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Apr 2004 contains 30 News Articles.

Free trees praised as cool idea in Los Angeles
Sun-Herald, MS - 28 Apr 2004
The denuded block of Purdue Avenue is just one "urban heat island" in Los Angeles' notorious sprawl, part of a vast expanse of deforested neighborhoods without the aesthetic and environmental benefits of shade trees. While major cities across the country have tree-planting programs to mitigate development's impact, the free 10-foot saplings came courtesy of the local electric company - a newcomer in the effort to re-establish urban forests.

The Road Less Traveled: The Pros and Cons of Personal Rapid Transit
Pulse of the Twin Cities, MN - 28 Apr 2004
Imagine stepping into a little automated pod and being whisked to your downtown destination on an elevated rail. The concept, called Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), is meant to combine the benefits of cars and mass transit, and it is what some fiscal conservatives in the state legislature who don’t support other forms of mass transit are proposing for Minneapolis.

Arbor Legends
Albuquerque Tribune, NM - 26 Apr 2004
The mayor, like one decades before him, wants to leave a legacy of a city forest - one that's good for Albuquerque. His plan calls for not only low-water trees, but low-pollen trees and a diversity of tree species to prevent disease and insects from decimating groves.

Weapons Moving Out, Wildlife Moving In
New York Times, NY - 26 Apr 2004
Environmentalists like to say that nature bats last. But the continuing story of the arsenal suggests another way. Here the realms of human and wild appear to have fought to a draw, or at least a kind of uneasy détente. Each side has carved out a deep imprint in what the arsenal became, and what it will be going forward as the suburban sprawl north of Denver encroaches ever tighter.

Activists Force Cos. to Consider Nature
Tallahassee Democrat, FL - 19 Apr 2004
Taking their plight to courtrooms, television sets and the Internet, Richard and her allies prevailed in what is hailed by many as a model for environmental activism. In 2002, Shell Chemical agreed to reduce plant emissions by 30 percent and to pay resettlement costs for Norco residents. Richard, 62, is one of seven activists being honored Monday in San Francisco with the Goldman Environmental Prize - the best-known award for environmentalists.

Road sensors detect polluters in California
Chicago Tribune, IL - 18 Apr 2004
Within seven-tenths of a second, the time it took for the car to pass the infrared sensing equipment at 40 m.p.h., screens filled with a variety of statistics that fingered the Honda as emitting too much carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons into the Los Angeles basin's famously smoggy air.

Parking lot runoff may derail mall plans
St. Petersburg Times, FL - 18 Apr 2004
Mall developers suggest ponds and wetlands will contain and filter about 90 percent of the pollution before it hits the creek. Environmental scientists aren't so sure. The debate is key for the hundreds of thousands of Tampa Bay area residents who get some or all of their drinking water from the Hillsborough River. Cypress Creek is the river's main tributary.

NASA studies how to cool area as heat builds up
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA - 18 Apr 2004
The good news is that metro Atlanta can actually cool down as it grows, if building practices change. The space agency NASA is developing a model using Tech's study and satellite data that will demonstrate how altering the landscape can lower temperatures. Planting or preserving more trees and using light-colored building materials that reflect solar energy should improve Atlanta's air, the NASA research is expected to show.

Experts hope stop weeds after wildfires
Billings Gazette, MT - 17 Apr 2004
When wildland fire runs through timber or across the prairie, some of its effects are delayed. The types of vegetation that reappear can have a detrimental effect beyond the initial damage from the flames. An invasion of nonnative plants - most commonly called weeds - can replace the native or usable forage, but to what extent is not readily known.

Manitoba protests U.S. water project
Toronto Star, Canada - 17 Apr 2004
The problem is pollution, which has in two decades caused a significant increase in the growth of algae in Lake Winnipeg, reducing oxygen levels and creating a sludge that, if not controlled, will kill off the biology that the fish feed on to survive. Kristjanson says the biggest concern comes from a project on Devils Lake, an isolated body of water about 300 kilometres south of here in North Dakota.

Watering restrictions sweep Colorado
Environmental News Network - 15 Apr 2004
Weather and water experts have warned of a summer that could be as dry as 2002, when reservoirs were drained, crops withered, and wildfires swept through hundreds of thousands of acres.

New Report on Top 100 Electric Companies Shows CO2 Pollution Increasing
GreenBiz.com - 15 Apr 2004
A new report rating air pollution emissions performance of America's 100 largest electric power producers reveals important trends in the industry, and sharp contrasts between the best and worst emissions performers. The report shows overall emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) are dropping, thanks largely to standards created in the Clean Air Act of 1990. Meanwhile emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which remain unregulated, are soaring.

Wildlife, humans clash on America's urban frontier
Environmental News Network - 13 Apr 2004
Home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play, eat shrubs, cause traffic jams, and give birth on your front lawn. Whether it is deer in Montana, black bears in New Jersey, mountain lions in California, or bison in Wyoming, wildlife is becoming accustomed to city life.

Long Drought Worsens in West
Washington Post, DC - 12 Apr 2004
From the brittle hillsides of Southern California to the drying fields of Idaho, from Montana to New Mexico, a relentless drought is worsening across most of the West, water supplies are dwindling and the threat of wildfires is rising.

Turning garbage into oil -- and cash
Newsday, NY - 12 Apr 2004
The idea is, instead of having to pay someone to burn, bury or dump household garbage, medical waste, worn-out computers, animal parts, sewage sludge and all sorts of other carbon-based wastes, companies can use Changing World's patented process to convert their cast-offs into valuable fuels, industrial oils and fertilizer. How? The same way Mother Nature does the job deep inside the Earth: with intense heat and pressure.

Spread of biotech grass feared
Newsday, NY - 12 Apr 2004
The turf is a genetically modified version of the creeping bent grass popular on golf course greens and fairways, and it is being tested here by lawn and garden retailer Scotts Co., which hopes its creation will be resistant to a common weed-killing chemical.

Preserving land, a few tracts at a time
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - 12 Apr 2004
Blackberries were growing at Ann Van Cott's feet while birds flew over her head earlier this week as she walked through Red Bug Slough, a 70-acre nature preserve that was originally set to become a subdivision.

Proposed sawmill won't have wood supply problem
Daily Sun, AZ - 11 Apr 2004
Coconino National Forest Supervisor Nora Rasure said that a proposed sawmill would play a major part in cutting out risks of catastrophic wildfire. In a sit-down interview Friday, Rasure said that the Forest Service welcomes Savannah Pacific's proposal to operate a $15 million sawmill in Bellemont. It will be designed to utilize the small-diameter trees, which have clogged area forests and ramped up wildfire risks.

Belt Line plan gathers support
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA - 11 Apr 2004
The proposed Belt Line around Atlanta's intown neighborhoods is racing to the forefront of area transit plans, fueled by financial and public support. Just two years ago, Woolard began to advocate building the Belt Line. Until then it had been little more than Gravel's graduate thesis: a 22-mile transit loop using existing and mostly idle rail corridor around the city's core. Now, the concept is enshrined in the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority's comprehensive transit plan, the Atlanta Regional Commission's proposed long-range transportation plan, MARTA's planning program and the city's long-range land-use plan.

Invasion of the Buggy Snackers (and Other Horrors)
Washington Post, DC - 11 Apr 2004
The emerald ash borer probably first arrived at a Great Lakes port in wooden packing material on Korean or Chinese freighters a couple of years ago; since then, it has destroyed 6 million trees in Michigan and has also shown up in Ohio and Canada. A few weeks ago, ash trees near Wolf Trap in Virginia that might have been infested were cut down in an effort to halt any spread of the pest in this area. With luck, it'll work. But if it doesn't, there's a real possibility the borer could do to Eastern ash trees what an Asian blight did to chestnuts in the first half of the last century -- wipe them out.

Road access could decide next dump
Register-Pajaronian, CA - 10 Apr 2004
The new list proposed by the task force makes environmental justice the main deciding factor of where the new dump should be located. Environmental justice looks at the income levels and ethnicity of residents and determines the fairness of locating the landfill in a high-poverty neighborhood.

Farming is Biggest Global Environmental Threat, Says New Book
GreenBiz.com - 9 Apr 2004
Inefficient farming practices are helping to drive deforestation, pollution, ocean degradation and species loss, and constitute the most serious environmental threat in the world today, according to a new book.

Environmental Benefits of Trees are Just a "Click" Away For DC Area Communities
American Forests - 8 Apr 2004
A previous study by American Forests showed that, over the last 15 years, the Washington Metropolitan area lost 30 percent of its naturally forested land while increasing paved and developed areas by 20 percent. Increasing the number of trees in a city can save millions in stormwater management costs while it cleans the air and water for residents.

Alien insects and homogeneity threaten city trees
Environmental News Network - 7 Apr 2004
Millions of urban trees have been felled by the Asian longhorn beetle, the emerald ash borer, Dutch elm disease, sudden oak death syndrome, and yes, by construction managers who compact the soil with heavy machinery or pave over natural landscapes with parking lots.

Charlotte, N.C., Council Trying to Balance Water Quality, Growth
Miami Herald, FL - 6 Apr 2004
More development means more pavement. More pavement generates dirtier runoff. Dirtier runoff hurts water quality. Poor water quality slows down development. City staffers emphasized that Charlotte's decisions on land use will affect its ability to limit pollution and continue growth.

Pollution still plagues river
Tallahassee Democrat, FL - 5 Apr 2004
Ten years after the state directed that the Fenholloway River be cleaned up, the river remains polluted. Wastewater used in the production of wood pulp and cellulose at the Buckeye Florida plant near Perry flows about 24 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. There, the dark, smelly water blocks out sunlight, killing native sea grass.

American River flows to increase
Sacramento Bee, CA - 5 Apr 2004
State and federal water agencies are preparing to send extra water down the American River to counteract rising salinity levels in the Delta - a practice that triggered a major environmental spat last year, when agencies quickly turned off the tap.

Study Shows Environmental Responsibility Can Be Profitable
GreenBiz.com - 5 Apr 2004
A new study by Winslow Management Company adds to the evidence that companies that are good to the environment are also good to their shareholders.

Oconee growth may be too much to handle
Athens Banner-Herald, GA - 4 Apr 2004
Oconee County's population grew by nearly 50 percent in the 1990s, and many residents feel the county might be generating a population influx it can't handle as more and more master planned developments (MPDs) come on line.

Collaborative Partnerships Tackle Local Environmental Justice Issues
GreenBiz.com - 2 Apr 2004
Despite rising to national attention nearly 20 years ago, environmental justice- the exposure of people of color and low-income individuals to environmental hazards and public health risks at greater rates than the general population-remains a troubling problem for many U.S. communities. A new report from the International City/County Management Association finds that collaborative partnerships offer one potential solution to the challenges of environmental justice at the local level.