Coral Reef Vacations May Become a Thing of the Past
December 7, 2004 09:02 AM - WWF-US

Finding Nemo may be more of a challenge as tropical coral reefs fight to survive assaults by their most formidable foes: humans. According to a major report released today, the Status of Coral Reefs of the World 2004, pressures on reefs from natural predators appear to have stabilized, but human encroachments have escalated, vividly degrading ocean floor topography around the world.

2nd Announcement: MAP SEEKS TO MATCH A $5000 GRANT
December 6, 2004 10:14 AM - Mangrove Action Project

You can help MAP match a $5,000 grant from two long time supporters. If you donate now to MAP at the value of your contribution will be matched till we reach our goal of $10,000!

Free Export Consulting Program Launched for California Organic Companies
December 6, 2004 09:54 AM - California Certified Organic Farmers

The Certified Organic Product Export Strategy - California (COPES) ( ), an innovative export marketing initiative for California's organic industry, is now providing free trade promotion and organic regulatory consulting to California based organic growers, processors, and shippers. These new free one-on-one consulting services are offered as part of CCOF's (California Certified Organic Farmers) successful COPES program. Services offered include assistance with international organic standards compliance, logistics, banking, market analysis and international tradeshow follow-up. CCOF ( ) and the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) ( ) will provide consulting jointly to meet the needs of COPES participants. California companies are invited to register with the COPES program and submit consulting requests for assistance.

Better Ideas for Buildings: Emerging Technologies that Save Energy, Money, and the Environment
December 6, 2004 09:46 AM - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) announced the publication of a new report, "Emerging Energy-Saving Technologies and Practices in the Buildings Sector as of 2004." This analysis reviewed 200 technologies and practices (T&Ps) in order to select those that promise to (1) save at least 0.25% of national electricity use, (2) avoid "lost opportunities" in new construction, rehab, or equipment replacement; or (3) capture important regional opportunities. Short summaries of 66 T&Ps complement text that describes their collective impact. Appendices offer a California-specific analysis and California climate sensitivity studies for national measures.

Mines to be Cleared for Thousands of Migrating Elephants
December 2, 2004 10:57 AM - UN Environment Programme

An ambitious project to clear deadly land mines from a wildlife sanctuary in southern Africa is being launched today in a bid to give thousands of elephants and local villagers new hope.

Federal Government Moves Jeopardize Nahanni National Park Expansion
December 2, 2004 10:49 AM - Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling on Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Andy Scott to stop issuing mining prospecting permits for the South Nahanni watershed region — an area under consideration for expansion of the Nahanni National Park Reserve and World Heritage Site.

Three Sustainable Businesses Win World Resources Institute Competition in Brazil
December 2, 2004 10:48 AM - World Resources Institute

A company that uses technology in the production of sustainable oils, another that organically produces fish, and a third that patented a product to enable water-free car washing have been announced as winners of the World Resource Institute's (WRI) New Ventures Investor Forum in Brazil.

WRI Conference Explores Business Solutions to Global Poverty
December 2, 2004 10:47 AM - World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute's (WRI) international conference on "Eradicating Poverty through Profit: Making Business Work for the Poor"

It’s Easy Being Green At FedEx Kinko’s
December 2, 2004 10:46 AM - Rainforest Action Network

FedEx Kinko’s, one of America’s first businesses to implement an ‘old growth free’ policy, leads the retail paper market on the path to sustainability with the introduction of a new private-label sheet that substantially increases the recycled content of its standard behind-the-counter stock, the company’s highest consumption area.

Oiled Birds Wash Up on Newfoundland Beaches
December 1, 2004 11:53 AM - International Fund for Animal Welfare

Hundreds of dead and dying oiled birds are washing up on the beaches of Newfoundland, but the oil in their feathers is not from the Terra Nova spill, indicating some ships crews are dumping their bilge oil near the spill to cover up their illegal actions.

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