Florida Fisherman, Indian Farmer Named As Co-Winners of This Year's Getty Conservation Prize
December 22, 2004 09:19 AM - WWF-US

A lobster fisherman from Marathon, Florida and a tiger conservationist and farmer from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, are this year's co-winners of the prestigious J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize, the World Wildlife Fund announced today.

U.S. Green Building Council Issues Draft Report On PVC
December 22, 2004 09:18 AM - U.S. Green Building Council

Zogby: No Mandate for Arctic Refuge Drilling
December 22, 2004 09:16 AM - National Wildlife Federation

A Zogby poll released today finds that a majority of Americans oppose drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and “undermines any contention that the election outcome represented a mandate to drill in the Refuge,” said Larry Schweiger, National Wildlife Federation president.

Hurricanes Bring Temporary Relief to Florida Reefs Smothered by Invasive Seaweed
December 21, 2004 06:54 PM - Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution

In August, Harbor Branch scientists began a new survey of Florida coral reefs expecting to document the devastating spread of harmful seaweed that has been progressing now for several years, but hurricane havoc has instead led the team to a surprising find. With their first survey nearly completed, it appears all reefs in the path of hurricanes Frances and Jeanne have been largely scoured free of the menacing seaweed, and many have also been buried in sand. Seaweed overgrowth problems are likely to return, however, and could even be exacerbated by the storms' temporary removal. Further south, on reefs beyond the brunt of the storms, the team has found alarming concentrations of a cyanobacterium similar to algae killing corals and other reef organisms.

Flexible Climate Agreements after 2012
December 21, 2004 02:23 PM - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO)

Now that it seems like the Kyoto Protocol will enter into force, it is time to look into building more comprehensive agreements when the Kyoto period runs out in 2012. Broad participation and comprehensive reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases can only be achieved through a flexible approach.

EERC To Test New Mercury Control Technologies
December 21, 2004 02:22 PM - Energy & Environmental Research Center

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota announces its participation in a consortium-based project to test the most promising new mercury control technologies for utilities that burn lignite coal.

WHOI Director Appointed to U.S. Commission to UNESCO
December 20, 2004 04:53 PM - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) President and Director Robert Gagosian has been appointed to the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

New Coordinator Continues Partnership for Pennsylvania IPM Program
December 20, 2004 04:52 PM - Pennsylvania IPM Program

Cathy Thomas, a biocontrol specialist for the Pennsylvania IPM Program, was recently named as the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's IPM coordinator for the statewide program. Ed Rajotte continues to fill the role of Penn State's IPM coordinator in a partnership between the agency and university that is the Pennsylvania IPM Program (PA IPM).

For a Better New Year: An Ecological Psychology Tool Helps Us Meet Our Most Urgent Goals
December 20, 2004 04:51 PM - Project NatureConnect, Institute of Global Education

A new on line article suggests that the environmental movement and green politics are not as successful as they could be because, being in denial, they don't help us meet urgent needs (1).

Swordfish Dropped From Another Major Restaurant Chain Menu
December 20, 2004 04:49 PM - Sea Turtle Restoration Project

In another victory for public health, Morton's Steakhouse of New York has removed swordfish from its menu. Morton's move marks the second major American restaurant chain to remove swordfish from its menu in just over a year. In the Fall of 2003, Red Lobster removed swordfish from its menu as a result of a national campaign calling for its removal due to high levels of mercury.

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