical frog shouts climate change from the mountaintops

Tropical frog shouts climate change from the mountaintops

Scientists studying disease and climate change as part of a special multidisciplinary team at Cornell University are heading to the mountains of Puerto Rico – hoping to learn what a struggling frog species can tell us about the danger changing weather patterns present to ecosystems around the globe. The frog species, known as the mountain […] … learn more→