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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Environmental News Service Summary (17th-30th September)

Environmental News Service Summary (17th-30th September)

Date : 30th September 2002, Source : ENS


17th September 2002

BLAZING SHIP SPILLS OIL NEAR SOUTH AFRICAN WETLAND

RICHARDS BAY, South Africa, September 17, 2002 (ENS) - September 17, 2002 (ENS) - Cracks are opening in the hull of a burning Italian cargo ship grounded offshore of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park on South Africa's east coast. An estimated 450 metric tons of oil have already spilled from the vessel into the waters near the country's first World Heritage Site, but so far the fragile wetland environment has been spared.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-17-04.asp



NEW AIR POLLUTION RULES TARGET OFF ROAD VEHICLES

WASHINGTON, DC, September 17, 2002 (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued new emission standards for the engines of off road vehicles including snowmobiles, motorcycles, all terrain vehicles and recreational diesel powered boats. Environmental groups say the new standards fail to protect human health and the environment, and fail to meet clean technology requirements established by the federal Clean Air Act.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-17-06.asp



18th September 2002

MIGRATORY BIRDS AND ANIMALS CHAMPIONED IN BONN

BONN, Germany, September 18, 2002 (ENS) - Climate change is a "huge threat to migratory species," and we must do everything possible to limit this change, German Environment Minister Juergen Trittin told delegates from 80 countries and environmental groups at today's opening of a global conference on the conservation of migratory species.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-18-01.asp



CANADIAN FIRM PAID BRIBES TO WIN LESOTHO DAM JOB

MASERU, Lesotho, September 18, 2002 (ENS) - Advocates of corporate accountability are pointing to the sweeping implications of a landmark verdict delivered Tuesday by the High Court in the tiny kingdom of Lesotho that a Canadian multinational company was guilty of paying bribes to win contracts on a dam project.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-18-02.asp



SCIENTISTS MAP GLOBAL AIR POLLUTION

GREENBELT, Maryland, September 18, 2002 (ENS) - Scientists from the United States and France are beginning to tease out how much of the fine particle pollution in the atmosphere is caused by humans, and how much comes from natural sources. The precise global maps produced by the researchers could help clarify the role that human pollution plays in the world's weather and climate.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-18-06.asp



HELSINKI BUS RULING OPENS DOOR TO GREEN CONTRACTS

BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 18, 2002 (ENS) - Environmental campaigners have hailed a European court decision supporting Helsinki City Council's purchase of a fleet of low pollution buses as a "landmark" development in their efforts to green public procurement law in the European Union.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-18-03.asp



19th September 2002

ST. LUCIA PARK BARRICADED AGAINST SHIPWRECK SPILL

RICHARDS BAY, South Africa, September 19, 2002 (ENS) - Parks workers from the state of Kwa-Zulu Natal have reinforced a natural barrier at the mouth of the St. Lucia River to keep oil spilling from a grounded cargo ship from fouling the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park. Conservationists say this latest oil spill should be a signal to world's governments and shipping companies to improve standards of ship maintenance and crew competence.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-19-04.asp



VIETNAM TAKES STOCK OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION

HANOI, Vietnam, September 19, 2002 (ENS) - In the last 50 years, Vietnam's natural forest cover has shrunk from 43 to 29 percent of land area, there is an acute shortage of arable land, and habitat loss has led to a rise in the number of threatened species. These facts are described in a new World Bank report issued Wednesday, "Vietnam Environment Monitor 2002."

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-19-02.asp



20th September 2002

ENVIRONMENT PROPOSED FOR COSTA RICAN CONSTITUTION

By Alejandra Herranz

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, September 20, 2002 (ENS) - President Abel Pacheco is proposing to include environmental guarantees in the Costa Rican constitution. The text sent to the Legislative Assembly Monday establishes the right of the public and of individuals to a healthy environment and sets forth their environmental obligations.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-20-03.asp



23rd September 2002

FOSSIL FUEL BURNING BLAMED FOR PARKS AIR POLLUTION

WASHINGTON, DC, September 23, 2002 (ENS) - The air above five of America's most famous national parks is often more polluted than that of many urban areas, finds a new report released today by three conservation groups. The National Park Service countered with its own report, finding that the results of a 10 year study show that air quality is improving or remaining stable in more than half of the national parks monitored.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-23-06.asp



WORLD'S LARGEST EAGLE TO BENEFIT FROM DEBT SWAP

MANILA, Phillipines, September 23, 2002 (ENS) - In a new debt-for-nature swap agreement signed here Thursday, the United States will provide $5.5 million to cancel a portion of the Philippines' debt to the United States. In return, the Philippine government will fund tropical forest conservation activities through local non-governmental organizations in the Philippines.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-23-03.asp



24th September 2002

FEDERAL COMMISSION DESCRIBES TROUBLED OCEANS

By Cat Lazaroff

WASHINGTON, DC, September 24, 2002 (ENS) - The world's oceans are in trouble, concludes a new, interim report from a federal commission on ocean policies. The midterm report from the congressionally mandated U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy raises more questions than it answers, but it marks the first step toward developing a comprehensive, long range national ocean and coastal policy.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-24-06.asp



SIX WHALE SPECIES PROTECTED UNDER MIGRATORY TREATY

BONN, Germany, September 24, 2002 (ENS) - Six species of great whales are now listed for protection under an international treaty known as the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Delegates from 80 nations that are Parties to the treaty wound up a week long conference here today by approving Australia's proposal to list the six whale species as well as the orca and the Ganges River dolphin.
http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-24-04.asp



25th September 2002

MEXICO'S DRY FORESTS MAY YIELD NEW MEDICINES

By Katiana Murillo

MEXICO CITY, Mexico, September 25, 2002 (ENS) - For generations, the dry forests of San Luis Potosí state in northern Mexico have provided residents with medicinal plants, including "cabezona," (Grindelia palmeri) used to treat inflammations, and "flor de acocotillo" (Prionosciadium watsoni) sure to soothe a stomach ache.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-25-03.asp



26th September 2002

STATE OF THE NATION'S ECOSYSTEMS: DATA MISSING

WASHINGTON, DC, September 26, 2002 (ENS) - There are major gaps in what is known about the nation's lands, waters and living resources, a new environmental study concludes. The report, based on five years of intensive research, proposes periodic reporting on a list of key ecological indicators that could aid in future environmental and land management policy decision.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-26-06.asp



INSIDE MALAWI'S FOOD CRISIS

By Charles Mkoka

BLANTYRE, Malawi, September 26, 2002 (ENS) - "Yes, we have had famine before. This year it has been very severe because we had nowhere else to go and seek assistance," laments Patrick Katosa, a peasant farmer from Chibungo village in the Lilongwe rural district of Malawi.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-26-04.asp



ITALY PLANS TO INCINERATE MORE WASTE

ROME, Italy, September 26, 2002 (ENS) - The share of Italian waste being incinerated is too low and must be quadrupled for the country to comply with existing legislation, according to experts from industry, local authorities and the environment agency meeting in Milan last week.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-26-05.asp



27th September 2002

SOOT LINKED TO FLOODING, DROUGHT, GLOBAL WARMING

WASHINGTON, DC, September 27, 2002 (ENS) - Large amounts of black carbon or soot particles and other pollutants are causing changes in precipitation and temperatures over China, a new study suggests. The study's authors say soot pollution may be at least partially responsible for the tendency toward increased floods and droughts in Asian regions over the last several decades.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-27-06.asp



PNG GROUPS URGE WORLD BANK TO KEEP LOGGING REVIEWS

By Bob Burton

CANBERRA, Australia, September 27, 2002 (ENS) - Papua New Guinea environmental and community development groups fear the World Bank will buckle to lobbying by the logging industry and agree to retreat from commitments it made to protect landowners and environmental values of the country's rainforests.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-27-02.asp



30th September 2002

ANTARCTIC OZONE HOLE SHRINKS, DIVIDES IN TWO

GREENBELT, Maryland, September 30, 2002 (ENS) - The ozone hole over the Antarctic this September is not only smaller than it was in 2000 and 2001, but has split into two separate holes, according to scientists in the United States and Europe.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-30-03.asp



INDIA TO WELCOME CLIMATE CHANGE DELEGATES

NEW DELHI, India, September 30, 2002 (ENS) - The next step in global action to deal with a warming climate will be taken in New Delhi in October when the countries that are Parties to the United Nations climate treaty meet to prepare for the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-30-01.asp



AUTO EXECS CALL FOR ACCEPTANCE OF GREENER VEHICLES

PARIS, France, September 30, 2002 (ENS) - The heads of 13 of the world's largest car and truck manufacturers have issued a joint statement calling for greater uptake of diesel over gasoline powered vehicles, quicker introduction of greener fuels and worldwide harmonization of technical rules for car emissions.

http://ens-news.com/ens/sep2002/2002-09-30-04.asp






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