ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news June 26th - 30th: Carbon offsetters, a Supreme environmental case, offshore drilling revisited, baby rhino tracks, and much more.
The Week's Top Ten Articles
In the news June 26th - 30th: Carbon offsetters, a Supreme environmental case, offshore drilling revisited, baby rhino tracks, and much more.
1. Supreme Court Will Hear Important Environment Case
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider whether the Bush administration must regulate carbon dioxide to combat global warming, setting up what could be one of the court's most important decisions on the environment.
2. Al Gore, Dave Matthews Band, Corporations Offsetting Pollution
By putting money toward renewable energy sources, paying for more efficient cooking stoves in developing countries or other green activities, you can "offset" an equal amount of CO2 emissions. Offset everything you do, as Al Gore and others do, and you can reach the goal of becoming "carbon-neutral."
3. House Lifts Offshore Drilling Ban, but a Battle Looms in Senate
Congress has taken a major step toward allowing oil and gas drilling in coastal waters that have been off limits for a quarter-century. Still, a battle looms in the Senate over the issue.
4. Denmark to Set Up Ice Cap Stations
Denmark is to set up seven unmanned measuring stations along the edge of Greenland's vast ice cap, to monitor how fast the frozen sheet covering the massive island is thinning, Environment Minister Connie Hedegaard announced Friday.
5. U.S. Forest Service Workers Report Growing Dangers on the Job
For America's forest rangers, the serenity of the woods increasingly is giving way to confrontations with unruly visitors. Attacks, threats and lesser altercations involving Forest Service workers reached an all-time high last year.
6. Big Three Cars Emit 230 Million Tons of Greenhouse Gas
Cars built by the Big Three automakers gave off 230 million metric tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the United States in a year, more than the biggest U.S. electric utility, environmental researchers said Wednesday.
7. Connecticut Scientists Investigate Marsh Die-Off
Something is killing New England's salt marshes, and scientists are trying to figure out how large the problem is, and how to stop it. Parts of the marshes, normally teeming with cord grass, fish and birds have turned mud brown and bare of life except for fiddler crabs.
8. GAO Says EPA Suffers from Chronic Management Problems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not enforce clean air and water laws consistently and is crippled by sloppy record keeping, the investigative arm of Congress told a Senate panel.
9. U.S. Has Duty to Lead on Global Warming
The United States -- the world's richest and most polluting nation -- has a moral duty to take the lead in tackling catastrophic global warming instead of denying it is happening, a leading scientist said on Monday.
10. Baby Rhino Tracks in Malaysia Raise Hopes
Rangers sighted tracks of a baby Sumatran rhino in the heart of Borneo's jungles, raising hopes for the survival of a species pushed to the brink of extinction by poaching and habitat destruction, conservationists said.
Photo: Canada goose hatchlings. Credit: Tim Bowman/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.