Meeting the Global waste Challenge: Basel Convention Conference to Focus on Priorities, Partnerships and Resources
October 26, 2004 04:30 PM - UN Environment Programme

Ministers and senior officials are meeting here this week to discuss how to invigorate national efforts to achieve the goals of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal.

Plan to update Critical Conservation Information in the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory
October 26, 2004 04:28 PM - The Nature Conservancy in Illinois

New plans are underway to update the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory, which identifies and classifies the state’s vanishing natural heritage. Its pioneering implementation, beginning in 1978, made it a profound agent of change, driving decisions at multiple levels of Illinois government.

1,600 Acres on St. Mary's River Preserved (FL)
October 26, 2004 04:26 PM - The Trust for Public Land (TPL)

The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national conservation organization, today announced that is has permanently conserved a 1,632-acre site on the St. Mary's River in Northeast Baker County.

"O" Matters To Los Angeles
October 25, 2004 06:34 PM - Natural Resources Defense Council

More than 10,000 tons of trash — from cigarette butts to syringes — washes up on public beaches every year, particularly early in the rainy season and after major storms such as those last week. Proposition O on the city's crowded November ballot will provide $500 million to reduce polluted stormwater runoff that contaminates Los Angeles' rivers, lakes and beaches.

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 PÃ¥l 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.”

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