EPA Awards Pennsylvania IPM Program
December 14, 2004 10:31 AM - Pennsylvania IPM Program

Two education projects that are working to reduce the use of pesticides in schools and urban communities in Philadelphia were recently awarded grants from the EPA.

Historic Duck Farm Protected as Park (CA)
December 13, 2004 05:30 PM - Trust for Public Land (TPL)

The Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) announces the purchase and public protection of a 57-acre historic Duck Farm at the confluence of San Jose Creek and the San Gabriel River. The former Woodland Farms property fronts nearly two miles of a natural bottom reach of the San Gabriel River. The WCA is a joint powers agency of the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) and Los Angeles County Public Works. When the WCA fully develops the site as a park, the property will incorporate habitat creation, trails, water quality and conservation elements and passive recreation within the property. It will also serve as a local trailhead for an over 30-mile bike and equestrian path that stretches from the Angeles National Forest to the Pacific Ocean.

UNEP Warns of Environmental Risks from Floods and Industrial Pollution in Tisza River Basin
December 13, 2004 11:36 AM - UN Environment Programme

Almost five years after a cyanide spill from a gold mine in northern Romania travelled down the Tisza river in Hungary, leaving a trail of ecological destruction in its wake, local communities in the region remain at risk from floods and industrial pollution.

Stewing in Filth: EPA to Reverse Sewage Standard, Allow Massive Dumping
December 10, 2004 09:14 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council

Millions of Americans will face an increased threat of bacteria, viruses and parasites in their water thanks to a new federal policy allowing sewer operators to dump inadequately treated sewage into the nation's waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency's new plan, which reverses a current rule requiring sewer operators to fully treat their waste in all but the most extreme circumstances, will allow operators to routinely dump sewage anytime it rains. The EPA is expected to issue the policy sometime in the next few weeks.

Stewing in Filth: EPA to Reverse Sewage Standard, Allow Massive Dumping
December 10, 2004 09:13 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council

Millions of Americans will face an increased threat of bacteria, viruses and parasites in their water thanks to a new federal policy allowing sewer operators to dump inadequately treated sewage into the nation's waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency's new plan, which reverses a current rule requiring sewer operators to fully treat their waste in all but the most extreme circumstances, will allow operators to routinely dump sewage anytime it rains. The EPA is expected to issue the policy sometime in the next few weeks.

Peace-Loving Primates' Population Plummets - Only Female-Led Primate Species, Bonobos Under Siege from Poachers
December 9, 2004 08:42 PM - WWF-US

Washington - Bonobos, or pygmy chimpanzees, arguably our closest relative, may have been hunted so extensively that the survival of the species is at risk, World Wildlife Fund warns.

Commentary: Climate Measures are Not Bad Investments
December 9, 2004 09:32 AM - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO)

Danish professor Bjørn Lomborg has convinced distinguished economists to rank a number of measures to meet the world's great challenges, particularly with respect to developing countries.

Congress Approves Funding for HI Ntl. Park Expansion
December 9, 2004 09:31 AM - The Trust For Public Land

The Trust For Public Land (TPL) today praised Hawai”i’s congressional delegation for securing $4.6 million in federal funding for an important addition to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island of Hawai”i. The funding will be used to protect and expand the Park by acquiring the ancient Ki”ilae Fishing Village land, a historically rich 238-acre parcel adjacent to the Park that had been slated for development of residential homes.

Jean-Michel Cousteau, C.O.F. Announce Plans to Restore “Calypso”
December 8, 2004 03:42 PM - Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau, the eldest son of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and a member of the Board of Directors of Campagnes Oceanographiques Francaisos (C.O.F., a French nonprofit corporation), announced today an agreement in principle to move the ship “Calypso” to the south of France where it will be restored and exhibited as part of an educational center. Jean-Michel Cousteau is the president of Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit corporation with offices in North America and Europe.

Repackaging Pesticides Safely and Legally
December 8, 2004 03:41 PM - Pennsylvania IPM Program

Although transferring pesticides from one container to another may be tempting, doing so could be illegal, according to the Director of the Pesticide Education Program at Penn State.

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