Contaminated Swordfish Found in California Grocery Stores
September 29, 2004 01:49 PM - Sea Turtle Restoration Project

This week, new data was released by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project that shows skyrocketing mercury levels in swordfish purchased at grocery stores in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Orange, Sonoma and Marin counties. Stores in California and around the country continue to sell mercury-contaminated fish despite continued state and federal warnings that swordfish contains unsafe levels of mercury. Mercury levels in tested fish were measured in excess of 4 parts per million, more than 400% of the FDA's action level. Environmental groups are calling on grocers and restaurants to stop selling swordfish to the public immediately.

DNA Testing Used for First Time on Elephant Ivory
September 29, 2004 01:45 PM - International Fund for Animal Welfare

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - announced today that for the first time ever DNA testing is being used on elephant ivory to help fight the illegal ivory trade. High-tech crime-fighting techniques, such as DNA testing, are increasingly used to investigate wildlife crime, a sophisticated, global black market that is estimated at billions of dollars (U.S.) annually. Wildlife crime - the illegal buying and selling of endangered animals and animal products - is a growing problem that is driving animals like elephants, tigers and great apes toward extinction.

UI Fire Data Center to Provide One-stop, On-line Shopping for Fire Information
September 28, 2004 10:13 AM - University of Idaho

University of Idaho forestry researcher Greg Gollberg wants to create an online superstore, "a one-stop shopping center," for wildland fire research, data and tools.

UI Research Working Out Methods to Help Officials Map Wildland Fire Hazard
September 28, 2004 10:12 AM - University of Idaho

Local governments and citizens in areas at risk of wildfire stand to benefit from a University of Idaho project to map fire hazard.

UI Wildfire Researchers Study Landscapes Before, During and After Major Fires
September 28, 2004 10:10 AM - University of Idaho

University of Idaho wildfire researchers play an important role in a national effort to better understand how and why major fires affect landscapes.

Oil Prices: A Warning Of Energy Storms On The Horizon
September 28, 2004 10:09 AM - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

With oil prices spiking to almost a record $50 per barrel yesterday, the public has received another reminder of energy challenges confronting the United States. Pump prices for gasoline are again on the rise, heating oil prices are at record levels, and natural gas and electricity prices are poised to increase again. These price increases and the higher energy bills that result will put further pressure on the economy, imperiling the recovery. But individually at least, consumers have the power to protect their budgets from escalating prices by embracing energy-efficient measures and taking cost-cutting actions.

Fun and Fall Color Highlight Upcoming Weekends at Arbor Day Farm
September 28, 2004 10:08 AM - Arbor Day Foundation

Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, NE is alive with activity in the coming months, from a bumper apple crop, to spectacular fall colors, to the many discoveries at the Farm’s Tree Adventure. This year’s activities also include such special offerings as reenactments from pioneer times, art exhibits, and gardening and planting advice.

World's Top Environmentalists Arrive in Beijing For 20th Anniversary of Prestigious UNEP Sasakawa Prize
September 26, 2004 10:15 AM - UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

A dozen laureates of one of the world's most prestigious environmental awards — the United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa Prize — will share their fears and hopes for our environmental future in Beijing on 27 and 28 September.

San Antonio Water System Partners with Audubon Texas to Open Urban Nature Center, Audubon Center at Mitchell Lake Will Serve San Antonio's Southside Community
September 26, 2004 10:10 AM - National Audubon Society

Mitchell Lake Wildlife Refuge, long a destination for tens of thousands of migratory birds, is now a little friendlier to a different kind of visitor – people.

With Splashes of Colour, Children Urged To Express Their Fears and Hopes for World's Cities
September 26, 2004 10:01 AM - UN Environment Piogramme (UNEP)

The majesty and misery of the world's cities will be at the heart of this year's International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE) and Bayer AG, a German-based chemical and health-care company. The painting competition, the 14th of its kind, has been held since 1990 and has received over 160,000 entries from children in more than 150 countries.

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