WUI in the News

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Apr 2010 contains 8 News Articles.

Tokyo aiming to be megagreen megacity
Los Angeles Times - 24 Apr 2010
Tons of waste are trucked here daily to a large industrial building. What can't be recycled is burned and filtered for pollutants. The ash is turned into building material, and the heat is converted into electricity — enough to power 55,000 homes. The process saves landfill space. Air pollution is minimal. The 4-year-old firm, Tokyo Waterfront Recycle Power Co., will turn its first profit this year, President Ikuo Onaka said.

Neighborwoods growing in popularity
Bonner County Daily Bee - 23 Apr 2010
The city’s forestry program is giving away trees to residents willing to nurture them. The city plants the trees in rights of way along sidewalks, in exchange for having neighboring residents water them. But residents must call the city within the week to take advantage of the give away. In the past decade, however, city trees have become part of the local conscience. Their benefits and aesthetics are highlights of an urban forest where management and tree health is stressed.

European demand to drive production of wood pellets
2theadvocate.com - 23 Apr 2010
European Union demand for wooden pellets will continue to drive U.S. production but will also limit the industry’s profitability, according to the head of a bioenergy, wood and forest products consulting firm. In the United Kingdom, 20 percent of the country’s energy must be produced by renewable resources by 2020; only 6% is green energy now. To meet those goals, the United Kingdom will have to import about 12 million tons of pellets a year, Stewart said. If 1/3 of that production comes from the United States, then 8-12 new pellet plants will be needed.

IAFC Launches Wildfire Preparedness Initiative
Magazine for Environment, Health and Safety Leader - 12 Apr 2010
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) launched a new wildland fire preparedness initiative--Ready, Set, Go!--at their annual Wildland-Urban Interface conference in Reno, Nevada. The program teaches residents of the WUI how to prepare their homes against the threat of a wildland fire, assemble emergency supplies and maintain awareness when threatened by a wildland fire and, finally, how to evacuate early to keep their families safe and allow emergency responders the room they need to operate safely. The program was initially developed and tested in Southern California using a model from Australia.

Wildlife TV channel launched
Mercury News - 9 Apr 2010
Primate expert Mireya Mayor is working on another series for Nat Geo about urban wildlife.

Carbon Credits Provide Opportunities for Farmers, Landowners
Cattle Network - 5 Apr 2010
As the United States looks to become greener, a program to trade carbon credits from farmland could play a role. No-till fields store carbon in the form of soil organic matter, which can be sold by farmers, providing them with an additional source of income.

Rabbits a tough problem to jump on- Many gardeners must share their crops.
The Philadelphia Inquirer - 2 Apr 2010
Now that spring has arrived, home gardeners across the country are starting to prep, plant, and protect their gardens. That often means facing off against rabbits. There are no magic tricks for keeping bunnies at bay, experts say. There are some simple ways to try to protect plants but gardeners are unlikely ever to emerge as the victors.

Two-Legged Carnivores and Four-Legged Carnivores May Share Many Common Concerns
Malibu Surfside News - 1 Apr 2010
“Urban Carnivores: Ecology, Conflict, and Conservation” written by Stanley D. Gehrt, Seth P. D. Riley and Brian L. Cypher, is a serious science text that offers readers an opportunity to learn more about local ecology. According to the National Park Service, the book is the first to address the topic, and covers the ecology and behavior of well-known urban carnivore species around the world.