WUI in the News
Here you can find current news articles about wildland-urban interface issues in the U.S. and abroad. Please note that while Interface South maintains news archives for reference, the links may no longer be active. You may need to contact the source or host website for more information.
Sep 2004 contains 46 News Articles.
Russia backs Kyoto climate treaty
BBC News, United Kingdom - 30 Sep 2004
The Russian government has approved the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and sent it to parliament for ratification. Until now, Moscow has wavered over the treaty, which can only come into force with Russian ratification.
The New Frontier: Finding Biodiversity in the Urban Jungle
Columbia Spectator, NY - 29 Sep 2004
The goals of the study are to document the impacts of urban factors--such as pavement and people--on biodiversity, and to introduce students to the real-world process of scientific inquiry.
In Jeanne's wake, new efforts to prevent 'natural' disasters
Christian Science Monitor - 29 Sep 2004
Experts say aid priorities should include preparation and risk reduction as well as emergency relief. "There is no such thing as a natural disaster," says Jonathan Walter, a disaster expert with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. "So often it is human causes that underlie the catastrophes."
Power company agrees to cut Md., Va. pollution
Baltimore Sun, MD - 28 Sep 2004
Pressured by regulators, the owner of four major power plants in the Washington area announced plans yesterday for cutting air pollution linked to urban smog and "dead zones" in the Chesapeake Bay.
Hurricane leaves trail of risks to public health
Miami Herald, FL - 28 Sep 2004
Hurricane Jeanne's legacy of power outages and flooding could create a range of public-health problems for the Treasure Coast, from mosquito-borne illness to carbon-monoxide poisoning, officials said Monday.
Feeling Sick? New Study Suggests Urban Sprawl Is Partly to Blame
Los Angeles Times, CA - 28 Sep 2004
A study released Monday by the Rand Corp. found that people who live in sprawling areas, such as the Inland Empire or Atlanta, are more likely to report chronic health conditions than those in compact urban cores like Long Beach or New York.
Study touts restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley: Downstream water, green power could replace dam, it says
San Francisco Gate, CA - 28 Sep 2004
The dam and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir are linchpins of a system supplying water to 2.4 million people in the Bay Area and some of the most powerful farm interests in the Central Valley. It's also a significant source of clean hydroelectric power generation.
Campaign aims to get people up and walking
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - 28 Sep 2004
Here's an age-old idea that seems quaint in a car-reliant society: Those feet are made for walking. Selling that notion is at the root of several campaigns urging people to walk more to fight obesity, promote family time and help keep North Texas air clean.
Day at the beach hard on lungs, study shows
Houston Chronicle, TX - 28 Sep 2004
For the past two years, Petronella has studied how lifeguards' lung capacity and ability to expel air change when a long day on the beach is made more difficult by dirty air.
Spending for farmland preservation held steady in 2003
Agriculture.com - 28 Sep 2004
Many areas of the country experienced budget shortfalls last year, but states and communities continued to spend steadily to protect farmland, American Farmland Trust reports.
Invading Bullfrogs Appear Nearly Unstoppable
National Geographic News - 28 Sep 2004
The North American bullfrog population is booming. That may sound like good news, but it isn't 'not when the frog has leaped far beyond its native habitat. Native to North America east of the Rocky Mountains, bullfrogs are now found throughout the world. In many areas outside their native range, the frogs are outcompeting and eating just about everything in their path.
Rival Technologies Vie for 'Green' Car of Tomorrow
Planet Ark, United Kingdom - 27 Sep 2004
Carmakers presented new-age automobiles at the Paris car show that could give much-hyped fuel cells a run for their money in the coming market for vehicles that do less damage to the environment.
Athens air quality on upswing
Athens Banner-Herald, GA - 27 Sep 2004
Athens-Clarke County's levels of fine-particle pollution, or soot, declined below a federal minimum standard in 2003, according to data released by the state Environmental Protection Division's Ambient Monitoring Program.
Close-knit community divided over conservation status
Dallas Morning News, TX - 27 Sep 2004
The close-knit community is divided over a petition to consider conservation district status' a zoning change that would preserve the neighborhood's character through development restrictions. While some say it will give residents a stake in the future of the evolving neighborhood, others worry it will limit their property rights and freedom to build.
S.C. hunters lament encroaching housing
Charlotte Observer, NC - 27 Sep 2004
Hunters now find themselves siding with conservationists on restricting growth and conserving some green space.
Virginia gets $4.5 million EPA grant to fight storm water runoff
EPA Press Release - 27 Sep 2004
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $4,553,900 grant to help control pollution from storm water runoff throughout Virginia. The EPA grant, which goes to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, will be combined with $3 million in state funds to support Virginia’s non-point source water pollution control program.
Developers squeeze Florida big cat
Christian Science Monitor - 24 Sep 2004
Defenders of the wildlife service's approach say there is nothing wrong with cooperating with developers. Critics say the cooperation is changing the face of southwest Florida and jeopardizing the survival of the panther.
Plants Perform "Green Clean" of Toxic Sites
National Geographic News - 24 Sep 2004
Many plants employ natural processes to clean contaminated soil and groundwater. One such process is phytoremediation, by which plants remove heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, from soil. Researchers are now helping plants do a quicker, better job of rehabilitating polluted sites through phytoremediation.
Atlanta approaches clean air standard
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA - 22 Sep 2004
Metro Atlanta, branded one of the country's smoggiest cities, is expected to reach one federal Clean Air Act milestone for the first time in 25 years, though regulators are quick to point out that there is still much to do to make the air healthy to breathe.
Researchers Discover 'Hole' In Global Warming Predictions
Science Daily - 22 Sep 2004
In the future, global warming might not be as severe in the central United States as in other parts of the country, according to scientists at Saint Louis University and Iowa State University.
CMH Architects designing 'green' building at Auburn
Birmingham Business Journal, AL - 22 Sep 2004
CMH Architects Inc. is designing Auburn University's first building - the new Department of Building Science facility - to pursue the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification.
UF Researchers Find Frozen North May Accelerate Global Warming
UF News, FL - 22 Sep 2004
The 3 to 7 degree rise in temperature predicted by global climate models could cause the breakdown of the arctic tundra's vast store of soil carbon, releasing more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the air than plants are capable of taking in, said Michelle Mack, a University of Florida ecologist and one of the lead researchers on a study that will be published in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.
Second Thoughts for a Designer of Software That Aids Conservation
New York Times, NY - 21 Sep 2004
Australia's recent decision to ban fishing on a third of the Great Barrier Reef represented an important endorsement for an obscure computer program that has become the brains behind many conservation plans around the world. But last month, one of the inventors of the program raised questions about its usefulness in protecting the environment, suggesting that simpler rules used by conservationists for years may be more effective than elaborate plans concocted with computer software.
Western states dodged wildfire threats this summer
Christian Science Monitor - 21 Sep 2004
Better weather, ready personnel, and a more aware public soften the toll in the lower 48 states.
Linking Green Building & Certified Forestry in Pennsylvania
PRNewswire - 21 Sep 2004
At a news conference today, researchers from Allegheny College released a new directory to help link supply and demand for "green" forest products in Pennsylvania.
EPA Launches 'International Gateway' Library Online
GreenBiz.com - 20 Sep 2004
A new U.S. EPA Web site offers environmental policies and best practices from countries around the world, including Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.
The greenest house on the block
Portland Tribune, OR - 17 Sep 2004
The unassuming little house on Northeast Ainsworth Street is just 800 square feet, but it incorporates technologies that thrill architects like Brockman. From its staggered-stud frame to its solar water heating system, the Rose House is the first home in Portland to create more electricity than it uses.
Triad closer to getting off EPA's high-ozone listing
Winston-Salem Journal, NC - 17 Sep 2004
The Winston-Salem-Greensboro area was ranked 16th worst in the nation in high ozone levels in a report by the American Lung Association. Yesterday, the EPA bumped the Triad up from a classification of "moderate" to "marginal nonattainment," giving local governments more flexibility in finding ways to deal with the air-pollution problem.
Nowhere to hide: GPS technology puts invasive plants on the map
OutdoorRelease.com - 17 Sep 2004
A weed might be the last thing you'd expect global positioning system (GPS) technology to track, but that's exactly what's happening at America's wildlife refuges across the country. To assess the harm done from non-native plants to native ecosystems, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the National Institute of Invasive Species Science of the U.S. Geological Survey have launched the Cooperative Volunteer Invasives Program, a pilot program to track the invasives threat on six national wildlife refuges located in California, Florida, New Hampshire, Montana, Texas, and Ohio.
Farm Documentary Is 'Home Grow'n'
Los Angeles Times, CA - 17 Sep 2004
In a political season teeming with cinematic activism, Ojai filmmaker Dulanie Ellis is about to add her voice to the mix. The Hollywood veteran tonight will play host at the premiere of her documentary on farmland preservation and smart growth, a film designed in part to influence Ventura County voters as they weigh a November ballot measure aimed at protecting open space.
New rules unveiled to battle toxic air
Courier-Journal, KY - 17 Sep 2004
Louisville air regulators yesterday unveiled six new and eight modified regulations that make up its proposed program to reduce toxic air. The regulations are designed to allow the metro government to curb toxic air pollution within six years.
Coyote attack on dog points to collision of habitats
The Oregonian, OR - 17 Sep 2004
Statewide, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported an increase in complaints this year on animal attacks, including dogs and livestock, said Rick Boatner, assistant wildlife biologist. The attacks come from coyotes to cougars, Boatner said, and it's unknown whether the increased complaints are due to growing populations of wildlife or to more people complaining.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Offers Solutions to Wildlife Nuisance Problems
PRNewswire - 16 Sep 2004
Each passing year, wildlife problems and conflicts appear to be increasing in the Commonwealth, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which has been managing the state's wildlife for more than 100 years. And not just in the country. More and more, wildlife is getting into trouble in urban and suburban areas. In fact, wildlife nuisance control work has become a thriving business in most cities and suburban areas.
In suburbia, it's a wild, wild life
Christian Science Monitor - 16 Sep 2004
Now, federal researchers can confirm a trend many have long thought existed: Human contact with a surprising variety of wildlife is reaching new highs. According to a decade of previously unreleased federal data, wild animals are moving in with the Joneses.
Nation's defenses against exotic invaders remain thin
Lexington Herald-Leader, KY - 16 Sep 2004
Reduced staffing, overtime cuts and the new priority on catching terrorists has meant that passengers arriving on international flights are screened less rigorously and perhaps not at all for banned produce, plants and even raw meat they might carry. Similarly, cargo that might carry insects or larvae is getting less scrutiny or examined by customs inspectors with little scientific training.
Forest Service offers FireWise Web site
Victorville Daily Press, CA - 16 Sep 2004
Researchers for the USDA Forest Service designed and recently released a computer model program, called FireWise, that helps homeowners determine how much of a threat nearby trees and brush could pose to their homes in a wildfire.
Livestock air law has no penalties
Des Moines Register, IA - 15 Sep 2004
Iowa has its first limits on air pollution from livestock operations - but the rule has no teeth, and few are satisfied with it.
Toxic chemicals are found in city's drinking water
Corpus Christi Caller-Times - 15 Sep 2004
A government study has found harmful chemicals in Corpus Christi's tap water, but the chief researcher says that's no reason to stop drinking it. For more than 14 years, Corpus Christi's way of cleaning its drinking water has produced toxic byproducts that scientists have only discovered recently, according to the study by an Illinois university and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Research Uncovers Added Value Of Streamside Forests
Science Daily - 15 Sep 2004
A team of researchers led by scientists from the Stroud Water Research Center in Avondale, Pa., has discovered that streamside (or riparian) forests play a critical 'and previously unacknowledged' role in protecting the world's fresh water.
Saving Water Cuts Energy Use, Says Report
GreenBiz.com - 14 Sep 2004
As California's electricity demand sets record highs and the southwest U.S. is parched by drought, a new report shows the hidden connection between two scarce resources, energy, and water. The report's authors say that saving water is an untapped way to also save energy and even to keep the lights on when the electric grid is strained during hot summer months.
UF "Hurricane House" Shows Little Damage After Direct Hit By Hurricane Frances
UF/IFAS News, FL - 14 Sep 2004
"This was as close as you can get to a direct hit, and the hurricane house came through the storm with little or no damage," said Anita Neal, the St. Lucie County extension director with UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. "Our hurricane house demonstrates that it is possible to build a home that will come through a category 4 or 5 hurricane such as Ivan."
Storm worsens water quality
Daily Commercial, FL - 10 Sep 2004
In the post-Hurricane Frances era, water quality is 'unfortunately at the bottom of the list' in Lake County compared to keeping waterways navigable and water levels at reasonable heights, Lance Lumbard of the Lake County Water Authority said Thursday.
Extinctions Could Have Domino Effect, Study Says
National Geographic News - 9 Sep 2004
In a study released today, researchers warn that the loss of plants and animals currently listed as threatened or endangered could have a domino effect on other species that depend on them. The scientists estimate if the nearly 12,200 animals and plants worldwide currently listed as threatened or endangered were to disappear, another 6,300 "affiliate" species could also be lost.
The right plant community in a riparian zone prevents costly soil erosion
Desert-Mountain Times, TX - 9 Sep 2004
The role of plant roots in stabilizing creeks and rivers, especially native plants, is important. Introduced noxious plants like salt cedar can stabilize riverbanks too, but the negative effects far outweigh the positive. Plant roots literally hold the earth together, especially on slopes and along waterways.
U.S. Faces Growing Feral Cat Problem
National Geographic News - 7 Sep 2004
Some feline experts now estimate 70 million feral cats live in the United States, the consequence of little effort to control the population and of the cat's ability to reproduce quickly. The number concerns wildlife and ornithology organizations that believe these stealthy predators decimate bird populations and threaten public health.
Nature's Weedeaters: Keeping goats for fun and thinning
Payson Roundup, AZ - 7 Sep 2004
Instead of the usual array of dogs, the park was full of goats happily munching away on just about anything growing there, but especially a pesky, prickly weed called, appropriately enough, goatheads.