The campaign against logging of hardwood trees in Tasmania, Australia, continues unabated (see: At Loggers' Heads, Down To Earth, December 31, 2003) On February 15, seven Greenpeace activists were arrested in eastern Tasmania after they scaled a 30-metre loading gantry at Tribunna Dock to prevent the loading of woodchips onto a ship bound for Japan.
Even as news has trickled in that the bird flu virus has now affected cats and a white tiger in Thailand, the spin on avian flu continues (see: Flu good?, Down To Earth, February 29, 2004). On February 15, people visiting Anson Market in Penang, Malaysia were treated to free roast chicken. Jointly organised by Komtar MCA election committee and the market's traders association, the effort was the first -- among many to be similarly initiated in other markets on the island -- to allay fears caused by avian flu.
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