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Dec 2003 contains 37 News Articles.

Audubon International Certifies First Eco-Friendly Community Developments
GreenBiz.com - 31 Dec 2003
WCI received certification for two of its Florida residential communities: Evergrene, a 364-acre development in Palm Beach Gardens and home to WCI's newest concept green house -- the Geni G -- is located on the East Coast of Florida; and Sun City Center, an active adult community in Fort Myers, is located on the West Coast.

Mountain lion killing goats in Carmel Valley
Monterey County Herald, CA - 30 Dec 2003
A mountain lion prowling Carmel Valley apparently has taken three goats from back yards in a rural neighborhood this month.

When songbirds don't come back
Toronto Star, Canada - 27 Dec 2003
For decades, conservationists in North America have been asking the question with rising urgency: Where have all the songbirds gone? And not only songbirds, but many of the 200 migratory species that breed and raise their young in Canada and the United States and then fly south for the winter.

Judge Voids New Rule Allowing Snowmobiles in Yellowstone
New York Times, NY - 17 Dec 2003
On the eve of the winter snowmobile season in Yellowstone National Park, a federal district judge on Tuesday evening struck down the Bush administration's regulations permitting more than 950 snowmobiles a day in the park.

Mercury in South Carolina
Columbia State, SC - 16 Dec 2003
Mercury pollution is a big issue in South Carolina, both from an industrial and recreational standpoint.

Pollution in the air can cause heart ills
Deseret Morning News, UT - 16 Dec 2003
The tiny particulate pollution from cars, power plants and factories does more than clog your lungs. It leads to development of heart disease, according to a BYU researcher.

State panel denies permit to hog farmer
Des Moines Register, IA - 16 Dec 2003
The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission, in an unusual decision Monday, denied a permit to a Humboldt County hog farmer who wants to build a 4,000-hog facility in Corinth Township near Humboldt. Critics said the hog facility would be close enough to new homes south of Humboldt that it would discourage development in the growing area. Critics also worried about the smell bothering people in town.

Poplar trees may be new draw for pig farms
Environmental News Network - 16 Dec 2003
After years of struggling with the dirty disposal problem of sludge from hog waste lagoons, researchers have come up with a possible green solution: poplar trees that suck up the waste like soda straws.

US court to hear Mexican trucks environmental case
Environmental News Network - 16 Dec 2003
The Supreme Court said Monday that it would hear a Bush administration appeal of a ruling that required an environmental analysis before Mexican trucks would be allowed on U.S. highways. Environmental, labor, consumer, and trucking groups argued the Transportation Department underestimated the impact that older diesel trucks operated by some Mexican firms would have on air quality in border states, especially in cities like Houston and Los Angeles that have struggled to reduce pollution to comply with the federal clean air law.

Consumers Prefer Locally Grown Foods, Survey Says
GreenBiz.com - 16 Dec 2003
Three-quarters of U.S. consumers reach for locally grown foods first, according to a recent survey by researchers at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. "The term locally grown, when combined with family farms, appears to be a powerful marketing message," said Leopold Center Marketing and Food Systems coordinator Rich Pirog.

Listening to the Climate Models, and Trying to Wake Up the World
New York Times, NY - 16 Dec 2003
It was this prediction of an overly warm future that transformed Dr. Mahlman into a reluctant activist. He travels the country on his own time, warning religious, civic and educational groups about the dangers of global warming.

Energy firms, activists team up for green power
Toronto Globe and Mail, Canada - 15 Dec 2003
Two odd bedfellows, environmental groups and some of Canada's biggest greenhouse-gas polluters, have joined forces to say the country could produce enough renewable energy to match the electricity now coming from fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Goldman Sachs to Create Nature Reserve in South Chile
Planet Ark, United Kingdom - 15 Dec 2003
Investment bank Goldman Sachs said last week it would create a nature reserve in Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile in a stretch of rare forest acquired from a U.S. forestry company which had planned to harvest the timber.

EPA Launches Nationwide GreenScapes Alliance
Growing Trends Golf - 15 Dec 2003
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently launched the GreenScapes Alliance. The program aims to unite government and industry resources to encourage the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste materials in large land-use applications. These land-use activities include four million miles of roadside landscaping, Brownfields land revitalization, and the beautification and maintenance of office complexes, golf courses, and parks.

The raging debate over feral cats
Environmental News Network - 12 Dec 2003
Revered and reviled, pampered and persecuted, the domestic cat, Felis catus, has stirred up passionate sentiment since it first came to live among humans 4,000 years ago. Though it may no longer be worshipped as a god or burned as a demon, the cat continues to evoke feelings ranging from adoration to hatred. The hunting prowess that made it so valuable to farmers and sailors has landed it on the most-wanted list of some wildlife advocates who blame the world's most widespread predator for accelerating the demise of imperiled species from tiny beach mice to the majestic Florida panther.

EPA is pursuing fewer polluters
Environmental News Network - 12 Dec 2003
The Environmental Protection Agency forced polluters to spend $2.9 billion on new controls and cleanups this year, about one-fourth less than in 2002, agency officials said.

Six years after Kyoto, negotiations and frustrations persist
Environmental News Network - 12 Dec 2003
Backers of the U.N.'s Kyoto protocol on curbing global warming marked a frustrating anniversary Thursday, facing a dispute over aid to oil producers and Russian scepticism that could ruin the entire pact. Adding to gloom on the sixth anniversary of the landmark deal reached in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Dec. 11, 1997, the United Nations told the representatives of 180 nations at the climate talks in Milan that 150,000 people were dying yearly from climate change.

Pfizer Earns Top Habitat Conservation Award
GreenBiz.com - 12 Dec 2003
Pfizer employee volunteers have won the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Corporate Habitat of the Year award for their efforts to restore and enhance wildlife habitat on the company’s 2,200-plus acre Kalamazoo manufacturing site.

Local governments use GIS
FCW.com - 11 Dec 2003
A new national survey shows a majority of local governments are benefiting from the use of geographic information system applications and mapping technology. About 97 percent of local governments with populations of at least 100,000 and 88 percent of those between 50,000 and 100,000 people use GIS technology, according to Public Technology Inc., a nonprofit research group that conducted the study in collaboration with several national municipal associations.

Scientist Links Man to Climate Over the Ages
New York Times, NY - 10 Dec 2003
Humans have altered the world's climate by generating heat-trapping gases since almost the beginning of civilization and even prevented the start of an ice age several thousand years ago, a scientist said on Tuesday.

Judge allows opening of bear season in New Jersey
Environmental News Network - 10 Dec 2003
Officials hope the hunt will reduce the state's population of an estimated 3,200 bears by about 500 to stem the rising tide of complaints about the animals breaking into suburban homes, raiding trash cans, killing livestock and wandering into traffic.

Easements a growing tool for conservation
Greenville News, SC - 9 Dec 2003
She can't bear the thought that the tall pines could be slashed to make way for houses no more than an arm's length from each other. He has watched golf courses and million-dollar homes creep up. Both decided the development will stop at their border and have led the way for dozens of upstate property owners who are now considering an easement.

The four degrees: How Europe's hottest summer shows global warming is transforming our world
London Independent, United Kingdom - 8 Dec 2003
The three months of June, July and August were the warmest ever recorded in western and central Europe, with record national highs in Portugal, Germany and Switzerland as well as in Britain. And they were the warmest by a very long way.

Protecting streams would add millions to sewage plant costs
Easton Express Times, PA - 8 Dec 2003
State plans to protect two streams from pollution could cost the borough millions of dollars. Borough officials are concerned that plans to give portions of Pohatcong and Shabbecong creeks Category 1 classification, the state's highest level of protection, could dramatically increase the costs to run Washington's sewage treatment plant. The new stream classifications could require the borough to perform costly new treatments to the plant's sewage so it meets the more stringent water quality standards.

Troubled waters on rise in state
Rocky Mountain News, CO - 8 Dec 2003
Colorado's list of polluted streams and rivers is longer than ever, with 125 stretches of water needing some kind of cleanup, according to the state health department. That's about 30 more than the last count.

Big part of fire costs was protecting structures
Billings Gazette, MT - 6 Dec 2003
About a quarter of the $69 million the state spent dousing wildfires last summer and fall went to protect homes and other structures in the woods, the head of the state's Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said Friday. Tim Davis, executive director of the Montana Smart Growth Coalition, called those costs a "subsidy for sprawl."

Greenhouse gas trading doubled in 2003, says World Bank
Environmental News Network - 5 Dec 2003
Worldwide trading of greenhouse gas emissions more than doubled over the last year to about 71 million tonnes, with governments and multilateral agencies accounting for more than half of the purchases, according to a World Bank study released Thursday.

Boulder Hospital First Health Care Facility to Earn LEED Certification
GreenBiz.com - 5 Dec 2003
Boulder Community Foothills Hospital has become the first hospital in the U.S. to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification distinguishes buildings that meet the highest performance standards through environmentally conscious design, energy efficiency, resource conservation and dedication to indoor air quality.

Stormwater quantity as important as quality
Fayetteville Online, NC - 5 Dec 2003
Cumberland County and Fayetteville officials say stormwater rules should focus on the quantity of water as well as the quality of water. Members of the City-County Liaison Committee voted Thursday to recommend changing the rules affecting the joint stormwater utility.

Why smart growth and why choose Duluth?
NorthFulton.com, GA - 3 Dec 2003
As land prices continue to soar and development costs are at all time highs due to many imposed regulations, the re-development of existing properties utilizing smart growth is the trend of the future. There has also been a pervasive feeling of isolation experienced by homeowners nationwide. "We don’t even know our neighbors” – a sad refrain of disenfranchisement.

Wakulla development worries state
Tallahassee Democrat, FL - 2 Dec 2003
Citing concerns about urban sprawl, traffic and the need to protect Wakulla Springs, the state has moved to block a controversial proposed "sustainable" community in Wakulla County along the Leon County line.

CET advises that homeowners compost fallen leaves
iBerkshires.com - 2 Dec 2003
Compost enriches soil and helps grow healthy plants. Healthy plants are better able to withstand drought or infestations. Using compost to build soils doesn’t harm water quality and reduces reliance on petroleum-based fertilizers. Compost also reduces the quantity of garbage requiring disposal.

Canadian Groups Agree to Conserve Woodlands
New York Times, NY - 1 Dec 2003
An unlikely coalition of energy and forestry companies, Native Canadian tribes and environmental groups have come to a sweeping agreement to conserve at least 50 percent of Canada's vast sub-Arctic, or boreal, forests, one of the largest unspoiled woodlands in the world.

Green and Gold
Con.WEB - 1 Dec 2003
Located on the south side of the Columbia River, just east of Portland city limits in Gresham, Honda's plant is the nation's first mixed-use industrial facility to earn gold-level certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards from the U.S. Green Building Council. Although not a manufacturing plant, the 212,888-square-foot Northwest Regional Facility features a parts warehouse, an automotive training center and offices supporting sales and customer service.

Engineers use drains to deter busy beavers
Seattle Times, WA - 1 Dec 2003
Beavers are much busier. They build dams, cut trees, dig channels, build lodges — and in so doing create rich wildlife habitat and help control floodwater and stream flows. But they also can create headaches for humans. This becomes increasingly apparent as suburban development encroaches on beaver habitat and even affects areas where beavers are protected.

Energy Efficiency Could Gain Favor
New York Times, NY - 1 Dec 2003
Energy experts anticipate that 2004, like every year before it, will be remarkable for how much energy Americans waste. But if energy prices climb as high as predicted, consumers are likely to pay more attention than usual to the opportunities to be more efficient, and retailers expect the results to show up at cash registers.

Lee County to consider changing rules for annexation
Naples Daily News, FL - 1 Dec 2003
Concerned that developers are ducking county land-use rules, Lee County commissioners may be looking into changing the way land is annexed into cities. Commissioners raised concerns recently when the city of Fort Myers annexed land near the Six Mile Cypress Slough. Landowners there, and in other recent cases, sought annexation so they could develop under less restrictive city regulations than county standards.