Getting Apollo off the Ground
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Steven J. Moss, San Francisco Community Power
(By Steven J. Moss) Energy and labor are intimately related. After all, energy is by and large a replacement for labor — most energy-using devices save time. Washing machines replaced stone-slapping methods of clothes cleaning; cars substitute for slower modes of manual transport. This historical relationship has recently formed the basis for a counter-movement lead by labor unions and environmental groups — the Apollo Alliance. Apollo seeks to change the energy-labor relationship into one in which cleaner energy sources create jobs, rather than eliminates them.
World Health Organization: One Million People Die Yearly From Environmental Risks in the Western Pacific
September 23, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN
One million people in the Western Pacific Region die each year from environmental health risks, and the World Health Organization predicts a worsening scenario if effective measures to deal with growing industrialization and urbanization are not taken now.
Peru Mayor Says Camisea Gas Pipeline Leak Contaminated Jungle Rivers, Sickening Hundreds
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A district mayor threatened Wednesday to sue the operators of a pipeline that transports natural gas liquids from the Camisea gas fields in the country's southern Amazon after it sprang a leak in one of his villages.
Europe's 2003 Heatwave Altered Carbon Cycle, Study Says
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters
Europe's devastating heat wave, which claimed 35,000 lives in 2003, also reduced plant growth across the continent by 30 percent and may have contributed to global warming, French researchers said on Wednesday.
Scientists Send Message: 'Cut Air Travel for the Environment'
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael McDonough, Associated Press
Britain should drastically reduce the growth of air travel to bring greenhouse gas emissions within levels that will avoid dangerous climate change, a report by leading environmental scientists said Wednesday.
Shark Attacks Spark 'Kill or Be Killed' Debate
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters
Two shark attacks in the past few weeks, both in waters off South Australia state, have sparked an emotional debate in Australia over whether the great white, the ocean's fiercest predator, should be culled.
In Marshlands South of New Orleans, Katrina's Destruction Threatens already Tenuous Existence
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Allen G. Breed, Associated Press
Hurricane Katrina ripped through this narrow toe of land at the easternmost edge of the Louisiana boot, where oystermen, shrimpers, river pilots and oil-rig workers cling to existence like snails to the marsh grass. It is a place that lives or dies by the water.
E.U. Proposes Ambitious Plans To Clean Up Air Pollution by 2020
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Constant Brand, Associated Press
The European Union head office proposed scaled-back plans Wednesday to reduce air pollution, which it claims kills 370,000 EU citizens every year.
House Panel Set To Approve Sweeping Endangered Species Act Rewrite
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press
Conservative lawmakers poised to eliminate key provisions of the landmark 32--year--old Endangered Species Act encountered unexpected support Wednesday: Some environmentalists and liberal Democrats said they agree with some of the changes.
Global Warming Could Cause up to 10,000 Deaths Per Year in Asia-Pacific, WHO Official Says
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Meraiah Foley, Associated Press
Up to 10,000 people in the Asia-Pacific region could be dying each year as a result of factors associated with global warming such as severe weather and mosquito-borne disease, a World Health Organization expert said Thursday.