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Science and Environment

Rena Fulgencio, editors

 

Eradicating poverty, stabilizing population: Global priorities

The 21st century began on an inspiring note when the countries that belong to the United Nations adopted the goal of cutting the number of people living in poverty in half by 2015. And as of 2005, the world is ahead of schedule for reaching this goal. Two big reasons are China and India. China’s economic growth of 9 percent a year over the last quarter-century and India’s acceleration to close to 6 percent a year over the last decade are together lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty. [More]

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Earth Talk:
Drift netting strip mines the oceans

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that some commercial fishing nets are 40 miles long? I heard a TV commentator accuse fishing fleets of “strip-mining the oceans.” If their nets are really that large, it certainly sounds like that’s what is happening!

— B. Johnson, Port Chester, NY [More]


A Striped Dolphin caught in a driftnet in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean.

Getty Images photo courtesy EarthTalk

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Aloha from OI:
Micronutrient content in aquatic feeds examined

Nutrients, substances that are used by an organism’s metabolism, can be classified into macronutrients and micronutrients. [More]


Lytha Conquest and Dr. Zhi Yong Ju.

Courtesy OI

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