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Jul 2003 contains 32 News Articles.

Reduction in man-made chemicals slows ozone depletion
Environmental News Network - 31 Jul 2003
The rate of destruction of the protective ozone layer in the upper reaches of the atmosphere is slowing, and scientists say it mirrors a decline in the use of certain man-made chemicals.

Foresters nationwide wrestle with illegal dumps
Environmental News Network - 30 Jul 2003
Off a road and over a steep embankment, about 400 yards worth of household trash and construction debris sits mixed with rancid, poached deer carcasses. Many believe this site could be the 350-ton poster child of illegal forest dumping.

Traffic takes center stage in discussions of future land plan
Chicago Daily Herald, IL - 25 Jul 2003
Among the many byproducts of the explosive population growth and massive commercial development in central Kane County, increased traffic is perhaps the most visible.

Singapore extinctions signal loss of wildlife for region
Environmental News Network - 24 Jul 2003
Southeast Asia could lose up to 40 percent of its plant and animal species within the next century, according to a new study on habitat destruction in Singapore.

Big Purchasers Can Spark Sustainability Shift
Environment News Service - 24 Jul 2003
Mega-consumers such as government agencies, corporations, international organizations, and universities are critical to the effort to shift the world toward an environmentally sustainable future, finds a new study from the Worldwatch Institute.

Tree experts here brace for possible invasion by ash-killing beetle
Chicago Sun Times, IL - 24 Jul 2003
The emerald ash borer, a paper clip-size beetle that has infested or destroyed 6 million ash trees in Michigan, may be headed this way. Entomologists suspect that the bug got to the United States the same way the Asian long-horned beetle did--in wood used to pack cargo from China, where the insect is native.

Small towns face identity crisis
Charlotte Observer, NC - 24 Jul 2003
From Rock Hill to Kannapolis, towns circling Charlotte are in the midst of an identity crisis as they try to figure out how to handle change. Many communities on the fringes of the growth want to preserve their personalities, fearing they'll lose the sense of place that made them attractive.

Europe Adopts Climate Emissions Trading Law
Environment News Service - 22 Jul 2003
European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom today welcomed the final adoption by the European Council of Ministers of an emissions trading law for the European Union. The new legislation will give carbon dioxide a market value across the European Community from January 2005. Next May 10 new countries will join the 15 current EU member states, and the bloc will extend from Poland in the east to Ireland in the west.

Fire Managers Use Satellites to Battle Western Blazes
Environment News Service - 22 Jul 2003
More than 310 new fires were reported today, 12 of which spread to become large fires in California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. This year fire managers are receiving information from a suite of coordinated satellites flown by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that offer insight only possible from space.

Study notes area lacks open spaces
Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette, IL - 21 Jul 2003
Illinois ranks sixth of seven Midwestern states in terms of percentage of state-owned recreation lands, and last on a per-capita basis. Of five regions in Illinois, East Central Illinois ranks last in the percentage of green space available within the total land area. And the public isn't happy with that situation, especially as the state's budget woes have brought open land acquisition initiatives to a near halt.

Towns weigh open space
Raleigh News, NC - 21 Jul 2003
The 525-acre Durham subdivision, designed by nationally known conservationist Randall Arendt, is heavily promoted by developers for setting aside a fifth of its land as open space. Town officials and other developers in the Triangle have looked to it as a model of how a conservation-minded development can be done.

MSU project aims for greener cities
Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS - 19 Jul 2003
An urban forestry team in Hattiesburg is showing other midsize towns how to recapture what new developments have cost them over the years.

Bosworth details top threats to forest lands
Rapid City Journal, SD - 17 Jul 2003
Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth outlined the "four great threats" to the nation's forests and grasslands during a speech Thursday in Pierre.

Brush fires are danger to homes in 'burbs
Oregonian, OR - 17 Jul 2003
Lt. Dean Schulze of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue has seen entire pockets of expensive homes reduced to ashes. All because the homeowners valued beauty over safety.

Washington County wants 16,850 acres set aside
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI - 17 Jul 2003
Washington County would create new parks in the villages of Germantown and Jackson and towns of Addison, West Bend and Erin, under a preliminary park and open space plan that recommends spending $10.4 million in county taxpayer money to acquire 4,619 acres by 2020.

Researchers test climate change's impact on crops
Environmental News Network - 15 Jul 2003
The gadgets that rise above a central Illinois soybean field are helping scientists predict what changes in Earth's atmosphere are likely to do to crop yields. Rings of tubes emit ozone and carbon dioxide, both of which are expected to increase in the atmosphere in coming years. The gases hang over the crops before dissipating, allowing scientists to mimic predicted atmospheric changes.

Subdivisions replacing farmland in Flathead
The Missoulian, MT - 13 Jul 2003
Up in the Flathead and up the Bitterroot and up in valley after Montana valley, cash-strapped farmers have been selling off their wheat fields to a seemingly endless stream of developers.

A bigger tree grows in Brooklyn: City trees grow twice as large as rural trees, study says
Environmental News Network - 10 Jul 2003
Scientists studying urban pollution have discovered to their amazement that trees in New York City's concrete jungle grow twice as large as those in the countryside, far from the billowing smokestacks and crowded streets.

Suburban sprawl spawns concern
Cincinnati Enquirer, OH - 9 Jul 2003
As suburban growth continues in Greater Cincinnati and in metropolitan areas across the nation, concerns about its impact on the health of the elderly and children have heightened.

Raccoons Invade the City of Cedar Rapids
KCRG, IA - 8 Jul 2003
Some unwanted guests are coming over for dinner, crawling through the residential part of town, and looking for a place to stay. People in the Wellington Heights neighborhood of southeast Cedar Rapids say raccoons are taking over the neighborhood. They wonder whose responsibility should it be to get rid of them? The city or the neighbors? Monday night, the neighborhood association met to figure it out.

Valley folks learn to live, let live
Los Angeles Daily News, CA - 8 Jul 2003
As more city folks seek a rural lifestyle and their homes encroach on the wilderness, clashes between people and wildlife neighbors are becoming more common.

Green roof solution to lost habitats
BBC News, UK - 8 Jul 2003
A solution to the problem of lost urban wildlife habitats could be found right above our heads, according to English Nature.

Residents want creek protected
Gainesville Sun, FL - 8 Jul 2003
Since January, when Wal-Mart announced plans for construction of a 207,000-square-foot supercenter near the headwaters of Hogtown Creek, some residents and nearby homeowners have cried environmental foul.

Kansas still faces water issues
Pittsburg Morning Sun, KS - 7 Jul 2003
Both were reminders that whatever the vagaries of the Legislature's annual sessions and the biennial political cycle, water remains a huge issue for Kansans, whether they live in the semiarid High Plains of the west or the wetter and greener east.

Moratorium pushed for billboards
Akron Beacon Journal, OH - 7 Jul 2003
Pollack introduced language calling for "a moratorium on new billboards outside urban areas to protect open space."

Safety First: House in the woods needs fire precautions
Green Bay Press Gazette, WI - 6 Jul 2003
Now that the summer vacation season is in full swing, more and more people are heading up north to that summer home or cottage, or camping in one of the many state and private campgrounds. Fire safety does not end when we leave the city limits. Wildland fires pose a significant risk to those who inhabit what is referred to as the “wildland/ urban interface.”

Strategic wildlife habitat map completed
Wyoming News, WY - 5 Jul 2003
The plan calls for conserving and improving wildlife habitat by partnering with landowners through conservation easements, fee title acquisitions, leases and other agreements. But first, officials needed to identify what areas of Wyoming contained key habitat corridors.

Zimbabwe capital to ration water as shortage looms
Environmental News Network - 4 Jul 2003
Zimbabwe's capital city will start rationing scarce water supplies in a move likely to hit industries already grappling with a harsh economic climate, the official Herald newspaper reported on Thursday.

Conservation groups seek low summer flows on Missouri River
Environmental News Network - 4 Jul 2003
Conservation groups asked a federal judge this week to order lower water levels in the Missouri River this summer to protect endangered birds and fish. The hearing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was part of a lawsuit to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to return the Missouri to a more seasonal ebb and flow, mimicking natural river conditions before dams and channels were built.

Toward sustainable tourism in the Dominican Republic
Environmental News Network - 3 Jul 2003
The problem is widespread poverty. The U.S. Agency for International Development reports that the Dominican Republic is beginning to address that issue, along with the country's relatively weak environmental protection laws. It may not be too late. Robinson says that the Dominican Republic retains 14 percent of its original forest cover, in contrast with Haiti, which is almost entirely deforested due to pressures from extreme poverty and political instability.

E.U. parliament approves greenhouse gas trading system
Environmental News Network - 3 Jul 2003
The European Parliament approved the world's first international emissions trading system Wednesday to meet targets for reducing greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocol. Meeting in Strasbourg, France, the E.U. assembly gave final approval to the plan on a show of hands.

Trees Can Cool Cities
CITIVAS2004 - 3 Jul 2003
Trees can significantly cool urban areas that generate heat and clean the air by absorbing pollution, according to two studies that examined so-called "urban heat islands", which is the phenomenon whereby on warm summer days, the air in urban areas can be significantly hotter than in surrounding areas. The problem is caused by a variety of factors that trap heat, including buildings and dark pavement that absorb the sun's rays rather than reflect them. The heat is not only unpleasant for residents, but can also carry harmful health consequences as a result of the environmental conditions it enjoins.