U.S. Mayors Agree to Adhere to Kyoto Pact
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Caterinicchia, Associated Press
The U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution Monday requiring their cities to try to meet or surpass emissions standards set by the Kyoto Protocol, the international global-warming treaty ratified earlier this year without the United States.
Rare Cave Crawfish Spurs Environment Study
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
The rare cave crawfish, which lives in an area near Elm Springs, Arkansas, has spurred a study of the nearby environment in the hope of preventing development-related changes to the ecosystem that enables the blind crustacean to survive.
Farmer Cuts Herbicide Bill by Adding Soybean Oil to His Weed Killers
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Christine Des Garennes, The News-Gazette
At first, Gene Hood was skeptical. A friend and fellow farmer in Indiana was adding soybean oil to his herbicides. By doing so, he was able to cut back on the amount of weed killers he sprayed on his fields.
Study Shows Fertilizers Harm Freshwater Lakes
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press
Farmers' routine application of chemical fertilizers and manure to the land poses a far greater environmental problem to freshwater lakes than previously thought, potentially polluting the water for hundreds of years, according to research published Monday.
U.S. Senate Begins Debate on Energy Bill on Tuesday
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett and Chris Baltimore, Reuters
The Senate was set to take up a broad, $11 billion energy bill on Tuesday, with lawmakers racing the clock to get a final version to the White House this summer. The legislation aims to boost long-term domestic oil, natural gas and gasoline production, make the U.S. electric grid more reliable and build more nuclear power plants.
Coming Clean in Chesapeake Virginia
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot
Can heavy industry, homes and the environment get along in the same neighborhood? The Elizabeth River Project and University of Virginia representatives think so. The two entities are crafting a plan to revitalize Money Point in Chesapeake, so that this intensely industrialized and neglected community might one day become a healthier, cleaner and greener place to live and do business.
A Grizzly Situation for Wyoming Farmers, Residents: Ecosystem is Close By
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Cara Eastwood, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
Rancher Tom Bales' voice grew thick with emotion as he remembered the day his young daughter walked outside to feed her sheep and started screaming. As Bales rushed out of the house to see what was wrong, he saw what had frightened her: The three market lambs she had raised on bottles were spread around the farmyard in pieces.
Market Operates in Environmentally Friendly Building
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - John Harrington, The Independent Record
Dirk Ellis estimates that he's given three or four tours a day of his Strawhouse Market since opening the doors two-plus weeks ago.Inside, the building features ground source heat pump technology for heating and cooling, with close to two dozen closed wells drilled more than 200 feet into the ground to take advantage of the earth's year-round 52-degree temperature.
Panama Banana Growers Fear EU Tariffs May Spell End
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Powers, Reuters
On an industrial dump outside town, one-time banana worker Giovanni Morales climbs down into a toxic pit with a blunt pickaxe in search of scrap metal. Morales is one of about 9,000 former banana workers in Puerto Armuelles, one of Panama's biggest banana-producing regions, who lost their jobs when the industry took its latest downturn in 2003 due to a disease that ruined the crop.
Ford's Amazon Rubber Town Dreams of a Brighter Future
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter Blackburn, Reuters
Deep in the Amazon rainforest lies what looks a small U.S. Midwestern town, with neat white clapboard bungalows, trim gardens and spacious streets. A closer look at the main street reveals the paint is peeling and the roads have potholes. Instead of cars, there are bicycles and instead of bustle, there is silence.