ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news August 28th - September 1st: One year post-Katrina, a landmark bill in California, searching for tigers, a coal boom, and much more.
Top Ten Articles of the Week
In the news August 28th - September 1st: One year post-Katrina, a landmark bill in California, searching for tigers, a coal boom, and much more.
1. Bush Marks Katrina Anniversary, Says Recovery Is Just Beginning
President Bush said Monday the huge job of rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina was just beginning a year after the massive storm but expressed hope that the $110 billion of help sent from Washington would be enough.
2. Schwarzenegger Reaches Deal on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
California would become the first state to impose a limit on all greenhouse gas emissions, including those from industrial plants, under a landmark deal reached Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative Democrats.
3. Illegal Trade in 'Get Rich' Algae Expands Deserts
Facai (pronounced fa-tsai) is a blue-green algae that grows in the sandy semi-desert of western China, anchoring the fine soil in place and retaining moisture to support other plants in an area struggling to stop the desert expanding. Its name sounds almost identical to characters meaning "get rich."
4. U.S. State CO2 Laws Won't Prevent Coal Boom
U.S. states' plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could lead to little change in national carbon output, simply pushing coal-fired power plants and other dirty industries to relocate in states without rules, experts said on Thursday.
5. Inmates Shave Heads to Mop up Philippine Oil Spill
Thousands of prisoners have been shaving their heads and chests to donate hair to help mop up the Philippines' worst oil spill, officials said on Wednesday. The collection was in response to a nationwide drive by the government to amass tonnes of hair and feathers to absorb more than 200,000 litres of industrial fuel that leaked from a tanker when it sank off the central island of Guimaras.
6. Rich Nations' Greenhouse Gases Up, Despite Kyoto
Industrialised nations' emissions of greenhouse gases edged up to the highest level in more than a decade in 2004 despite curbs meant to fight global warming, data compiled by Reuters showed on Thursday.
7. Bolivia Revokes Concessions in National Parks
Bolivian President Evo Morales stepped up his nationalization campaign Saturday by announcing the withdrawal of energy and forestry concessions inside some 20 national parks. Morales was elected on a platform of nationalization of natural resources, land redistribution and support for coca leaf production.
8. Pledges of $3.1 Billion for Environment Project 'Too Little'
Government promises of US$3.1 billion (euro2.42 billion) for conservation projects over the next four years are far too little to offset the damage being wreaked by climate change, organizers of an environmental summit said Wednesday.
9. Acid Rain Affects Large Swathes of China
Acid rain caused by sulphur dioxide spewed from factories and power plants affected a third of China's vast land mass last year, posing a threat to food safety, Xinhua news agency said citing a parliamentary report.
10. Thousands Search for India's Tigers
ens of thousands of forest workers are fanning out across India's jungles and national parks to count the country's endangered tigers, officials said on Friday. India has half the world's surviving tigers, but conservationists say the country is losing the battle to save the big cats.
Photo: An iceberg in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. Credit: Patrick Rowe/National Science Foundation/U.S. Antarctic Program.