The Changing Arctic: Indigenous Perspectives
January 12, 2005 08:58 AM - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO)

Indigenous and other local perspectives have a great deal to offer to studies of climate change. The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) has made extensive use of information from these sources.

Apple Put on Notice at MacWorld Expo for Poisonous Products
January 12, 2005 08:56 AM - Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

After successfully pressuring Dell Computers to support proper recycling of discarded toxic electronics bearing their brand name, the Computer TakeBack Campaign (CTBC) has set its sights on Apple Computers, maker of the popular iPod, as its next corporate target.

IFAW Launches Tsunami Disaster Relief Operation for Livestock and Companion Animals in Asia
January 12, 2005 08:32 AM - International Fund for Animal Welfare

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) has launched a relief operation in Southern Asia to help animals and people affected by the recent disaster. IFAW teams are helping local people in tsunami-devastated coastal fishing communities protect their abandoned livestock, and companion animals, by providing food, temporary shelters and vaccinating animals against diseases.

"Green Reconstruction" Vital in the Aftermath of the Tsunami - WWF
January 10, 2005 04:29 PM - WWF-US

In the aftermath of the tsunami disaster, WWF, the global conservation organization, is calling on governments to support the devastated communities by ensuring that efforts to rebuild their livelihoods are environmentally sustainable. The call comes as a UN conference on the vulnerability of small island developing states gets underway in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean — the area severely impacted by the tsunami.

White House, Pentagon, Industry Secretly Colluded To Skew National Academy Of Sciences Perchlorate Report, Documents Show
January 10, 2005 04:28 PM - Natural Resources Defense Council

The White House, the Defense Department, and defense contractors collaborated in a backroom campaign to manipulate a federal report on health threats posed by perchlorate, a toxic rocket fuel ingredient, according to documents recently obtained by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). The chemical, which has been found in water and food supplies nationally, attacks the thyroid gland, and is especially harmful to fetuses and infants. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is officially releasing the report tomorrow. (Click here for an overview of the campaign and to see key documents.)

ABIH Awards Certification Maintenance Points for Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) and Certified Associate Industrial Hygienists (CIAHs) for Attendance at EEF Web Events
January 10, 2005 11:01 AM - The Environmental Education Foundation's (EEF)

The Environmental Education Foundation's (EEF) webcast training course entitled "Mold Awareness and Water Intrusion - Developing an Operation and Maintenance Plan" is being hailed as one of the best "how to" trainings in the industry. The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) recognizes the value of the course by awarding certification maintenance (CM) points to Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) and Certified Associate Industrial Hygienists (CIAHs) who successfully pass the course.

Conference Looks at New Trends in Agriculture: Economic Development and Farmland Protection are Key Issues
January 10, 2005 10:32 AM - Hudson Valley Agriculture Partnership

The public and press are invited to participate in a forum about new economic development and farmland protection trends being promoted for Hudson Valley agriculture. The conference - Agriculture in the Hudson Valley: Innovations - will be Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marist College in Poughkeepsie and is being sponsored by the Hudson Valley Agricultural Partnership (www.hvap.org).

Quotable Quote
January 6, 2005 11:56 PM - Mangrove Action Project

Much of devastation caused by the Asian tsunami and storms like Hurricane Ivan can be avoided in the future if we take some basic steps, says Alfredo Quarto, executive director of the international NGO the Mangrove Action Project. It is our overdevelopment of coastal areas in the Caribbean which has directly led to the kinds of extensive damage caused by Hurricane Ivan in Grand Cayman.

Carbon Emissions Reach Record High
January 10, 2005 10:30 AM - Lila Buckley, Earth Policy Institute

In 2003, carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels climbed to a record high of 6.8 billion tons, up nearly 4 percent from the previous year. Global emissions of carbon have been rising steadily since the late eighteenth century-and rapidly since the 1950s. In fact, annual emissions have quadrupled since 1950.

Natural and Man-made Disasters Threaten Stability of Small Island Developing States
January 6, 2005 02:30 PM - UN Environment Programme

Vulnerability to natural and man-made disasters including tsunamis and cyclones is among a range of emerging issues challenging the health and wealth of the world's small island developing States.

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