Funds OK'd for Pupukea-Paumalu Natural Area (HI)
October 25, 2004 06:31 PM - The Trust for Public Land

Guided by the leadership of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has granted $2 Million in federal funds from the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program toward the effort to purchase and protect the 1,129-acre Püpükea-Paumalü property on O”ahu’s North Shore. The Trust for Public Land, a non-profit group spearheading the effort, announced the grant today and praised Senator Inouye for securing the funds. Once the planned site of a large development above Sunset Beach, the property remains in open space today after development plans fell through in the face of stiff community opposition and economic changes.

International Judges Join Competition For Fishing Gear that Reduces Wildlife Deaths
October 25, 2004 06:29 PM - World Wildlife Fund, US

Several new distinguished fisheries experts from around the world have joined the panel of judges for the International Smart Gear Competition, an unprecedented coalition of fishermen, scientists and conservation groups looking for fishing gear designs that reduce wildlife deaths.

American Senators on Svalbard
October 25, 2004 06:28 PM - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO)

"Recently I had the pleasure of guiding a prestigious delegation of American senators who visited Svalbard to learn about climate change in the Arctic. In terms of priority, climate cannot measure up to the war against terror or the economy, but on Svalbard the senators confirmed that climate issues are being taken seriously and that there is increasing domestic pressure to change the course of American climate policy," writes CICERO Director Pål Prestrud.

Pointing at EU
October 25, 2004 06:27 PM - Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO)

Norwegian businesses should not be subject to stricter regulations than businesses in the EU, believes Norway's new minister of the environment.

23 Business and Environmental Groups Urge President Bush to Reduce Oil and Gas Dependency
October 25, 2004 06:24 PM - Sustainable Energy Coalition

In a letter sent to the White House today, 23 business, environmental, and energy policy organizations called upon President Bush to "reconsider the nation's energy policies in light of oil prices now surpassing $50/barrel and natural gas prices at 40-year highs [and to] instituted an energy policy that moves the nation away from dangerous over-reliance on petroleum."

Report Says Tulsequah Chief Road Will Harm Taku Wild Salmon
October 25, 2004 06:20 PM - Transboundary Watershed Alliance

A new report by an independent fisheries biologist identifies serious threats to Taku River wild salmon from the proposed Tulsequah Chief mine access road. The report documents significant flaws in the project’s scientific analysis, concluding “that adequate baseline data have not been collected, that impact assessment and mitigation measures are inadequate, and that as designed this project is likely to lead to Harmful Alteration, Disruption or Destruction (HADD) of fish habitat and Fisheries Act violations impacting an important, shared commercial and subsistence fishery.”

The GIWA Baltic Sea report Integrated Actions and Cooperation Keys to Environmental Improvement
October 24, 2004 04:08 PM - UNEP

There are two major future issues for the improvement of the Baltic Sea: Environmental policies must be integrated with agricultural policies and the EU Water Framework Directive must be implemented in all the countries of the Baltic Sea, including Russia.

Land Protected Along White Salmon River (WA)
October 22, 2004 06:25 PM - The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land, a national conservation organization, today announced that it has permanently conserved seven acres of riverfront land along the White Salmon River in southern Washington.

USGBC Announces New Green Building Rating System
October 22, 2004 06:22 PM - U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces the release of the much anticipated LEED for Existing Building (LEED-EB) Green Building Rating System. Previously in pilot, the rating system has been fully balloted by the USGBC membership and is ready to launch. LEED-EB was designed to meet market demand for an existing building rating system following the success of LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC), the USGBC’s current rating system for new construction.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Told Wolf Plan Shortsighted during Maine Hearing
October 22, 2004 06:17 PM - National Wildlife Federation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposal to abandon wolf recovery in the Northeast by removing wolves from the endangered species list in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York is premature and leaves wolves vulnerable, according to Peggy Struhsacker, NWF’s wolf team leader, who testified October 20 at a FWS hearing in Orono, Maine. Struhsacker testified that the FWS has an obligation under the Endangered Species Act to restore wolves in a significant portion of their historic range, and this includes the forests of the Northeast states.

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