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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 ...

  • Paper company AbitibiBowater stops logging at Grassy Narrows First Nation

    Paper company AbitibiBowater stops logging at Grassy Narrows First Nation

    The giant paper and forest products company AbitibiBowater has decided to `temporarily` stop logging on the traditional territory of the Grassy Narrows First Nation. The decision comes after decades of lawsuits and peaceful protests by the ...

  • 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 ...

  • Genetic pesticide for termites developed in Florida

    Genetic pesticide for termites developed in Florida

    A pesticide that attacks termites through their genes has been developed in a lab at the University of Florida`s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Termites are wood-destroying insects most commonly found in the South but increasingly ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Encyclopedia of Life - all 1.8m pages of it! -  to be completed in 2017

    Encyclopedia of Life - all 1.8m pages of it! - to be completed in 2017

    The initial 30,000 pages of a new online Encyclopedia of Life were revealed on Tuesday as scientists assembled for the Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference in Monterey, California, where the project was initiated last year. ...

  • Dust in the western US five times what it was 200 years ago

    Dust in the western US five times what it was 200 years ago

    The Western United States has become 500 percent dustier in the past two centuries due to westward expansion and accompanying human activity beginning in the 1800s, according to a new study by scientists at four U.S. universities and two federal ...

  • 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 ...

  • World`s environment ministers meet to mobilize global green economy

    World`s environment ministers meet to mobilize global green economy

    A green economy is emerging worldwide as growing numbers of companies embrace environmental policies and investors pump hundreds of billions into clean technology and renewable energies, finds the 2008 United Nations Environment Programme Year ...

  • EPA nixes pumping Mississsippi wetlands dry for agriculture

    EPA nixes pumping Mississsippi wetlands dry for agriculture

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to veto a $220 million Army Corps of Engineers flood-control project in the Mississippi Delta known as Yazoo Pump that environmentalists have long opposed for its adverse impact on wildlife and ...

  • Plastic bag recycling coming to Big Apple stores

    Plastic bag recycling coming to Big Apple stores

    New York City Council Wednesday passed new legislation that would encourage recycling of single-use plastic bags at large supermarkets and other retail outlets throughout the city. The legislation, sponsored by City Council Speaker Christine ...

  • 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 ...