FEMA Violates Endangered Species Act
November 19, 2004 10:56 AM - The National Wildlife Federation
A federal judge today found the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”Ě) in violation of the Endangered Species Act because it has ignored the impacts of its activities on threatened chinook salmon in Puget Sound. The judge agreed that FEMA’s flood insurance program helps fuel development and floodplain damage in some of the most sensitive and important salmon habitat in the region. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit brought by National Wildlife Federation and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
Russia's Ratification of Kyoto Climate Treaty 'Historic' Says Kofi Annan
November 19, 2004 10:55 AM - UN Environment Programme
In a move underlining the vital links between the environment and global peace, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Andrey Denisov today formally handed over the accession papers on ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Give the Gift of Life to Animals Around the World
November 19, 2004 10:53 AM - IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Designed for animal lovers, last minute shoppers and hard-to-buy-for people alike, IFAW’s gift guide makes it easy to give the gift of helping animals. Gifts of $25 to $500 purchased on behalf of your loved one will directly benefit animals. Choices include: protecting elephants from poachers in Asia and Africa, rehabilitating penguins hurt by oils spills, saving orphaned bear cubs in Russia, protecting Canadian baby seals and aiding the “Doctor Dog”Ě program in China, which uses contact with dogs as a supplement to medical and behavioral care for kids and adults with amazing results.
Coalition Reacts to Wilderness Protection in Lincoln County Bill
November 19, 2004 10:20 AM - The Nevada Wilderness Coalition
The Nevada Wilderness Coalition reacted today to the final passage in the House of the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004, a bipartisan omnibus public lands bill supported by the entire Nevada Congressional delegation. The bill designates 14 new wilderness areas totaling about 768,000 acres of wilderness, while releasing over a quarter of a million acres from interim protection as Wilderness Study Areas.
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.