The Short Path to Oil Independence
October 14, 2004 09:41 AM - Earth Policy Institute

With the price of oil above $50 a barrel, with political instability in the Middle East on the rise, and with little slack in the world oil economy, we need a new energy strategy. Fortunately, the outline of a new strategy is emerging with two new technologies. These technologies—gas-electric hybrid engines and advanced-design wind turbines—offer a way to wean ourselves from imported oil. If over the next decade we convert the U.S. automobile fleet to gas-electric hybrids with the efficiency of today's Toyota Prius, we could cut our gasoline use in half. No change in the number of vehicles, no change in miles driven—just doing it more efficiently.

A Coalition of Labor and Environmental Advocates Endorse Policy Package for a Smarter, Cleaner, Stronger America
October 13, 2004 09:18 AM - Redefining Progress

A coalition of labor and environmental advocates are hailing the findings of a new report that clearly demonstrates how smarter environmental policies can lead to significant job creation. The report “Smarter, Cleaner, Stronger: Secure Jobs, Clean Environment, and Less Foreign Oil” details for the first time on a national and a state-by-state basis, the economic benefits that will result from energy policies that stimulate the development of clean energy technologies.

A Holiday Gift to Go Wild About: African Wildlife Foundation Launches Adopt-an-Animal Campaign for Holidays
October 13, 2004 09:14 AM - African Wildlife Foundation

It is hard to believe, but another holiday gift giving season is just around the corner. Just in the nick of time, the African Wildlife Foundation has launched a new adopt-an-animal campaign that will help ensure survival for three precious wild animals in Africa, and will give your loved ones something to go wild about too.

Efforts to Control Trade in Great White Sharks Get Teeth From International Community
October 13, 2004 09:13 AM - Wildlife Conservation Society

Vilified in popular culture as a relentless man-eater, the great white shark finally received today global recognition as a persecuted species worthy of protection, as participants of the 13th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) adopted a proposal to improve management and monitoring of trade in jaws, teeth and fins from the world's largest predatory fish.

New Breed Of Activism Born In Weyerhaeuser Clearcut
October 13, 2004 09:12 AM - Tree of Life

On Thanksgiving long weekend in Vancouver Island, 500 citizens of British Columbia came together for a musical uprising to bear witness to one of thousands of Canadian clearcuts by US-based logging giant Weyerhaeuser, the number one destroyer of old growth forests in North America. It was the largest forest protection gathering since the Clayoquot Sound Blockades and the largest ever in the Upper Walbran.

Great White Sharks Win International Protection From Ultimate Predator: Humans
October 13, 2004 09:10 AM - World Wildlife Fund, US

The world's most-feared shark received international protection from human predators here today when the international community approved trade controls on great white sharks and shark parts at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

"FeederWatchers" Track Birds in Unexpected Places, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Seeks Volunteers to Watch Birds
October 12, 2004 09:26 AM - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Some might be surprised to find hummingbirds at feeders in the Southeast in winter, or robins and bluebirds at feeders in the North. "Common knowledge" places these birds in warmer climates during the coldest times of the year. Thanks to the help of bird-feeding enthusiasts from across North America, researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are learning that conventional wisdom is not always correct.

Irrawaddy Dolphins Gain Trade Protection Under CITES; WWF Urges Countries to Stop All Live Captures
October 12, 2004 09:25 AM - World Wildlife Fund US

The international community today voted to prohibit commercial trade of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins, concluding they are so rare that any trade for aquariums and dolphinaria is a threat to the species.

WWF Reaction to CITES Decisions on Ivory Trade
October 12, 2004 09:24 AM - World Wildlife Fund US

Members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species completed discussions on elephants and ivory trade Monday, rejecting proposals to reopen commercial ivory trade and adopting an action plan to crack down on unregulated domestic ivory markets across Africa.

Women as the Voice for the Environment, UNEP Hosts First Women's Environment Assembly
October 12, 2004 09:22 AM - United nations Environment programme (UNEP)

More than 140 prominent women environmentalists from 60 countries, including seven environment ministers and other high-level representatives, are meeting at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi between 11 and 13 October to express their concerns about the global environment.

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