EPA Inspector General Finds Agency Undercut Ongoing Enforcement Suits Against Polluting Power Plants
October 9, 2004 08:19 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Top political officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relaxed air pollution rules in 2002, benefiting utility industry defendants in ongoing Clean Air Act enforcement suits brought by the EPA. That is the conclusion of a long-awaited report issued today by the EPA's inspector general.

EPA Inspector General Finds Agency Undercut Ongoing Enforcement Suits Against Polluting Power Plants
October 9, 2004 08:18 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Top political officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relaxed air pollution rules in 2002, benefiting utility industry defendants in ongoing Clean Air Act enforcement suits brought by the EPA. That is the conclusion of a long-awaited report issued today by the EPA's inspector general.

Enterprise and NRDC Launch $550 Million Initiative For Healthy, Environmentally Friendly Affordable Housing
October 9, 2004 08:17 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

A premier national affordable housing provider and a leading national environmental group today launched the Green Communities Initiative, a five-year, $550 million commitment to build more than 8,500 environmentally friendly affordable homes across the country. The initiative will offer financing, grants and technical assistance to developers to build affordable housing that promotes health, conserves energy and natural resources and provides easy access to jobs, schools and services.

Plan for African Ivory Markets a Victory for Elephants
October 9, 2004 08:15 AM - World Wildlife Fund

World Wildlife Fund and TRAFFIC applaud African countries who today announced a continent-wide action plan to crack down on their domestic ivory markets, calling it a major victory for elephant conservation.

CITES authorizes 2004 Export Quotas for Caspian Sea Caviar
October 8, 2004 10:24 AM - UN Environment Programme

Bangkok, 8 October 2004 The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced today the 2004 export quotas for Caspian Sea sturgeon.

UNEP Reaction to Nobel Peace Prize Announcement
October 8, 2004 10:20 AM - UNEP

Understanding is growing throughout the world of the close links between environmental protection and global security, so it is most fitting that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded this year to Africa's staunchest defender of the environment, Professor Wangari Maathai, for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.

Potential Disaster for Belizean Ecotourism
October 8, 2004 10:06 AM - World Land Trust

A very disturbing report has been received over the Internet, which if true may spell the end of Belize's reign as one of the world leaders in ecotourism.

The Rainforest Alliance Raises the Bar for Conservation Education
October 8, 2004 10:00 AM - The Rainforest Alliance

In order to better connect US children with conservation and cultures in Latin America, the Rainforest Alliance has launched an expanded and improved curriculum that will bring the rainforest to life in classrooms across the country. Endorsed by organizations including the New York City Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers’ Teacher Center — which touted the Learning Site as one of the best Web sites to support children’s learning — the Rainforest Alliance now offers an expanded curriculum with unique units for kindergarten through sixth grade. Each unit features three to four comprehensive multidisciplinary lesson plans, which meet national standards to allow teachers to easily incorporate the units into their lessons, and all are available for free.

Montana Rocky Mountain Front Victory
October 7, 2004 04:39 PM - National Wildlife Federation

“The Bush administration has made a wise and welcomed decision to table its plans to drill Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. While the administration’s decision does not permanently protect this pristine natural area, it keeps the Front protected for the immediate future. We would hope this decision signals a change in the administration’s attitude towards inappropriate development of prime wildlife habitat on public land.

CITES: A Force to be Reckoned With
October 7, 2004 04:37 PM - IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

The battle against wildlife crime received reinforcements today when CITES Parties unanimously recommended tighter enforcement measures designed to crack down on illegal wildlife trade.

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