West's Water Troubles Getting Worse, Officials Say
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Christopher Smith, Associated Press
Entering the sixth year of a record dry spell in much of the West is bad enough. But what really worries the head of the federal agency that delivers water to more than 30 million people and 10 million acres of farmland is what happens when the region's precipitation returns to normal.
Chilean Report Links Copec Pulp Plant to Dead Swans
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
The Valdivia wood pulp plant, owned by the forestry arm of Chile's biggest industrial group Copec, seriously polluted a wetlands sanctuary, causing the deaths of black-necked swans, said an official report published Monday.
Old Growth Up, Spotted Owl Numbers Down
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
Ten years after the Northwest Forest Plan sharply reduced logging on national forests in the region, the amount of old growth forest is up but northern spotted owl populations are down and with no clear reason why, scientists reported Tuesday.
Report Says Ships' Tainted Ballast Water Threatens Great Lakes with Foreign Organisms
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Oceangoing freighters that claim to be empty of ballast water before entering the Great Lakes routinely carry organisms that endanger the water bodies, a new report shows.
Canadian Inuit Leader Wins Norway's Sophie Environment Prize
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press
Canadian Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier won the 2005 Sophia environment prize Wednesday for drawing attention to the impact of climate change and pollution on the traditional lifestyles of the Arctic's indigenous people and others.
New Pope Could Swing Bible Debate on Environment
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle and Ed Stoddard, Reuters
The new pope being chosen by cardinals in the Vatican may have a huge impact on the environment depending upon which side he favours in the centuries-old Biblical debate about whether humans should exploit or safeguard nature, experts say.
Last Shipment of High-Level Radioactive Waste Leaves Colorado
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Weller, Associated Press
The last shipment of high-level radioactive waste in the $7 billion cleanup of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant rumbled off to a dump site in New Mexico.
Burlco's Recycling Project is Garbage In, Gas Out
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Avril, The Philadelphia Inquirer
At the Burlington County landfill, some entrepreneurs have discovered a way to cut the costs of garbage collection, lessen reliance on foreign oil, reduce global warming, and make money all at the same time.
Site Work on New York State Wind Farm Expected to Begin Next Week
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Virkler, Watertown (NY) Daily Times
Construction on the Maple Ridge Wind Farm is scheduled to begin late next week, but don't expect to see turbine parts coming through the north country for a few months.
Constitutional Court Upholds Austrian Province's Ban on Nighttime Truck Traffic
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Austria's Constitutional Court announced Monday it has upheld a western province's ban on truck traffic at night, saying the benefits for the environment outweighed financial losses.