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  • Unlocking the water held by US forests not so easy, say experts

    Unlocking the water held by US forests not so easy, say experts

    Can forests, which process nearly two-thirds of the nation’s water supply, be managed to help slake our growing demand for water and avert the worst consequences of climate change? A new report from the National Research Council suggests a need for ...

  • US EPA chills progress towards regulating greenhouse gases

    US EPA chills progress towards regulating greenhouse gases

    The Bush administration has asked for public comment on a long list of options for controlling greenhouse gas emissions under existing federal law, but emphasized that it has no intention of pursuing any of them. The announcement confirms that ...

  • Papua New Guinea forests being cut and burned away

    Papua New Guinea forests being cut and burned away

    At the same time that the government of Papua New Guinea is seeking compensation for conserving the carbon-trapping capacity of its the world`s third largest expanse of tropical forests, destruction of these forests is occurring so fast that by 2021 ...

  • Mapping wildlife diseases may help prevent their spread

    Mapping wildlife diseases may help prevent their spread

    Tracking wildlife disease outbreaks around the world is now possible with another online map that shows where threats to the health of wild animals, domestic animals, and people are occurring. The Global Wildlife Disease News Map, developed ...

  • Plans in place to fix world food crisis in place by June, UN

    Plans in place to fix world food crisis in place by June, UN

    The United Nations aims to have a comprehensive plan to tackle the global food crisis in place by the beginning of June, `around which the institutions and leaders around the world can coalesce,` a top UN official said at a news conference here ...

  • US orders retailers to pull illegal pesticides

    US orders retailers to pull illegal pesticides

    For the safety of consumers, the US EPA has asked nine national retail chains to remove illegal, unregistered and misbranded pesticides distributed by Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. from their shelves. The federal agency ordered the Scotts companies early ...

  • Rockefeller and Bloomberg plant US$10m in MillionTreesNYC

    Rockefeller and Bloomberg plant US$10m in MillionTreesNYC

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg and David Rockefeller Tuesday announced a joint Earth Day pledge of $10 million to the MillionTreesNYC initiative to plant trees in public spaces, including New York Housing Authority developments and at city schools. ...

  • Russia plans timber tracking to control illegal logging

    Russia plans timber tracking to control illegal logging

    By 2011 there will be a unified information system in operation in Russia for controlling timber circulation that may help the government combat illegal logging, according to a report in `Russian Forestry Review` magazine. The new system was ...

  • Salmon population crash shuts down west coast fishery

    Salmon population crash shuts down west coast fishery

    The Pacific Fishery Management Council today closed the commercial and sport chinook fisheries off the coast of California and most of Oregon and will allow only a 9,000 fishery for hatchery coho only off of Central Oregon. The council adopted the ...

  • US farmworkers sue to block use of four toxic pesticides

    US farmworkers sue to block use of four toxic pesticides

    A coalition of farmworker advocates and environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Friday, seeking to force a halt to the use of four organophosphate pesticides. Some of these pesticides have been detected ...

  • Ecuador sues Colombia to stop anti-coca herbicide spray

    Ecuador sues Colombia to stop anti-coca herbicide spray

    The government of Ecuador this week filed suit at the International Court of Justice against the government of Colombia, in an effort to stop or restrict aerial anti-coca spraying that has allegedly sickened people on the Ecuadorean side ...

  • African Development Bank to fund $814m Congo forest conservation

    African Development Bank to fund $814m Congo forest conservation

    The African Development Bank Group is planning to invest US$814 million in biodiversity conservation and natural resources management in Central Africa`s Congo Basin, the group`s president announced today.  Bank Group President Donald Kaberuka made ...

  • Clean ethylene production method developed by US scientists

    Clean ethylene production method developed by US scientists

    A new method of making one of the world`s most commonly produced organic compounds, ethylene, is going to prevent millions of metric tons’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to federal government scientists. The technology created by ...

  • State of the world 2008: environmental woes sow seeds of sustainability

    State of the world 2008: environmental woes sow seeds of sustainability

    Concern about environmental degradation is beginning to impact the global economy, according to a new report by an international environmental research group. The Worldwatch Institute details a lengthy and distressing list of environmental ...

  • New Yorkers recycle Christmas trees into wood chip mulch

    New Yorkers recycle Christmas trees into wood chip mulch

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe today fed branches from the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center into a chipper, converting them to mulch. The officials crafted the occasion ...

  • U.S. Forest Service Plans to Lift Roadless Area Protections

    U.S. Forest Service Plans to Lift Roadless Area Protections

    DENVER, Colorado, December 31, 2007 (ENS) - The Bush administration intends to remove existing legal protections from over 4.4 million acres of roadless areas in the national forests of Colorado. The U.S. Forest Service formally announced Wednesday ...

  • Los Angeles port agrees to monitor greenhouse gases

    Los Angeles port agrees to monitor greenhouse gases

    The Los Angeles Harbor Commission on Thursday approved an agreement with the Port of Los Angeles to `identify and reduce` some of the greenhouse gases generated at the port at the same meeting that it approved a proposal to increase ship calls by 30 ...

  • Southeast Governors speed up water dispute resolution

    Southeast Governors speed up water dispute resolution

    The governors of Florida, Georgia and Alabama and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today agreed upon a revised schedule to address the short-term and long-term water supply needs of all three states. The agreement came during a ...

  • New York City to Cut Greenhouse Gases 30% by 2030

    New York City to Cut Greenhouse Gases 30% by 2030

    New York City Council today unanimously passed legislation to require the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the five boroughs. The Climate Protection Act is intended to strengthen PlaNYC 2030, Mayor Michael Bloomberg`s plan to green ...

  • Arizona Starts to Cut Greenhouse Gases From Vehicles

    Arizona Starts to Cut Greenhouse Gases From Vehicles

    In the 10 years from 1990 to 2005, greenhouse gas emissions in Arizona grew by 56 percent, the fastest rate of growth of any state in the country. In an attempt to limit this growth, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has begun its ...