Chicago Zoo Probed After Three Monkeys Die
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Johnson, Associated Press
The group that accredits U.S. zoos and had been reviewing elephant care at the Lincoln Park Zoo expanded its investigation to the entire facility Thursday after learning three monkeys had died this week, officials said.
NYC Officials Battle Longhorned Beetles
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Polka-dotted 1.5-inch bullet-shaped beetles and parks officials are going head-to-head in a battle for the city's trees. Two Central Park trees found infested with the Asian longhorned beetle were chopped down on Wednesday and were to be burned in a bid to destroy the eggs buried in the wood, parks department spokeswoman Dana Rubinstein said.
Studies Show Sealants Protect against Arsenic in Wooden Playgrounds, Decks
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
Using an oil- or water-based sealant or stain at least once a year can limit the amount of arsenic in pesticide-treated lumber that can escape and come into contact with people's skin, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mexican Environmental Official Slams Pipeline Maintenance, Says Closure of Ducts Possible
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press
A plan by Mexico's state-owned oil company to fix problem pipelines is "totally insufficient," and authorities may consider closing high-risk ducts threatening spills or explosions, the head of Mexico's environmental protection agency said Thursday.
Man Tries to Revive Honeybee Population
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Rathke, Associated Press
Todd Hardie of Honey Gardens Apiaries is dedicated to his honeybees. In December he and a group of volunteers scooped up 600 hives out of the snow, packed them onto a tractor trailer and drove them south to South Carolina. The bees, threatened by the deadly varroa mite, had a better chance of surviving the winter and thriving down south, he said.
Interim Storage Needed to Supplement Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump, House Subcommittee Says
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press
A House spending panel is directing the Energy Department to start sending nuclear waste to an interim storage site next year, a shift from the Bush administration's focus on the troubled Yucca Mountain dump in Nevada.
In School Cafeterias, Trash Piling High Despite Recycling Efforts
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Ben Feller, Associated Press
As students walk by with their lasagna, snacks and fruit, Sally Oswald sees a cafeteria routine that most parents do not. This is no lunch line. It's a trash line. Students at Hammond Elementary toss away half-eaten apples, untouched sandwiches and portions of pizza slices.
U.S. Virgin Islands Should Use Caribbean Sun, Switch to Solar Energy, Says Official
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press
U.S. Virgin Islands residents ought to switch to solar power because of skyrocketing oil prices, an official said Thursday. The average electricity bill shot up 3.7 percent this month because of the rising cost of oil, which the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority burns to generate power.
ENN Weekly: May 9th - 13th
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors, ENN
ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news May 9 - 13: The financial impact of global warming, a new manmade island project in the works, backpackers rally to clean up in the wake of the tsunami, and schools address lunchtime waste.
Pesticide Appearing in Watershed
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times
Five years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency moved to phase out homeowner sales of diazinon, a popular lawn insecticide that posed human health risks and had shown up at elevated levels in Seattle-area streams.