UN Proposed Fishing Limits Welcomed
December 23, 2004 01:14 PM - The Sea Turtle Restoration Project

New proposed guidelines issued today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have repeated the recommendation of an earlier panel of experts that immediate attention be given to the plight of critically endangered Pacific leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. Specifically, the report recommended that fisheries posing the greatest threats should be subjected to “temporary and spatially-limited controls.” Environmentalists are welcoming the recommendation to limit fishing in certain areas, and are urging the UN to specifically identify and take action on some of the hot spots of turtle-fishing interaction.

New Forest Rule Allows More Industrial Activity, Threatens Wildlife, Says NRDC
December 23, 2004 01:13 PM - Natural Resources Defense Council

Today's Bush administration changes to the rule governing national forest management plans would undermine wildlife protection and exclude the public, other agencies and independent scientists from forest management planning, according to NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). The rule would open up public lands — including old growth forests, roadless areas and sensitive wildlife habitats — to industry to log, drill and build roads.

In the Winter 2005 issue of OnEarth: Stuck In Reverse — Despite its Bold Talk of a Green Future, Detroit Can’t Seem to Mend its Gas-Guzzling Ways.
December 22, 2004 02:25 PM - Natural Resources Defense Council

Open any newspaper these days and you’re likely to see full-page ads from General Motors, touting its commitment to clean cars and magic buses. The hydrogen future, it would seem, is just around the corner. Why is it, then, that today’s American car fleet remains less fuel-efficient than the Model T Ford, with dire consequences for our national security, global climate, and American jobs? Americans now consume a quarter of the world’s oil, 40 percent of which is burned in passenger vehicles. Even Detroit’s top engineers recognize that cars cannot continue down this road forever, yet consider this: Whereas the Model T got 25 miles to a gallon of gas, in 2002 Ford’s cars averaged just 24.3 miles per gallon.

World Population Grew By 76 Million People in 2004: 3 Million Added in the Industrial World and 73 Million in the Developing World
December 22, 2004 02:15 PM - Earth Policy Institute

During 2004, 133 million people were born and 57 million died, expanding world population by 76 million. This excess of births over deaths was concentrated in the developing countries, which added 73 million people compared with only 3 million in the industrial countries. World population, growing by 1.2 percent annually, is projected to reach 6.4 billion in 2005.

Landfill - Source or 'Sink' of Greenhouse Gases?
December 22, 2004 09:20 AM - Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Accounting

Research findings presented by two researchers from the CRC for Greenhouse Accounting to the 3rd Intercontinental Landfill Research Symposium in Japan suggest that wood products in landfill may be a significant "sink" in Australia and some other countries.

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.

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