Notes from Anna: Collapse, by Jared Diamond
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Seluyanova, ENN
This month, Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, And Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, has published his new book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
Judge Rules U.S. Government Wrong to Downgrade Wolf from Endangered to Threatened
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that President George W. Bush administration violated the Endangered Species Act when it relaxed protections on many of the United States' gray wolves.
Study Uncovers New Threatened Ecological Hotspots
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters
A global study has identified nine new environmental "hotspots," areas of great ecological diversity that are under threat and together shelter most of the planet's endangered plant and animal species.
Toyota to Launch World's 1st Hybrid Luxury Vehicle in U.S.
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo
Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will launch the world's first luxury hybrid sport utility vehicle, the Lexus RX 400h, in the United States in April, following a delay caused by soaring demand from environmentally conscious consumers.
Wind Energy a Goal in State
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Chicago Tribune
Less than a month after Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration approved a controversial coal-fired power plant, the governor plans to call for more of the state's electricity to come from wind turbines and other renewable sources.
West Texas Woodlands Make Conservation 'Hot' List
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle
A rugged and mountainous terrain stretching from southern Mexico into the southwestern United States, and including some of West Texas' highest peaks, will officially be named today as one of the most biologically diverse and most severely threatened places on the planet.
Lockyer Sues Over U.S. Timber Plan
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - The Sacramento Bee, Calif.
State Attorney General Bill Lockyer sued the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday in a bid to stop it from scrapping a logging plan for the Sierra Nevada and replacing it with one that he said is designed to maximize logging and profits from 11.5 million acres of California forests.
Students Worldwide to Learn about Louisiana's Vanishing Wetlands
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press
Fourteen-year-old Kristen Magee knows all too well about Louisiana's disappearing wetlands. Her family's fishing camp had lots of land around it five years ago. Now there's almost none.
Conservation Deal Takes Unusual Tack
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Rojas-Burke, The Oregonian
A string of privately owned islands on the Columbia River near Longview, Wash., has been set aside for wildlife conservation, adding to a growing corridor of marshes, forests and flood plains managed by the Vancouver-based Columbia Land Trust.
India Way Down on World Green Index
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - The Times of India
India is all set to be the next economic superpower, but it is still bottom of the class in conserving natural resources and providing clean drinking water. A new environment sustainability index ranks India as one of the worst polluters, rating it 101 of 146 countries when assessed on parameters like air pollution, biodiversity and water quality.