Stewing in Filth: EPA to Reverse Sewage Standard, Allow Massive Dumping
December 10, 2004 09:13 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council

Millions of Americans will face an increased threat of bacteria, viruses and parasites in their water thanks to a new federal policy allowing sewer operators to dump inadequately treated sewage into the nation's waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency's new plan, which reverses a current rule requiring sewer operators to fully treat their waste in all but the most extreme circumstances, will allow operators to routinely dump sewage anytime it rains. The EPA is expected to issue the policy sometime in the next few weeks.

Peace-Loving Primates' Population Plummets - Only Female-Led Primate Species, Bonobos Under Siege from Poachers
December 9, 2004 08:42 PM - WWF-US

Washington - Bonobos, or pygmy chimpanzees, arguably our closest relative, may have been hunted so extensively that the survival of the species is at risk, World Wildlife Fund warns.

Commentary: Climate Measures are Not Bad Investments
December 9, 2004 09:32 AM - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO)

Danish professor Bjørn Lomborg has convinced distinguished economists to rank a number of measures to meet the world's great challenges, particularly with respect to developing countries.

Congress Approves Funding for HI Ntl. Park Expansion
December 9, 2004 09:31 AM - The Trust For Public Land

The Trust For Public Land (TPL) today praised Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation for securing $4.6 million in federal funding for an important addition to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. The funding will be used to protect and expand the Park by acquiring the ancient Ki‘ilae Fishing Village land, a historically rich 238-acre parcel adjacent to the Park that had been slated for development of residential homes.

Jean-Michel Cousteau, C.O.F. Announce Plans to Restore “Calypso”
December 8, 2004 03:42 PM - Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Cousteau, the eldest son of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and a member of the Board of Directors of Campagnes Oceanographiques Francaisos (C.O.F., a French nonprofit corporation), announced today an agreement in principle to move the ship “Calypso” to the south of France where it will be restored and exhibited as part of an educational center. Jean-Michel Cousteau is the president of Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit corporation with offices in North America and Europe.

Repackaging Pesticides Safely and Legally
December 8, 2004 03:41 PM - Pennsylvania IPM Program

Although transferring pesticides from one container to another may be tempting, doing so could be illegal, according to the Director of the Pesticide Education Program at Penn State.

Worldwide TV Premiere of "Last Journey for the Leatherback?" on Link TV
December 8, 2004 10:19 AM - Sea Turtle Restoration Project

The nonprofit Sea Turtle Restoration Project has released the new documentary, Last Journey for the Leatherback? by the Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Stan Minasian (dir. The Last Days of the Dolphins?, The Free Willy Story: Keiko's Journey Home). Last Journey for the Leatherback? will make its worldwide television premiere on Link TV (EchoStar and Dish satellite networks) on Friday, December 10, 2004 at 20.00. The film will also air three more times on Saturday, December 11.

Pennsylvania County Hard-Hit by Toxic Pollutants, New Report Finds
December 8, 2004 10:16 AM - Natural Resources Defense Council

Pennsylvania's Greene County is among the most polluted counties in the nation, yet federal and state agencies have failed to enforce key environmental laws to protect its residents, according to a report released today. The report, "Pollution Unchecked," by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and two local groups, also found that state and federal agencies do not adequately monitor pollution in the county or collect data documenting its impact on public health.

TPL Unveils Los Angeles Parks Initiative
December 8, 2004 10:12 AM - The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) today unveiled a major new initiative to improve access to parks and open space in Los Angeles County. The new program, Parks for People-LA, will create recreational opportunities for tens of thousands of children in the region's most underserved neighborhoods.

Major Corporations, WRI Announce Third Round of Renewable Energy Purchases
December 8, 2004 10:11 AM - World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute (WRI) and members of its Green Power Market Development Group today announced 62 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy purchases and projects.

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