$2.7M from Santa Fe Southern Railway for Railyard Park and Plaza
January 14, 2005 10:00 AM - Trust for Public Land (TPL)

Santa Fe Southern Railway, Inc. (SFSR) announced today a donation of $2.7 million to the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to help create a community park and plaza on the Santa Fe Railyard in downtown Santa Fe. The $2.7 million donation will allow for Railyard Park and Plaza design work to continue and for the first phases of construction to begin. This substantial gift moves the Trust for Public Land one step closer to the greater fundraising goal for the project.

IFAW Rescues and Rehabilitates Hundreds of Animals Affected by Major Oil Spill in Veracruz, Mexico
January 14, 2005 09:58 AM - International Fund for Animal Welfare

A team of wildlife experts from IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) are currently rescuing and rehabilitating animals affected by a major oil spill near Veracruz Mexico. The spill occurred on December 22 after an explosion at a pumping station spilled approximately five thousand barrels of oil into the Coatzacoalcos River causing widespread damage to marine habitat and wildlife.

Crop Scouting Program a Success
January 14, 2005 09:55 AM - Pennsylvania IPM Program

Vegetable growers in northeastern Pennsylvania had higher yields and better quality crops last summer, thanks to a Penn State Cooperative Extension scouting program.<

Major Caribbean Earthquakes and Tsunamis a Real Risk
January 13, 2005 09:52 AM - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

A dozen major earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have occurred in the Caribbean near Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, in the past 500 years, and several have generated tsunamis. The most recent major earthquake, a magnitude 8.1 in 1946, resulted in a tsunami that killed a reported 1,600 people.

Internet-Based IPM reports Benefit Green Industry Growers
January 13, 2005 09:51 AM - Pennsylvania IPM Program

Growers of woody ornamentals in southwestern Pennsylvania were better able to keep on top of their pest problems last year, thanks to a Penn State Cooperative Extension IPM scouting program.

Don’t Blame Canada: Mad Cow Comes from Factory Farms
January 13, 2005 09:50 AM - GRACE (Global Resource Action Center for the Environment)

After a THIRD confirmed case of mad cow disease in Canada, American consumers worry that opening markets to Canadian beef may risk contaminating the U.S. food supply. The best solution for families concerned about mad cow disease is to buy meat from traditional family farmers who raise cows on natural feed.

States Leading the Way with New Energy-Saving Standards
January 13, 2005 09:48 AM - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

From light bulbs to ice-makers to "energy vampires," new state-level appliance energy efficiency standards could save consumers and businesses billions of dollars, improve electric system reliability, cut pollution, and ease pressure on high energy prices, according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP).

Svalbard's Marine Mammals in a Warmer, Wetter, Wilder Arctic
January 13, 2005 09:47 AM - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO)

The climate of the Arctic is changing, and it is expected that this change will continue to take place in the coming decades at an increasing rate.

Eco-Certification can be a Valuable Complement to Conservation Efforts
January 12, 2005 09:05 AM - Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

This month, the world’s largest whitefish fishery, the pollock fishery in the eastern Bering Sea, enters its fifth year of involvement with the international Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) seafood certification and eco-labeling program. It was in January 2001 that the At-sea Processors Association (APA) voluntarily applied to have the fishery measured against the MSC’s strict environmental standard by a team of independent experts. The team would determine whether the fishery should be certified as “sustainable and well-managed” making its products eligible to carry a globally recognized eco-label assuring buyers it is from a responsibly-managed source.

ACEEE Will Advise Senate Energy Committee on Critical Role of Energy
January 12, 2005 08:59 AM - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will present recommendations on the critical role that energy efficiency should play in natural gas policy at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee natural gas policy conference to be held on January 24.

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