Swartz joins Great Ape Trust of Iowa
December 16, 2004 09:30 AM - Great Ape Trust of Iowa

An expert in the field of primate memory and learning has joined the scientific team at Great Ape Trust of Iowa. Dr. Karyl B. Swartz, former chair of the Department of Psychology at Lehman College of The City University of New York (CUNY), will serve as a resident scientist at the great ape research center in Des Moines. For three decades, Swartz has investigated the organization of memory, learning, attention and self-recognition in orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas and rhesus monkeys. Her early research efforts involved mother and infant recognition studies in non-human primates, which led to further scientific studies of primate cognition.

New California Energy Efficiency Standards will Save Consumers Money and Reduce Pollution, Says NRDC
December 15, 2004 06:04 PM - Natural Resources Defense Council

The California Energy Commission (CEC) today unanimously approved new appliance efficiency standards that will save energy, cut consumers' power bills and reduce air pollution. The standards will cover new products sold in California in 24 categories, including consumer electronics, swimming pool pumps and external power supplies. Upon full turnover of existing appliances, the standards will save more than 5,000 gigawatt/hours of energy per year, more than the amount of electricity used by all San Francisco residences.

Disruption of Wildlife Populations Forecast in Wildlife Society Report on Global Warming
December 15, 2004 05:56 PM - National Wildlife Federation

In the first comprehensive assessment of global warming's likely consequences for North American wildlife from the nation's leading group of wildlife professionals, comes a warning of possible major shifts in the ranges and the restructuring of entire plant and animal communities, and the disappearance of some forest types in the United States. The Wildlife Society report, Global Climate Change and Wildlife in North America, finds that "there is sufficient evidence to indicate that many species are already responding to warming, and that animals and plants are already exhibiting discernible range changes consistent with changing temperatures."

Salt-Water Minnow Research Helps Explain Human Cardiology Puzzle
December 15, 2004 05:54 PM - UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many cholesterol drugs or why one person responds better to one particular medication over another seemingly similar product, a new paper published in the December issue of Nature Genetics may take us closer to finding the answers to those questions.

The Future is Now: High-tech Farming to Predict Pests, Economic Impacts
December 15, 2004 09:09 AM - Pennsylvania IPM Program

The future of agriculture is becoming a reality, thanks to a Bellefonte, Pa. company and researchers at Penn State.

Oak Becomes America’s National Tree
December 14, 2004 10:32 AM - National Arbor Day Foundation

America has the grandest trees on earth—the largest, the oldest, and some of the most magnificent. Now, after Congressional passage of historic legislation in November and presidential signing on Dec. 8, America has an official National Tree—the oak.

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.

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