ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news July 24th - 28th: Parks at risk, a tree-cutting ban, primate language skills, not-so-clean air, and much more.
Top Ten Articles of the Week
In the news July 24th - 28th: Parks at risk, a tree-cutting ban, primate language skills, not-so-clean air, and much more.
1. Global Warming Puts Twelve U.S. Parks at Risk
Global warming puts 12 of the most famous U.S. national parks at risk, environmentalists said Tuesday, conjuring up visions of Glacier National Park without glaciers and Yellowstone Park without grizzly bears.
2. Parts of U.S. West Bar Tree-Cutting on Private Land
In Idaho, a state where pine and fir outnumber residents, the loss of several privately owned spruces should hardly excite attention, let alone spark a crusade emblematic of a new trend to protect trees on private land.
3. U.S. Power Group Promoting Global Warming Skeptic
A Colorado electricity cooperative is urging other power groups to support global warming skeptics and has donated $100,000 to a climatologist who has labeled some of his colleagues "alarmists."
4. Amazon Indians Want Court to Speed Up Chevron Case
Lawyers for Amazon Indians embroiled in a $6.1 billion pollution case against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador asked a local court Monday to move faster, a month after the country's government filed its latest accusation against the oil giant in the United States.
5. U.S. House May Link Higher Gas Mileage, Oil Drilling
The House could accept a Senate proposal to boost vehicle mileage requirements as part of legislation to open more offshore areas to oil and natural gas drilling, a key House lawmaker said Tuesday.
6. House Approves Wilderness Bills
The House approved a series of bills Monday to protect national forest land in the West, including the designation of new wilderness areas in three Western states.
7. New Trawling Ban Protects Deep-Sea Alaska Corals
Newly discovered gardens of colorful corals, which bloom about 1,000 feet (305 meters) underwater off Alaska's Aleutian Islands and in the Gulf of Alaska, will get special protection starting Friday.
8. Feds Deny Wyoming Petition to Delist Wolves
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has denied a petition from the state of Wyoming that had asked to remove the gray wolf population in the northern Rocky Mountains from the federal list of threatened and endangered species.
9. Report Faults EPA on Clean Air Regulation
The Environmental Protection Agency has not met 30 percent of the Clean Air Act's requirements and regularly misses deadlines, congressional investigators said Wednesday.
10. Study Hints Language Skills Came Early in Primates
Language centers in the brains of rhesus macaques light up when the monkeys hear calls and screams from fellow monkeys, researchers said in a study that suggests language skills evolved early in primates.
Photo: The James sisters, Goldie (13) and Rachel (11) of Miami Beach, FL were the grand prize winners in the "Eagles Forever" contest sponsored by Earth Justice. This is their vision of why the bald eagles' comeback is important to America.