In short

Published: Monday 30 April 2007

>> A spider-like animal, the troglobite, has stopped a multi-billion-dollar iron ore mine in Australia. An environmental group has opposed the mine near Pannawonica in the Pilbara region saying that mining in the area will destroy the only-known home of the rare troglobites, which live in dark parts of caves and will go blind when exposed to sun.

>> After reviewing data from the energy major PacifiCorp, the California Energy Commission said that removing four of its hydel dams from the river Klamath would be more beneficial than originally projected (see 'Troubled waters', Down To Earth, April 15, 2007). In its supplementary report, the commission noted that it makes more economic sense to remove the dams and buy replacement power.

>> The US Southern Shrimp Alliance has proposed exemption of 410 shrimp producers and exporters from investigation related to an anti-dumping lawsuit. Indian agencies said that the country had succeeded in its protest against the anti-dumping taxation on shrimp products at the US Court of International Trade.

>> Nineteen Chinese nationals were arrested off Malaysia's eastern Sabah state with an illegal catch of more than 70 protected turtles, most of them dead. They were charged under Malaysia's Fisheries Act.

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