Eye on Earth

WHO Analyzes Countries' Environmental Health Problems
Thirteen million deaths could be prevented worldwide each year by improving the health of the environment, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Europe’s Use of Biofuels Nearly Doubles
Consumption of biodiesel, ethanol, and other biofuels accounted for 1.8 percent of the European Union’s transportation energy in 2006, up from just 1 percent in 2005, according to the most recent Biofuels Barometer, a publication supported by the European Commission.

Inequality Gap Grows in Asia, United States
In a new study, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports that the gap between the rich and poor in many Asian countries, particularly China, has grown significantly in recent decades as economies have boomed.

Pygmy Elephants Threatened by Logging, Oil Palm Plantations
Encroaching plantations and rampant logging are threatening populations of the pygmy elephant, a species unique to the dense tropical forests of Malaysian Borneo.

São Paulo Bans Outdoor Ads in Fight Against Pollution
In January, the city of São Paulo, Brazil, enacted a ban on virtually all outdoor advertising. Billboards, neon signs, and even buses and taxis have been wiped clean of advertisements in the municipality, the world’s fourth largest.

Companies Commit to Reducing Climate Risks
More than 150 companies from around the world signed a declaration to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva on July 5 and 6.

Sudanese Wildlife Migration Defies Odds, Rivals Serengeti
Despite 25 years of ongoing civil war, significant wildlife populations have survived and flourished in southern Sudan, according to a recent aerial survey of the area conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the regional government.

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