Congress Considering Destructive Water Bill in Lame Duck Session
November 18, 2004 03:53 PM - National Wildlife Federation

In the waning days of the lame duck session of the 108th Congress, lawmakers are considering passage of a fiscally wasteful and environmentally destructive authorization of water projects at a time of record-breaking deficits, the National Wildlife Federation warned today.

USGBC Introduces LEED(r) for Commercial Interiors Green Building Rating System
November 17, 2004 03:59 PM - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is pleased to introduce the brand new LEED(r) Green Building Rating System for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI). Previously in pilot, the rating system has been balloted by the USGBC membership and is now a fully launched product. LEED-CI is the third green building rating system that has been developed by the USGBC following the LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) and LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) green building rating systems.

UNEP Global Sustainable Production and Consumption Seminar meets in Monterrey, Mexico
November 18, 2004 11:02 AM - UN Environment Programme

Environment Ministers and over 200 senior decision-makers are meeting here on Monday and Tuesday to identify ways and means to address unsustainable production and consumption patterns.

"Clean" Fishing Threatens Extinctions in Pacific
November 17, 2004 03:35 PM - The Sea Turtle Restoration Project

A new report "Pillaging the Pacific," published by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project today has found that contrary to its reputation as a "clean" fishing technology, longline fishing in the Pacific annually captures and kills about 4.4 million non-targeted marine animals such as sharks, billfish, seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles.

WWF and National Geographic Kick Off Study of the World's Largest Freshwater Fish
November 17, 2004 03:30 PM - WWF-US

A groundbreaking scientific adventure to find the world's largest freshwater fish starts today on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. Led by World Wildlife Fund science fellow Dr. Zeb Hogan, the project will explore rivers and lakes around the world for fish such as the Mekong giant catfish, which is listed by The Guinness Book of World Records as the Earth's largest freshwater fish. Some grow to 10 feet in length and more than 600 pounds. Scientists believe that larger species exist. Hogan will work with a network of more than 100 scientists in 17 countries to investigate these fish and find out why their numbers are declining.

Montreal Protocol Talks on Protecting the Ozone Layer to address Methyl Bromide, Illegal Trade & Funding
November 17, 2004 10:41 AM - UN Environment Programme

A ministerial meeting on the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, meeting here next week, is to decide on how best to ensure that the stratospheric ozone layer — which protects life on earth from excessive solar radiation — returns to health over the next several decades.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Sets Sail with Solo 'Round-the-World Racer
November 16, 2004 10:20 AM - Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

The world-renowned Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine has collaborated with solo 'round-the-world sailboat racer Bruce Schwab to bring to life the science behind the thrill and skill of navigating the Earth's oceans aboard his boat, Ocean Planet.

Global Finance Campaign Targets JP Morgan Chase
November 16, 2004 10:18 AM - Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network today announced an advertising campaign and web site targeting JP Morgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), the largest U.S.-based bank still operating without a comprehensive environmental policy. The outdoor ads, which were introduced in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. over the weekend, are a first response to JP Morgan Chase backtracking on its commitment to provide a policy to the environmental community by early October.

Nine Finalists for Mexico's Green Business Competition Announced by World Resources Institute
November 16, 2004 10:14 AM - World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute's New Ventures convenes the Investor Forum twice a year in Latin America to provide entrepreneurs with a venue to showcase their businesses and to facilitate the transfer of venture capital to sustainable enterprises.

84 Acres in Chatooga Watershed Protected (SC)
November 15, 2004 04:07 PM - The Trust for Public Land (TPL)

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) today announced the protection of an 84-acre site on Long Creek in Oconee County. Long Creek is a significant tributary in the Chattooga River watershed and the newly protected site will be managed by the U. S. Forest Service as an addition to Sumter National Forest.

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