On Energy-Saving Standards, States Lead, DOE Lags
December 20, 2004 11:21 AM - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

A coalition group today praised the states of California and New Jersey for advancing new energy-saving appliance standards this week. Meanwhile, in Washington, U.S. DOE announced yet another round of delays for new national standards for natural gas furnaces and other products.

Trade Measures Can Improve the Climate
December 20, 2004 11:17 AM - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO)

Using trade measures against countries that do not comply with or do not participate in the Kyoto Protocol can make the climate regime more robust. "It appears, though, that the link between trade and climate is a bigger issue in the World Trade Organization than it is in the UNFCCC," says political scientist Olav Schram Stokke at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute.

Marine Biotechnology Product Offers Promise as Cystic Fibrosis Treatment
December 20, 2004 11:15 AM - University of North Carolina Wilmington

Researchers working with Florida red tide toxin at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science have discovered two new compounds that may treat mucus build-up associated with cystic fibrosis and similar lung diseases. Preliminary studies show these compounds improve the flow of mucus through the respiratory tract, allowing airways to clear more quickly and efficiently.

Fishing Gear a Death Trap for Sea Turtles
December 21, 2004 02:19 PM - Sea Turtle Restoration Project

New fishery observer data has shown that every endangered olive ridley sea turtle caught by the Hawaiian longline tuna fleet was killed. Additionally, because the fishery has exceeded its annual legal allowable catch and kill limits of threatened olive ridley sea turtles, environmentalists are urging the closure of the fishery and a more comprehensive solution to protect marine life which includes a United Nations Pacific-wide moratorium on industrial longline fishing.

Latest Census Finds More American Pika Populations Disappear as Climate Warms
December 17, 2004 06:38 PM - WWF-US

WWF-funded research by Dr. Erik Beever of the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that American pika populations in the Great Basin region are continuing to disappear as the Earth's climate warms.

WRI Briefing to Focus on Critical Environmental Issues for 2005
December 17, 2004 09:12 AM - The World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute (WRI) will hold a briefing on critical environmental issues and trends journalists should be on the look out for in 2005.

WRI Unveils New Greenhouse Gas Data and Analysis Tools
December 16, 2004 03:05 PM - World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute unveiled an expanded and more robust set of tools which provides decision-makers with a comprehensive, easy-to-use platform for obtaining information and conducting analyses on climate change.

Catastrophic Flooding from Ancient Lake May Have Triggered Cold Period
December 16, 2004 02:48 PM - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Imagine a lake three times the size of the present-day Lake Ontario breaking through a dam and flooding down the Hudson River Valley past New York City and into the North Atlantic. The results would be catastrophic if it happened today, but it did happen some 13,400 years ago during the retreat of glaciers over North America and may have triggered a brief cooling known as the Intra-Allerod Cold Period.

Final Days: Leavitt Signs Sharp Increase In Unhealthy Pesticide
December 16, 2004 02:47 PM - Natural Resources Defense Council

Outgoing Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Leavitt will release regulations today allowing a 2 million pound increase in 2005 in the use of methyl bromide, an ozone-depleting and cancer-causing farm chemical, in violation of both an international treaty and the Clean Air Act. This new action follows several other decisions by the Bush administration to allow more use of the pesticide.

WWF Calls for Risk Assessment, Greater Protections as Bering Sea Disaster Grows
December 16, 2004 02:46 PM - WWF-US

World Wildlife Fund today called on federal and Alaskan officials to follow up the Selendang Ayu wreck and fuel spill with a risk assessment of shipping routes in the Bering Sea, including the Great Circle Route, along which the spill took place. It is the primary shipping route between the west coast of North America and Asia. Among other things, the assessment should consider additional capacity for safety and habitat protection, and lead to the designation of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas around ecologically important areas in the Bering Sea, which would require shippers to take special precautions.

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