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.

Backroom Deal: Congress OKs Abandoning Highly Radioactive Waste in South Carolina and Idaho, Threatening Drinking Water Supplies
October 9, 2004 08:27 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Congress today sent a bill to the president that would reverse more than two decades of nuclear waste cleanup policy without public hearing or debate. Legislators included a provision (Section 3116) in the 2005 Defense authorization bill that would change the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, allowing the Department of Energy (DOE) to reclassify lethal high-level radioactive waste in South Carolina as "waste incidental to reprocessing." The language, which was written by DOE and originally added by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), would allow the agency to abandon millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste in leaking tanks in South Carolina and Idaho, and would set a precedent for the massive cleanup of radioactive waste in the state of Washington.

More than 85,000 Citizens Denounce Bush Administration's Salmon Plan
October 9, 2004 08:24 AM - Save our Wild Salmon

More than 85,000 citizens asked the Bush administration to withdraw its latest plan to manage endangered wild salmon and steelhead and deliver a new plan that will recover healthy populations of fish in letters delivered today by salmon advocates.

Health Advocates Urge Administration to Support Binding Global Mercury Treaty
October 9, 2004 08:21 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Industrial mercury pollution has reached dangerously high levels around the world, and it will take an international effort to combat it, two U.S. health advocacy groups said today. The groups, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and the Mercury Policy Project, applauded a new congressional resolution urging the Bush administration to support a binding international treaty to reduce mercury use, trade and pollution. The resolution was introduced earlier today by Sen. James Jeffords (I-Vt.), along with Sens. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.), Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).

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.

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