Energy Dept. Delays Cost Consumers Billions In Higher Energy Bills
September 26, 2004 09:39 AM - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Each year's delay in setting three new Department of Energy appliance efficiency standards costs consumers and businesses billions of dollars in higher energy bills, according to a major new study released today. Each year of delay increases annual energy use by 3.3 million megawatt hours of electricity and by 11 billion cubic feet of natural gas -- enough electricity to power about 330,000 typical U.S. homes and natural gas to heat about 170,000 homes.

Government Rule Cutting Wildlife Experts out of Pesticide Reviews Illegal, Says Coalition of Conservation and Fishing Groups
September 24, 2004 10:42 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council

The government's recent decision to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether a pesticide harms endangered species without consulting with federal wildlife agencies weakens protection for those species and endangers the health of farm workers and the public, according to a lawsuit filed today by a coalition of conservation and fishing groups. The lawsuit was filed today in federal district court in Seattle. "Natural Resources Defense Council"

Tracking "Montserrat" The Marine Turtle By Satellite
September 24, 2004 10:30 AM - Dr. Brendan Godley, University of Exeterin Cornwall

Ground-breaking work to investigate the migratory movements of marine turtles in the UK Overseas Territories began on the Caribbean Emerald Isle of Montserrat this week. Staff from Government of Montserrat (GoM) attached a satellite transmitter to Montserrat, a 150kg green turtle, which will enable her migratory movements to be logged from space and followed live on the internet at http://seaturtle.org/tracking/ Since leaving Montserrat's shores she has already passed through the waters of St. Kitts and Nevis but where will she stop? Attractive colour photos of the attachment and release are available. In addition a map of the route is available for publication.

Research on Ice
September 23, 2004 06:20 PM - Nadine Slimak, Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote Marine Laboratory researchers often travel the globe to far-flung places searching for answers to marine science's most pressing questions. But none of those places is as cold and remote as Barrow, Alaska, where Dr. Dana Wetzel and Dr. John Reynolds are searching for contaminants that might threaten a people's health and traditional way of life.

Wolverine Takes A Road Trip
September 23, 2004 06:11 PM - Wildlife Conservation Society

Scientists from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) may have referred to the wolverine they were tracking as simply "M304," but "Lance Armstrong" may be more descriptive as the young male embarked on a six-week journey that covered some 550 miles within three western states. The results of the study are published in the latest issue of the journal Northwest Science.

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
September 23, 2004 06:07 PM - World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)

Teams from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) are fanning out across the Caribbean, the first step in addressing the overwhelming animal need there following a series of monster hurricanes.

29 Organizations Urge Enactment of Full Set of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Now Stalled in Congress
September 23, 2004 10:09 AM - Sustainable Energy Coalition

In a letter delivered today to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives as well as to the key congressional tax and energy policy committees, 29 member groups of the Sustainable Energy Coalition called upon Congress "to enact the FULL SET (emphasis added) of energy efficiency and renewable energy tax incentives that have been pending before the U.S. Congress since at least the beginning of 2003." (Sustainable Energy Coalition)

Conservationists Announce Lawsuit Against WSSC for Contaminating the Anacostia River and Threatening Public Health, Groups Charge Sewer Agency is Violating Federal Law
September 24, 2004 10:18 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is illegally allowing sewers to overflow into Maryland streams and rivers, polluting the Anacostia River and its tributaries and endangering area residents’ health, according to a lawsuit announced today by four conservation groups. One of the 10 largest water utilities in the nation, WSSC serves 1.6 million people in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Future of Green Building Credit System in Jeopardy, According to Platts Report
September 24, 2004 10:14 AM - Jim Keener, Platts

The long term viability of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is at risk, according to a recent report by Platts, the energy information division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. The LEED system, created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is designed to accelerate the development and implementation of green building practices.

Boulder Conference Features Free Public Expo
September 24, 2004 10:06 AM - Pippa Sorley, Sustainable Resources

The week-long Sustainable Resources Conference, to be held Sept. 27th through Oct. 5th, 2004 at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will feature a 4-day Expo that is free and open to the general public.

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