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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Environmental News Service (9th-16th September)

Environmental News Service (9th-16th September)

Date : 16th September 2002, Source : ENS


GENERATOR'S CASH CRUNCH TESTS UK NUCLEAR POLICY

LONDON, UK, September 9, 2002 (ENS) - A cash crisis at the UK's largest nuclear electricity generator today forced the government to pledge up to 410 million (US$638 million) in emergency funding, that may be followed by a longer term restructuring program.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-09-02.asp


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ICC UNLIKELY TO TOUCH MILITARY ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME

WASHINGTON, DC, September 9, 2002 (ENS) - The International Criminal Court is not likely to prosecute environmental crimes due to military actions, a new report prepared for the U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute concludes. It examines the possibilities of environmental damage during military action becoming a criminal liability for military personnel and/or their contractors before the newly formed International Criminal Court (ICC).

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-09-03.asp


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U.S. EPA SEEKS TO BOOST RECYCLING

AUSTIN, Texas, September 9, 2002 (ENS) - The Bush administration today launched a new campaign to help boost recycling of materials ranging from metals to plastics to paper. The initiative, which also aims to slash the generation of toxic chemicals, was announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the National Recycling Coalition's 21st Annual Congress and Exposition in Austin.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-09-06.asp


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$200 BILLION WOULD COVER WATER, SANITATION FOR ALL

BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 9, 2002 (ENS) - It would cost US$200 billion to supply clean drinking water and sanitation for every village, town and city on the planet, says European Union President Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark. The EU has launched a program to accomplish that goal starting with Africa, eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia through Water for Life partnernship agreements.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-09-01.asp


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ANTARCTIC MARINE LIFE VULNERABLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

CAMBRIDGE, UK, September 10, 2002 (ENS) - Global warming is changing the life patterns of marine species in Antarctica as fast, if not faster than anyplace on Earth, say scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Thousands of Antarctic marine species, adapted to constant temperatures for millions of years, now appear to be uniquely vulnerable in the face of predicted temperature change, new research reveals.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-10-04.asp


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WEST NILE VIRUS FOUND IN SASKATCHEWAN HORSES

REGINA, Saskatchewan, Canada, September 10, 2002 (ENS) - Six horses in Saskatchewan have been diagnosed with West Nile virus, according to officials at the Saskatchewan Agriculture, Food and Rural Revitalization's animal health unit. This is the first confirmed case of equine West Nile virus in the province and marks the farthest west that the virus has been found in Canada.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-10-03.asp


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ZAMBIA FEEDS REFUGEES ON TRANSGENIC U.S. CORN
By Singy Hanyona

LUSAKA, Zambia, September 10, 2002 (ENS) - The Zambian government and World Food Programme (WFP) have agreed to feed over 130,000 refugees from war-torn neighboring countries with genetically modified food aid from the United States. The decision comes a month after the Zambian government categorically refused to accept the transgenic maize [corn] for its own starving people who are suffering the worst drought in a decade.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-10-01.asp


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EUROPE TO BOOST SECURITY OF OIL AND GAS SUPPLY

BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 11, 2002 (ENS) - The European Union's executive branch today adopted two proposals for laws aimed at modernizing and improving the security of the EU's oil and gas supply. European Community mechanisms put in place at the beginning of the 1970s are seen as obsolete in the context of an increasingly integrated internal energy market among the 15 EU nations.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-11-01.asp


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WYOMING RIVER PROTECTED FROM OLD TEXACO REFINERY

SHERIDAN, Wyoming, September 11, 2002 (ENS) - After a seven year legal battle with Texaco to clean up the North Platte River below an old refinery site near Casper, Wyoming, compliance with the Clean Water Act has been achieved, the Sierra Club announced today.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-11-04.asp


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ZAMBIA'S GM FOOD FOR REFUGEES POLICY IN DISARRAY
By Dickson Jere

LUSAKA, Zambia, September 11, 2002 (ENS) - Confusion reigned Wednesday over Zambia's policy against distributing genetically modified (GM) grain from the United States to parts of the population affected by a severe hunger crisis, after claims by a United Nations humanitarian agency that it received the go-ahead to deliver GM maize to refugees.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-11-02.asp


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SNAKE RIVER DAMS TO BE IMPROVED, NOT BREACHED

PORTLAND, Oregon, September 12, 2002 (ENS) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to improve fish passages at four dams on the lower Snake River, rather than removing the dams entirely, to boost the survival of dwindling salmon populations. The decision comes on the heels of a new study suggesting that dam removal would create jobs and leave the Northwestern economy unharmed.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-12-07.asp


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WEST GREENLAND BELUGA WHALES AT RISK OF EXTINCTION

TROMSO, Norway, September 12, 2002 (ENS) - Beluga whales in West Greenland waters are too few in number to continue with present harvesting levels, according to a newly published assessment by the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO). Present harvests are several times the sustainable yield, and, if continued, will likely lead to extinction of these white whales "within 20 years," warns a scientific committee of the commission.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-12-01.asp


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AFGHAN TASK FORCE EMBARKS ON ASSESSMENT MISSION

KABUL, Afghanistan, September 12, 2002 (ENS) - Five teams of scientists left Kabul this morning to begin the first assessment of the damage to Afghanistan's environment inflicted by 30 years of conflict. Under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) the 20 Afghani and international experts will identify urban pollution hotspots, and determine the legal and ecological status of the remaining wetlands and forested areas.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-12-02.asp


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EXPERTS: GLOBAL TREATY TO LIMIT MERCURY NEEDED

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 13, 2002 (ENS) - World governments should launch talks for a legally binding treaty to limit mercury damage to human and ecosystem health, an international group of 150 scientists advised today.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-13-03.asp


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B.C. LIFTS MORATORIUM ON NEW FISH FARMS

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada, September 13, 2002 (ENS) - The government of British Columbia has lifted a six year moratorium on permitting new fish farms for salmon aquaculture. Over the objections of environmental groups who say open net cages contribute to disease and dilution of wild salmon genes, the government says it has put regulations in place that will allow "sustainable growth" of the aquaculture industry.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-13-04.asp


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KENYA ARMS WILDLIFE WARDENS WITH POWERFUL WEAPONS
By Jennifer Wanjiru

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 13, 2002 (ENS) - Kenya has decided to equip its game wardens with new AK-101 and AK-102 Kalashnikov automatic rifles, replacing the old AK-47 and G-3 rifles which had been used by the Kenya Wildlife Service rangers for the past 10 years.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-13-02.asp


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ELEPHANT DUNG HINTS AT NEW AFRICAN SPECIES

SAN DIEGO, California, September 13, 2002 (ENS) - Genetic evidence extracted from elephant dung has revealed that a previously unknown type of elephant is roaming the African forests and plains. Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have used DNA to show that the elephants of west Africa are genetically distinct from the continent's two known elephant types.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-13-06.asp


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VULNERABLE OZONE LAYER IN SLOW RECOVERY

PARIS, France, September 16, 2002 (ENS) - The Earth's stratospheric ozone layer is recovering from the effect of chemical emissions, but it will remain vulnerable during the next decade, even if countries comply with international agreements to protect it, predicts a new scientific report released to mark International Ozone Day.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-16-01.asp


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SOUTH AFRICA SAYS SUMMIT PROFITABLE

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 16, 2002 (ENS) - Adding up what delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development spent on accommodation, transport, food and beverages, plus private sector investment, the summit generated more than eight billion rand (US$745.6 million) for South Africa, tourism officials say. "The results exceeded all expectations," said South African Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Valli Moosa.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-16-03.asp


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CHAD-CAMEROON PIPELINE GETS WORLD BANK OK

WASHINGTON, DC, September 16, 2002 (ENS) - The construction of a 650 mile long buried pipeline to carry oil from landlocked Chad in central Africa to Cameroon's Atlantic coast is one step closer to reality over the objections of environmental and human rights groups.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-16-02.asp


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CALIFORNIA PASSES STRONG RENEWABLES STANDARD

SACRAMENTO, California, September 16, 2002 (ENS) - California has passed a bill establishing a statewide renewable energy portfolio, and requiring electricity retailers to increase their use of renewable resources by at least one percent per year. By 2017, retailers must produce at least 20 percent of their retail electricity sales from renewable sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-16-06.asp


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