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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Environmental News Network News Summary (18th-27th September)

Environmental News Network News Summary (18th-27th September)

Date : 27th September 2002, Source : ENN


18th September 2002

WEB TOOL SHOWS PRINT MEDIA IMPACT ON WORLDS FORESTS

The Magazine PAPER Project has launched a new Web-based calculator that offers magazine publishers and readers the opportunity to calculate the number of trees that are logged as a result of printing any particular U.S. magazine on non-recycled paper. Currently, less than 5 percent of U.S. magazine paper has any recycled content, a practice that consumes about 35 million trees each year. The Paper Wizard can present a sophisticated calculation or a close estimate of the trees logged for any magazine, depending upon the level of detail in the publishing information entered into the Wizard.

Source: GreenBiz.com

http://enn.com/news/enn-stories/2002/09/09182002/s_48399.asp


WORKERS TRY NEW TACK TO MINIMIZE DAMAGE FROM SINKING OIL TANKER

Salvage workers decided Tuesday to abandon their efforts to refloat a blazing ship grounded off South Africa's coast after discovering the vessel's cracks were worsening. Instead, the workers will focus on pumping oil off the ship in an effort to protect an ecologically sensitive estuary nearby before the ship breaks up, officials from SMIT Salvage said Tuesday.

Source: Associated Press

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09182002/ap_48455.asp


ANTARCTIC OZONE HOLE COULD CLOSE BY 2050, SCIENTIST REPORTS

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica may close within 50 years, as the level of destructive ozone-depleting CFCs in the atmosphere is now declining,one of the world's leading atmospheric scientists said on Tuesday. Paul Fraser with the Australian government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) reported that ozone-depleting gases in the upper atmosphere had been at or near their peak in 2000, but the world was making steady progress towards the recovery of the ozone layer.

Source: Reuters

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09182002/reu_48450.asp


UK NUCLEAR WASTE UNLOADED AMID PROTESTS, SECURITY

A controversial nuclear waste shipment began the last stage of a two-month journey to England's Sellafield reprocessing plant on Tuesday amid protests and heavy security. More than 100 police were on standby as the waste -- which has provoked confrontation at sea and on land with antinuclear protesters -- was lifted cask by cask from the freighter that transported it on an 18,000-mile voyage from Japan.

Source: Reuters

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09182002/reu_48449.asp


19th September 2002

WORLD BANK SAYS VIETNAM'S ENVIRONMENT IS RAPIDLY DETERIORATING

The Vietnamese natural environment, which supports one of the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems, has deteriorated rapidly over the past 10 years, the World Bank said in a report released Wednesday. Vietnam is home to about 10 percent of the world's species, said the report, titled "Vietnam Environment Monitor 2002." Yet, of Vietnam's endemic species, 28 percent of mammals, 10 percent of birds, and 21 percent of reptile and amphibian species are now endangered, mainly because of habitat loss and hunting, the report said.

Source: Associated Press

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09192002/ap_48476.asp


ALIEN NORTHERN SNAKEHEAD FISH KILLED, MARYLAND STARTS REHABILITATING POISONED PONDS

Tests show that a breeding population of the voracious northern snakehead fish has been wiped out, and Maryland wildlife officials have started rehabilitating the pond where the alien invaders were found. State biologists have found the bodies of six adult snakeheads and more than 1,000 juveniles since they sprayed the fish poison rotenone on the 4-acre pond about two weeks ago. The fish were descendants of just one pair dropped into the pond two years ago by a man who had bought them at a New York market.

Source: Associated Press

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09192002/ap_48473.asp


STOCKPILES OF PESTICIDES IN AFRICA ARE DANGEROUS, U.N. AGENCY WARNS

Toxic waste from some 120,000 tons of unused pesticides in Africa is threatening peoples' health and the environment, a U.N. food agency said Wednesday. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization expressed concern about stockpiles of pesticide which can no longer be used because its potency has expired or which has leaked into soil from corroded steel drums and other containers.

Source: Associated Press

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09192002/ap_48474.asp


20th September 2002

COSTA RICA JUST SAYS NO TO OIL DEVELOPMENT

In El Salvador this month, Costa Rican foreign trade minister Alberto Trejos met with government officials from throughout Central America to discuss regional priorities for evolving U.S.-Central American free trade agreements. While environmentalists around the world have warned that environmentalism and free trade typically don't mix well, the citizens of Costa Rica which many consider an environmental leader because of its extensive system of national parks and protected areas have reason to be confident.

Source: Environmental News Network

http://enn.com/news/enn-stories/2002/09/09202002/s_48254.asp


IMF PROTESTS WILL TEST ANTIGLOBALIZATION MOVEMENT

Thousands of protesters demanding a better deal for the world's poorest countries are expected to converge on Washington next week during the IMF annual meetings in what may prove a litmus test for the antiglobalization movement in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Between 5,000 and 25,000 people are expected to join rallies, traffic blockades, and attempts to "quarantine the IMF and World Bank" during the meetings of the global lenders and a gathering of finance ministers from the Group of Seven wealthy countries, said Police Sgt. Joe Gentile.

Source: Reuters

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09202002/reu_48482.asp


THREE MEN ARRESTED FOR SHIPPING PLASTIC WASTE INTO CAMBODIA

Three men have been arrested for illegally shipping plastic bags and other garbage into Cambodia in the latest crackdown on the importation of banned waste, officials said this week. Police discovered more than 64 tons of plastic waste stashed in five shipping containers during a raid on a Phnom Penh dock on Tuesday.

Source: Associated Press

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09202002/ap_48477.asp


MEXICO CITY DECLARES AIR POLLUTION EMERGENCY, ORDERS 350,000 CARS OFF THE STREETS

Hundreds of thousands of cars were ordered off Mexico City streets Thursday as the city declared its first pollution alert in almost three years after ozone levels reached about 2.5 times acceptable limits. The one-day driving ban may be extended if the smog does not dissipate.

Source: Associated Press

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09202002/ap_48484.asp


CRUISE SHIP INDUSTRY RETURNS TO MONTEREY BAY WITH A PROMISE NOT TO POLLUTE

To the dismay of environmentalists, a cruise ship docked off this picturesque city for the first time in five years after promises to keep the waters feeding the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary clean. A small group of protesters gathered Wednesday at Fisherman's Wharf, fearing that trash would be tossed from the Royal Caribbean ship and oily bilge water and sewage disgorged. "If cruise ships are allowed to dump anything, they usually dump everything," said Kaitilin Gaffney, a program manager for the Washington-based Ocean Conservancy.

Source: Associated Press

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09202002/ap_48485.asp


24th September 2002

U.S. HOUSE DEMOCRAT WARNS AGAINST IRAQ-ANWR OIL LINK

A senior House Democrat on Monday warned the Bush administration and the U.S. oil industry against using the threat of war in Iraq as justification for opening an Alaskan wilderness area to oil and gas drilling. Later this week, House-Senate negotiators on a major energy bill are expected to debate whether to open the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development. The idea is a centerpiece of the White House's energy policy.

Source: Reuters

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09242002/reu_48497.asp


25th September 2002

BRITAIN BACKS NEW MOBILE PHONE RECYCLING PROGRAM

A British company launched a program Tuesday to recycle some of the 15 million mobile phones and phone accessories discarded here every year. The plan is part of an effort to keep phones from clogging landfills when owners upgrade to new models. A European Union directive makes phone producers and distributors responsible for taking back and recycling old handsets and accessories by 2004.

Source: Associated Press

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09252002/ap_48525.asp


26th September 2002

ERITREANS HOPE FOR AID AS DROUGHT SHRIVELS EARTH

Skinny goats stagger around in baking heat searching for food among the carcasses of other animals already defeated by hunger and thirst. Sitting on a low stool at a tea house beneath a cloudless sky, 75-year-old pastoralist Haj Osman Mohammed shakes his head.

Source: Reuters

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09262002/reu_48533.asp


OFFICIALS WARN AGAINST DEGRADING ENVIRONMENT ALONG MEKONG BASIN

Senior officials from six Asian nations were warned Wednesday against pursuing prosperity at the expense of the environment. New approaches are needed to protect the environment in the countries through which the Mekong River flows, said Myoung-Ho Shin, vice-president of the Asia Development Bank.

Source: Associated Press

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09262002/ap_48537.asp


YUCATAN PENINSULA'S NATURE RESERVES, MAYAN RUINS WEATHER HURRICANE ISIDORE'S FURY

The Yucatan peninsula's centuries-old Mayan ruins, delicate nature reserves, and intricate ecosystems appeared to have survived the devastation of Hurricane Isidore in some cases fairing better than modern structures, which were uprooted, leveled, or washed away. Archaeologists fanned out for emergency inspections of hundreds of Mayan ruins late Tuesday. While their assessments were only preliminary, they were encouraged by what they found, said Carlos Macedonio of the Yucatan state archaeology office.

Source: Associated Press

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09262002/ap_48539.asp


27th September 2002

STUDY SAYS BLACK CARBON EMISSIONS IN CHINA AND INDIA HAVE CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS

Black carbon soot from coal burning, diesel engines, open fires, and other sources is contributing to global warming and climate change in China and India, researchers report. A study appearing in Friday's issue of the Science magazine is based on computer modeling at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies by researchers Surabi Menon and James Hansen.

Source: Associated Press

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/09/09272002/ap_48549.asp





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