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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Environmental News Service (2nd-24th December)

Environmental News Service (2nd-24th December)

Date : 24th December 2002, Source : ENS



ARCTIC SEA ICE MAY VANISH THIS CENTURY

WASHINGTON, DC, December 2, 2002 (ENS) - Perennial sea ice - the floating ice that remains year round near the Arctic Circle - could vanish entirely by the end of this century, warns a new study by researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The NASA study concludes that sea ice is now melting about nine percent faster than prior research had indicated, due to rising temperatures and interactions between ice, ocean and the atmosphere.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-02-06.asp



ICE CORE ANALYSIS SHOWS WESTERN CANADA WARMING

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, December 2, 2002 (ENS) - Western Canada is warming up, and will continue to grow warmer at the same time as snow accumulates ever deeper on the ground, says a Canadian-Swiss research team. Analysis of an ice core drilled from Canada's highest mountain indicates that western Canada has experienced significant climate change over the past 150 years, according to their scientific study published in the journal "Nature."

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-02-10.asp



SPAIN ACTS AGAINST SUB-STANDARD OIL TANKER

MADRID, Spain, December 2, 2002 (ENS) - An oil tanker was ordered to leave Spain's 200 mile marine economic zone on Saturday, the first to be affected by last week's Franco-Spanish initiative to clamp down on vessels thought to represent a hazard to coastal environments.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-02-02.asp



WORLD POPULATION HEADED FOR 9.2 BILLION BY 2050

NEW YORK, New York, December 3, 2002 (ENS) - Global population is projected to increase from 6.28 billion today to 9.2 billion by 2050, according to "The State of World Population 2002" a report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released today. The least developed countries have the highest fertility and population growth, and their populations are expected to triple in the next 50 years, from 600 million to 1.8 billion, the UN agency predicts.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-03-03.asp



U.S. CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

WASHINGTON, DC, December 3, 2002 (ENS) - A new U.S. climate change research strategy that U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans terms "aggressive" is the focus of a three day workshop that opened today in Washington. The U.S. Climate Change Science Program has welcomed more than 1,100 experts from across the country and around the world to receive comments on a discussion draft version of its "Strategic Plan" for climate change and global change studies.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-03-04.asp



WATER FOR HEALTH DECLARED AS A HUMAN RIGHT

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 4, 2002 (ENS) - Safe and secure drinking water is a human right, a United Nations committee has declared formally for the first time. "Water should be treated as a social and cultural good, and not primarily as an economic commodity," the committee said, siding with those who object to the privatization of water supplies.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-04-01.asp



U.S. AUTOMAKERS TRAIL JAPANESE IN ECO-RANKING

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 4, 2002 (ENS) - When it comes to environmental performance Japanese automakers still far outpace their American rivals, according to a new survey released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) but all six of the automakers that dominate the U.S. market need further pressure from policymakers if any significant reduction in pollution from automobiles is to be expected.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-04-10.asp



EUROPE BLACKLISTS 66 VESSELS TO AVERT ANOTHER SPILL

BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 5, 2002 (ENS) - In the wake of the fuel oil spill from the tanker "Prestige" in November, the European Commission has published a "black list" of 66 substandard ships that would be banned from European waters under forthcoming European maritime safety rules.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-05-03.asp



AFRICAN HUNGER THREATENS WORLD PEACE, SECURITY

NEW YORK, New York, December 5, 2002 (ENS) - One hundred metric tons of high energy biscuits have been contributed by Norway to feed Ethiopia's malnourished children, pregnant and nursing women, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced today. The biscuits are the first response to a worldwide appeal to supply food for millions of hungry people across Africa. UNICEF will distribute the biscuits in hopes of staving off unprecedented level of starvation.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-05-01.asp



TUNA STILL DEADLY TO DOLPHINS, U.S. AGENCY FINDS

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 6, 2002 (ENS) - Thousands of dolphins, particularly baby dolphins, are still dying in tuna nets in the eastern tropical Pacific, finds a report prepared by the National Marine Fisheries Service and released by the Earth Island Institute. The long awaited report comes just weeks before the Commerce Department must make a decision regarding whether to weaken the rules regarding the labeling of "dolphin safe" tuna.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-06-06.asp



BUSH CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN SHORT ON DETAILS

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, December 6, 2002 (ENS) - Scientists and climate experts applauded the Bush administration's coordination of a three day workshop on global climate change, but found its draft plan for study of the issue short on priorities, details and funding.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-06-10.asp



JUDGE KNOCKS GAO OUT OF CHENEY TASK FORCE LAWSUIT

WASHINGTON, DC, December 9, 2002 (ENS) - The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) the investigative arm of Congress, was refused legal standing by a federal judge today in its attempt to get records related to Vice President Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force. Saying it has every legal right to see these records, the GAO is considering an appeal of the decision.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-09-02.asp



ARCTIC ICE MELTING AT RECORD RATE

WASHINGTON, DC, December 9, 2002 (ENS) - More ice melted from the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet this year than ever before recorded, report scientists from the University of Colorado. The same team found that the extent of Arctic sea ice reached the lowest level in the satellite record in 2002, offering further evidence that climate change is already altering the Arctic.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-09-06.asp



CANADA RATIFIES THE KYOTO CLIMATE PROTOCOL

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, December 10, 2002 (ENS) - The Parliament of Canada voted today to ratify the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, bringing the treaty to limit greenhouse gases one step closer to entry into force. Environmentalists cheered the vote, but industry remains opposed to the binding emissions limits.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-10-02.asp



ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT BACTERIA FOUND IN U.S. POULTRY

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, December 10, 2002 (ENS) - Three times more antibiotics by weight are fed to poultry in the United States than humans consume, and the poultry industry's use of antibiotics is a health risk to American turkey and chicken eaters, according to two independent studies released today.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-10-10.asp



SALVAGE LOGGING MAY HARM FORESTS

WASHINGTON, DC, December 10, 2002 (ENS) - Salvage logging after windstorms can cause more damage than the original wind disturbance, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The report has implications for proposed revisions to national forest regulations that could allow a sharp increase in salvage logging operations on public lands.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-10-06.asp



MANY EUROPEAN COUNTRIES SHORT OF CLIMATE TARGETS

BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 10, 2002 (ENS) - More than half of European Union member states are not on track to meet agreed greenhouse gas limitation targets. They "have to do more," EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström said today as she issued the Commssion's latest annual report on EU greenhouse gas emissions.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-10-03.asp



2002 HEADING FOR NO. 2 SPOT IN CLIMATE RECORDS

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, December 11, 2002 (ENS) - Temperature data for the first 11 months of the year show that the average global temperature is on the rise. The new data indicates that 2002 will go down in the recordbooks as the second warmest year to date, exceeded only by 1998, since recordkeeping of global temperatures began in 1867.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-11-10.asp



SPAIN PROSECUTES PRESTIGE OWNER, OPERATOR, CAPTAIN

MADRID, Spain, December 11, 2002 (ENS) - With the Spanish government under mounting criticism at home and abroad for its role in the "Prestige" oil spill disaster, Justice Minister José María Michavila yesterday announced legal proceedings against the owners, operators and captain of the sunken oil tanker. The tanker sank November 19 off the coast of northwest Spain, spilling tons of heavy fuel oil into the Atlantic Ocean.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-11-02.asp



BRAZIL'S NEW ENVIRONMENT CHIEF A FORMER RUBBERTAPPER

WASHINGTON D.C., December 11, 2002 (ENS) - Environmentalists were pleased today by the selection of Senator Marina Silva to head Brazil's Ministry of Environment under the Workers Party government of President-elect Luis Inacio Lula da Silva.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-11-01.asp



ROADLESS RULE UPHELD AS BUSH MOVES TO SPEED LOGGING

WASHINGTON, DC, December 12, 2002 (ENS) - A federal appeals court today upheld the legality of a rule aimed at protecting 58.5 million acres of unroaded areas in national forests from logging and roadbuilding. The decision came one day after President George W. Bush ordered the Departments of Agriculture and Interior to take administrative actions aimed at reducing the environmental reviews required before approval of forest fuels reduction projects.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-12-06.asp



GM & FORD SHAREHOLDERS FILE CLIMATE RESOLUTIONS

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, December 12, 2002 (ENS) - Shareholders of Ford and General Motors (GM) have filed resolutions to pressure both automakers into more aggressive action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their plants and vehicles.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-12-10.asp



GOVERNMENTS CRAFT HAZARDOUS WASTE STRATEGIC PLAN

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 12, 2002 (ENS) - Hazardous wastes require "permanent vigilance" to ensure that they do not cause harm to human health or contaminate the environment, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to a meeting in Geneva crafting an action plan to help countries safely dispose of hazardous wastes.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-12-04.asp



FENCE CUTTING CEREMONY CREATES AFRICAN SUPER PARK

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa, December 12, 2002 (ENS) - Conservation and tourism ministers from South Africa and Mozambique Wednesday removed part of the fence that divides the two countries' national parks to establish Africa's super wildlife park, the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP).

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-12-03.asp



CANADIAN SPECIES AT RISK GAIN LEGAL PROTECTION

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, December 13, 2002 (ENS) - The Species at Risk Act received Royal Assent Thursday, bringing to a close a nine year legislative process to protect the more than 400 species at risk in Canada and their critical habitat. The new legislation will come into force in 2003.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-13-02.asp



WORLD WEATHER FORECASTS NOW ONLINE

HONG KONG, China, December 13, 2002 (ENS) - The weather at the Hong Kong Observatory today is sunny and warm with the temperature at 16 degrees Celsius and 72 percent humidity. Web visitors can find this weather report and forecasts for another 680 cities in 69 countries on a new website developed by the Hong Kong Observatory under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization - www.worldweather.org

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-13-02.asp



WETLANDS PROTECTIONS UPHELD BY U.S. SUPREME COURT

WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2002 (ENS) - The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision aimed at protecting wetlands from agricultural operations. In a divided decision, the court reaffirmed a half million dollar fine against a California farmer who converted wetlands into vineyards and orchards without obtaining a federal pollution permit.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-17-06.asp



U.S. LAWYERS FOSTER ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE IN CHINA

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2002 (ENS) - Public participation and China may not appear to go hand-in-hand, but a project aimed at furthering the understanding of environmental compliance in the world's most populous nation may be sowing the seeds of change.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-17-10.asp



2002 IS THE 2ND HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 18, 2002 (ENS) - The warmest year on record is 1998, but the year 2002 will be recorded as a close second. The World Meteorological Organization forecasts in its annual global climate status report that 2002 will replace last year as the second warmest in the instrumental record. The warmest year in the 1860 to present record for land and sea surface areas remains 1998.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-18-01.asp



RHINOS LOST AS NEPAL'S PARK POLICE FIGHT ELSEWHERE

By Deepak Gajurel

KATHMANDU, Nepal, December 18, 2002 (ENS) - Endangered and protected wild species face threats to their survival in Nepal's national parks as a result of continuous bloody violence by Maoist insurgents for the past seven years. Since a state of emergency was imposed on Nepal in December 2001, security forces have been reduced in national parks and protected areas, which has encouraged poachers.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-18-02.asp



CONSERVATIONISTS WARN BUSH WILL DISMANTLE SAFEGUARDS

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2002 (ENS) - Conservation and environmental groups are bracing themselves for what they say will be an unprecedented assault on environmental laws in the new Congress and throughout the next two years of the Bush administration.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-19-10.asp



INFANT CONTRACTS WEST NILE VIRUS IN THE WOMB

WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2002 (ENS) - Health officials have confirmed that a baby girl born last month in upstate New York was infected with the West Nile Virus while in her mother's womb. The baby, who was born with a damaged nervous system, represents the first case of interuterine infection by the virus, and raises concerns that West Nile could pose a serious threat to pregnant mothers and their infants.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-20-06.asp



FAITH GROUPS BEGIN TO EMBRACE SUSTAINABILITY

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2002 (ENS) - Religious groups and environmentalists have not always been the closest of allies, but a new report from the Worldwatch Institute finds that this is starting to change. The benefits of cooperation between the two, according to the report's author, could have profound positive impacts for the global environment.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-20-10.asp



COURT RULES MAKAH WHALE HUNT ILLEGAL

SEATTLE, Washington, December 23, 2002 (ENS) - A federal appeals court has ruled that the Makah tribe's hunting of gray whales off the coast of Washington violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The ruling reverses a previous trial court decision, finding that in approving the hunt, the government had failed to comply with its own regulations governing activities that may harm the environment.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-23-06.asp



ALASKA REFUGE DRILLING THREATENS NATIVE EXISTENCE

By John Gartner

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 23, 2002 (ENS) - Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to oil and gas exploration threatens to disrupt the porcupine caribou herd that annually migrates across its pristine landscape. For the aboriginal people whose survival depends on the caribou, protecting the herd is a matter of life and death.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-23-01.asp



EUROPEAN FISHERIES LIMITED TO SAVE COD, HAKE

BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 23, 2002 (ENS) - Fisheries ministers from all 15 European Union nations have reached agreement on a reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, on catch volumes and quotas for 2003, and on a plan for recovery of the cod stocks in the North Sea.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-23-03.asp



WINTER RAINS SPELL TROUBLE FOR REINDEER

SEATTLE, Washington, December 24, 2002 (ENS) - Too much rain during the winter months could be bad news for reindeer - the animals that tradition says power Santa Claus's sleigh. That is the conclusion of new research from the University of Washington, which details some of the potential impacts that global warming could have on these natives of the far northern latitudes.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-22-06.asp



CORK FORESTS COULD BE DISPLACED BY PLASTIC CORKS

LISBON, Portugal, December 24, 2002 (ENS) - You might not give a second thought to what kind of stopper you pull out of a bottle of wine, but sustainable development advocates wish that you would. Conservation groups like the WWF are concerned that the wine industry is moving away from natural cork, a shift that they believe could ultimately cause an environmental and economic crisis in several parts of the Mediterranean region.

http://ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-24-10.asp




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