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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Environmental News Service (11th-29th November)

Environmental News Service (11th-29th November)

Date : 29th November 2002, Source : ENS



U.S. SURPRISES CITES WITH SUPPORT OF IVORY TRADE

SANTIAGO, Chile, November 11, 2002 (ENS) - Members of the international nongovernmental coalition Species Survival Network were "shocked" to hear the United States offer a plan today that would allow for a renewed international commercial trade in stockpiled elephant ivory within the next three years.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-11-05.asp



NEW HOPE FOR RENEWAL OF AFRICA'S DESERT MARGINS

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 11, 2002 (ENS) - Traditional, indigenous knowledge and modern land management techniques will be wedded in a new $50 million program to heal dying and degraded lands on the margins of Africa's deserts. These lands account for about five percent of Africa's` land area and are home to an estimated 22 million people.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-11-02.asp



BOTSWANA DENIES DIAMONDS FORCED BUSHMEN OFF RESERVE

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 11, 2002 (ENS) - The Botswana government has denied that diamonds were behind the controversial relocation of the Basarwa bushmen from the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve, and has accused British advocacy group Survival International of a "campaign of deception."

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-11-03.asp



ELEPHANT IVORY SALES APPROVED FOR THREE NATIONS

SANTIAGO, Chile, November 12, 2002 (ENS) - Parties to the treaty that regulates international wildlife trade today made an exception to a 13 year long global ban on commercial trade in elephant ivory, voting to allow one time ivory sales by Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The 160 member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) made its approvals conditional on a strict regime for controlling the controversial sales.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-12-01.asp



KILLER TORNADOS CLAIM 36 LIVES ACROSS U.S. SOUTHEAST

WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2002 (ENS) - At least 36 people lost their lives as wave after wave of tornados crashed across the southeastern states from late Saturday night through early Monday morning. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the death toll is expected to rise as hundreds are still reported missing throughout five states.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-12-03.asp



UNESCO'S WORLD NETWORK OF BIOSPHERE RESERVES EXPANDS

PARIS, France, November 12, 2002 (ENS) - Rare and endangered ecosystems unique to Algeria's Atlas Mountains, five new sites in the Russian Federation, and all the remnants of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest are among the areas newly designated for protection by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-12-02.asp



STAPLES PLANS MOVE TO RECYCLED PAPER

WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2002 (ENS) - In what could mark the beginning of a shift in how the paper industry does business, office supply giant Staples, Inc. today committed to bold steps aimed at reducing its consumption of paper products made from endangered forests. The company's new environmental paper procurement policy has won the endorsement of conservation groups that have spent years drawing attention to Staples' impact on the world's surviving virgin forests.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-12-06.asp



BUSH OPENS YELLOWSTONE TO MORE SNOWMOBILES

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, November 13, 2002 (ENS) - The Bush administration has reversed a ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, despite widespread support for the measure and 10 years of research detailing the negative impact from the machines on the health of the parks and their employees.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-13-10.asp



FLORIDA CORALS DESIGNATED AS SENSITIVE SEA AREA

WASHINGTON, DC, November 13, 2002 (ENS) - The U.S. is designating new protections for more than 3,000 square nautical miles around the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to help safeguard the region's sensitive and vulnerable coral reefs. The measure, the first in U.S. waters and only the fifth worldwide, is intended to reduce the threat of large foreign flagged ships damaging coral reefs, sea grass meadows and mangrove forests in the area.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-13-06.asp



$100M BIOCARBON FUND AIMS TO LIMIT GLOBAL WARMING

WASHINGTON, DC, November 13, 2002 (ENS) - The poorest farmers and rural communities across the developing world will earn income from land management practices that keep the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere under a new multi-million carbon fund launched by the World Bank.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-13-03.asp



TANKER OILS ATLANTIC OFF SPAIN'S COAST OF DEATH

MADRID, Spain, November 14, 2002 (ENS) - An oil tanker carrying a cargo of some 77,000 metric tons of fuel oil is in trouble off an environmentally sensitive section of the Spanish coast, and it has spilled an undetermined amount of oil into the sea.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-14-02.asp



UNESCO ASKED TO SAVE VENICE AND LAGOON FROM DIKES

VENICE, Italy, November 14, 2002 (ENS) - On the 30th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, Salvare Venezia con la Laguna (Save Venice with its Lagoon) a coalition of environmental groups and citizens, today called on UNESCO's World Heritage Congress meeting here to support immediate measures to protect Venice from the Italian government's plan to prevent flooding.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-14-01.asp



CITES DELEGATES VOTE TO SHIELD ENDANGERED SPECIES

SANTIAGO, Chile, November 15, 2002 (ENS) - Environmentalists have declared major victories at the United Nations conference on trade in endangered species. Landmark decisions today to protect mahogany and the entire genus of the seahorse, along with a last minute decision in favor of regulating the trade of basking and whale sharks, capped the two week conference, which also saw a resounding defeat of Japanese efforts to increase whaling.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-15-11.asp



OZONE SETTLEMENT COULD HELP CLEAR THE AIR

WASHINGTON, DC, November 15, 2002 (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to determine, by April 2004, which areas of the country are not meeting 1997 federal standards for ozone air pollution. The agency announced a settlement this week in a federal lawsuit brought by a coalition of environmental and public health groups over the EPA's implementation of the 1997 program.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-15-06.asp



U.S. STATES COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE ON THEIR OWN

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, November 15, 2002 (ENS) - With the U.S. federal government dragging its feet on addressing the Earth's warming climate, some states are not waiting for the feds to tell them what to do. State action on the issue has been intensifying in the past few years, according to a new report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change released Thursday.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-15-10.asp



CAUCUSUS LAND, WATERS AT RISK ALONG PIPELINE ROUTE

TBILISI, Georgia, November 15, 2002 (ENS) - Environmental organizations across the Caucusus region are expressing concern about implementation and enforcement of environmental safeguards along the route chosen for construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline. The pipeline will carry oil from the Caspian Sea region to the Mediterranean for export onto world markets.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-15-01.asp



CONTROVERSIAL NAVY SONAR CLEARED FOR LIMITED TESTING

SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 18, 2002 (ENS) - A federal judge has lifted a worldwide ban on the U.S. Navy's experimental new sonar system, clearing the way for limited testing of the controversial system. The judge approved an agreement reached by the Navy and a coalition of environmental groups who seek to limit the sonar's potential impacts on marine mammals.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-18-06.asp



UK PLANS WASTE TRADING TO LIMIT LANDFILLING

LONDON, UK, November 18, 2002 (ENS) - The Blair government Friday unveiled details of draft legislation allowing it to specify how much biodegradable municipal waste local authorities will be allowed to dump in landfill sites. A key aspect of the new law is that authorities will be able to trade their "landfill allowances" in a scheme the environment ministry says may be "the first of its kind in Europe."

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-18-03.asp



TANKER "PRESTIGE" SINKS OFF SPANISH COAST

MADRID, Spain, November 19, 2002 (ENS) - The damaged oil tanker "Prestige" broke in two and disappeared beneath the waves some 75 miles off Spain's northwestern coast today with a 22 million gallon cargo of fuel oil on board. The sinking raised fears of a massive ecological disaster on the scale of the Exxon Valdez, which carried about half the amount of oil on board the "Prestige."

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-19-02.asp



WIRELESS TRANSMISSION IN EARTH'S ENERGY FUTURE

WASHINGTON, DC, November 19, 2002 (ENS) - Wireless energy transmission could be part of a clean, abundant energy future says The Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University. To meet the world's growing appetite for energy without environmental damage, electricity would be converted to microwaves, beamed over long distances by satellite, and then reconverted back to electricity.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-19-01.asp



KYOTO RATIFICATION REPLACED BY OCEAN ROBOTS

CANBERRA, Australia, November 19, 2002 (ENS) - New climate data gathering projects aimed at helping the United States and Australia reduce their contribution to the atmospheric greenhouse gas burden were on the table today in Canberra for the visit of the top U.S. administrator of atmospheric policy. The two countries are collaborating on the deployment of a new fleet of ocean robots that will record climate information and transmit it to researchers by satellite.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-19-03.asp



MOST CATALOGS SPURN RECYCLED PAPER

WASHINGTON, DC, November 19, 2002 (ENS) - The catalog industry produces billions of copies of catalogs each year, printed exclusively on virgin paper, finds a new report by the New York based conservation group Environmental Defense. Of the 42 companies surveyed for the report, just three use recycled paper in the body of their catalogs, while at least 20 - including many designed to cater to nature enthusiasts - use no recycled paper at all.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-19-06.asp



EUROPE LOOKS TO MARITIME RULES AFTER TANKER SPILL

BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 20, 2002 (ENS) - The loss of the oil tanker "Prestige," which broke in two and sank off the Spanish coast Tuesday prompted the European Commissioner responsible for transport and energy to urge that all European Union transport ministers act to safeguard European waters against another such spill.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-20-02.asp



TIMBER CERTIFICATION TAINTED FOREST GROUP ALLEGES

LONDON, England, November 20, 2002 (ENS) - The international body created to certify responsible forestry management has for years been knowingly "misleading" the public according to a new report released today by the Rainforest Foundation.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-20-10.asp



COSMETICS INDUSTRY APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL CHEMICALS

WASHINGTON, DC, November 20, 2002 (ENS) - The U.S. Cosmetics Ingredients Review panel has approved the continued use of phthalates in cosmetics, concluding that the chemicals are "safe as currently used." Activist groups, noting that the European Union has just ordered the phase out of some phthalates in cosmetics, said the panel's decision leaves U.S. women at risk of exposure to chemicals that some tests suggest may be linked to birth defects.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-20-06.asp



WORLD HERITAGE BIODIVERSITY HOT SPOTS TO GET $15M

WASHINGTON, DC, November 20, 2002 (ENS) - Places that are the richest in their variety of unique animals and plants are often the places most jeopardized by development, even though they may be designated as World Heritage sites by the United Nations.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-20-01.asp



EFFORTS TO SAVE ENDANGERED TIGERS ARE WORKING

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, November 21, 2002 (ENS) - Wild tigers still face serious threats from habitat loss and poaching, but international efforts to protect the endangered species from extinction in the wild are succeeding, according to a new report from the Save the Tiger Fund.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-21-10.asp



L.A. CHROME PLATING FIRMS AVOID CANCER RISK RULES

By William J. Kelly

LOS ANGELES, California, November 21, 2002 (ENS) - Fifteen years after California legislators voted to require that state residents be notified of the cancer risk from toxic air pollution released by industries, scores of metal plating companies in Southern California continue to emit cancer causing air pollution at levels largely unknown to their neighbors.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-21-03.asp



REVIEWS OF CANADA'S CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN MIXED

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, November 21, 2002 (ENS) - Environment Minister David Anderson and Natural Resources Minister Herb Dhaliwal today released the government's latest Climate Change Plan for Canada. The plan outlines how Canada can meet the greenhouse gas reduction target it set for itself under the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-21-02.asp



BUSH ADMINISTRATION EASES AIR POLLUTION CONTROLS

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, November 22, 2002 (ENS) - The Bush administration has enacted changes to clean air rules that will allow power plants and refineries to avoid new pollution controls when they expand operations. The decision drew sharp criticism from Congressional leaders, state officials, environmental groups, public health organizations and the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who charge the administration has put industry interests ahead of public health and the environment.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-22-10.asp



SUNKEN TANKER GUSHES MORE OIL INTO SPANISH WATERS

PONTEVEDRA, Spain, November 22, 2002 (ENS) - From the ocean bottom off the northwest coast of Spain, the sunken oil tanker "Prestige" today leaked thousands of tons of oil into the sea causing a massive new oil slick that appears to be a major threat to wildlife and fish populations along the coast.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-22-04.asp



GAS RIGS TO INVADE PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, November 22, 2002 (ENS) - The National Park Service has approved the drilling of two new onshore gas wells within Padre Island National Seashore on the Texas Gulf Coast. The decision, made last week without official announcements, has angered conservation groups who say the wells will threaten popular vacation beaches and nesting areas of the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle, the rarest of all sea turtles.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-22-06.asp



23 DIE AS QUAKE PRONE PAKISTANI NORTH SHAKES AGAIN

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, November 22, 2002 (ENS) - Government and international aid workers struggled today to provide relief to thousands affected by a moderate earthquake Thursday in mountainous northern Pakistan. At least 23 people were killed and scores injured in the sparsely populated Astore Valley near the northern city of Gilgit, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the capital, Islamabad.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-22-02.asp



NEW POPULATION OF ORANGUTANS DISCOVERED

WASHINGTON, DC, November 22, 2002 (ENS) - The known number of orangutans in the world has increased by about 10 percent, thanks to a remarkable discovery by a team of researchers surveying a remote forest on the southeast Asian island of Borneo. The discovery by the team from The Nature Conservancy offers a rare opportunity for conservationists working to save the endangered primate.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-22-07.asp



U.S. BACKS OUT OF POLLUTION REGISTER TREATY GROUP

GENEVA, Switzerland, November 25, 2002 (ENS) - The United States today pulled out of a United Nations conference to finalize an international agreement that will provide the public with greater access to information about sources of pollution. The treaty will require participating countries to collect and publish information on the quantities of pollutants released from certain industrial sources.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-25-10.asp



BUSH CHANGE TO NW FOREST PLAN WOULD EASE LOGGING

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 26, 2002 (ENS) - The Bush administration has proposed changing a salmon protection program in order to ease environmental restrictions for the sale of timber from public forests in the Pacific Northwest.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-26-10.asp



HUNGRY CAMBODIA AT THE MERCY OF CLIMATE CHANGE

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, November 26, 2002 (ENS) - Cambodia, already one of the most disaster prone countries in Southeast Asia, is now going through cycles of drought and flood due to global climate change, according to the Cambodian director for the United Nations World Food Programme. Some 670,000 Cambodians will need thousands of tons of food aid in the next five weeks because their crops have been wiped out, the agency said Monday.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-26-02.asp



BUSH REWRITES NATIONAL FOREST MANAGEMENT LAW

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 27, 2002 (ENS) - The Bush administration has proposed broad changes to the federal government's management plans for U.S. national forests and grasslands.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-27-10.asp



COURT REQUIRES CHENEY TO DISCLOSE ENERGY DOCUMENTS

WASHINGTON, DC, November 27, 2002 (ENS) - In a setback to the Bush administration's efforts to avoid handing over key Energy Task Force information, a federal judge Tuesday rejected an attempt by Vice President Dick Cheney to appeal a court order to release the documents. The White House has been resisting disclosure of the documents for months, but the court's earlier order requiring that the documents be produced by December 9 remains in effect.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-27-03.asp



CONTROVERSIAL GEOTHERMAL PROJECT GETS GO AHEAD
WASHINGTON, DC, November 27, 2002 (ENS) - The Bush administration has approved development of a controversial geothermal power project in California's Modoc National Forest near a lake considered sacred by several Native American tribes. The approval overturns a Clinton administration decision to deny permits to the project, citing the region's environmental and historic values.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-27-06.asp



FRANCE, SPAIN IMPOSE CONTROLS ON OLDER OIL TANKERS

MALAGA, Spain, November 27, 2002 (ENS) - In the wake of the "Prestige" oil spill, the leaders of Spain and France have placed rigid controls on the passage of all single-hulled oil tankers more than 15 years old through their 200 mile exclusive economic zones. These ships will be subject to inspection and will be expelled from French and Spanish waters if it is thought that they represent a danger.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-27-01.asp



HUMAN PRESSURE ON EARTH'S CARRYING CAPACITY RISES

OAKLAND, California, November 28, 2002 (ENS) - Humanity is putting increasing pressure on global ecosystems, with consumption exceeding the Earth's biological capacity by 20 percent, according to a new report from the Sustainability Program of Redefining Progress, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-28-10.asp



EU FISHING SUBSIDIES SLAMMED IN VIEW OF COD CRISIS

BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 28, 2002 (ENS) - European Union governments have been accused of offering a patchwork of environmentally damaging fishing subsidies, as fisheries ministers gather in Brussels to discuss stocks in crisis and system reforms. Support for new or modernized fishing vessels still outstrips that for reducing fishing effort, and subsidies vary enormously between countries, the conservation organization WWF warned Tuesday.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-28-02.asp



UK HOUSEHOLD WASTE PREDICTED TO DOUBLE BY 2020

LONDON, UK, November 29, 2002 (ENS) - Without urgent action England's municipal waste will double in volume by 2020, according to a new report from the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit released today. England produces more waste per person than many other European Union nations and recycles less.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-29-03.asp



RECORD FLOODS SWEEP MOROCCO'S ATLANTIC COAST

RABAT, Morocco, November 29, 2002 (ENS) - The worst flash floods in 30 years have claimed at least 60 lives in several provinces on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent says most of the victims died when their houses, built in river beds, were swept away by flood waters. Another 10 people are still missing.

http://ens-news.com/ens/nov2002/2002-11-29-01.asp






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