World Heritage Committee to Investigate Effects of Climate Change, Postpones Decision on Mount Everest
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Alexandra Zavis, Associated Press
UNESCO agreed Wednesday to investigate the effects of climate change on World Heritage Sites around the globe after environmental activists raised concerns about the threat to Mount Everest. But the United Nations agency postponed a decision on whether to include the world's highest peak and two other sites on its endangered list.
Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Survey Finds
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters
Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report to be released Thursday. Although the effects on the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment.
PETA Unveils Ads Attacking California Dairy Industry
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - the Sacramento Bee
In another effort to challenge the California milk industry's "happy cows" campaign, an international animal-rights group is rolling out its own "unhappy cows" ads.
Canon Envirothon Draws Teenagers To North America Environmental Competition
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN
High school students from across the U.S. and Canada will convene July 18 — 24 in Springfield, Missouri, to participate in North America’s largest high school environmental education competition. Participants will learn about environmental issues affecting natural resources as they compete for awards in the 2005 Canon Envirothon.
Progressive Design Playgrounds Meets California Criteria for High Performance Schools
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN
Progressive Design Playgrounds, designer and manufacturer of commercial children's play structures, announced today it has been recognized as the first playground manufacturer to meet the environmental standards set by California's Collaborative for High Performance Schools.
Pilot Program Shows Strong Interest in E-Recycling
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - GreenBiz.com
A trial effort to evaluate feasibility of widespread recycling of consumer electronics shows that items such as computers can be easily recycled at low cost to consumers and retailers.
Driven by Fuel Shortages, China is Going Nuclear
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press
The shadows of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island no longer reach to the pine-crested hillsides of Hangzhou Bay, where China is rushing to expand a nuclear power station to meet soaring demand for electricity for its economic boom.
Caterpillars Invade New Mexico Forests
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Montova Bryan, Associated Press
Some of northern New Mexico's aspen stands have been stripped of their leaves by masses of wriggling caterpillars in search of food and a place to build a home, but forest officials are confident the trees will recover in time to show off their brilliant colors.
Researchers, Trackers Study Deer Populations
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Quinn Eastman, North County Times
For a decade, governments throughout San Diego County have bought into the idea that wildlife and development could coexist, if enough open space was preserved with corridors built between them to allow animals to roam.
Turning Waste to Wealth Advancing at Landfills, Farms
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press
Jim Voss hopes his company will make a fortune out of garbage -- specifically the methane gas produced when tons of trash decay in landfills across the nation. That methane -- 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide -- has to go somewhere: federal rules requires large landfills to either burn it or pipe it away to be processed.