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Jan 2005 contains 39 News Articles.

This Time, Developer May Not Get His Water
Los Angeles Times, CA - 31 Jan 2005
The US Bureau of Reclamation says the scheme to siphon water to a planned community of 1000 is an illegal diversion of federal water, that bureau officials have known about for a decade but chose not to stop.

Study: Buy more land for Everglades restoration
CNN.com - 31 Jan 2005
The state and federal governments should buy more land, and do so quickly, in order to restore the Everglades before the property becomes developed or too expensive in coming years, according to a new report by the National Academy of Sciences.

Biodiesel blend powers more and more area vehicles
Winston-Salem Journal, NC - 30 Jan 2005
Since the Exxon station's switch in April from regular diesel to biodiesel, customers like Shimar Recycling have driven sales of the fuel up 70 percent, said Edward Holmes, president of gas station owner Holmes Oil Co. The station was the second in the area to offer fuel made from biodiesel to individual consumers.

Protection vs. recreation: the tortoise tussle
Christian Science Monitor - 26 Jan 2005
Environmentalists win legal round to protect a reptile, but off-roaders push to keep desert open.

Antarctica, Warming, Looks Ever More Vulnerable
New York Times, NY - 25 Jan 2005
With temperatures climbing in parts of Antarctica in recent years, melt water seems to be penetrating deeper and deeper into ice crevices, weakening immense and seemingly impregnable formations that have developed over thousands of years.

Nations Ranked as Protectors of the Environment
New York Times, NY - 24 Jan 2005
Countries from Northern and Central Europe and South America dominated the top spots in the 2005 index of environmental sustainability, which ranks nations on their success at such tasks as maintaining or improving air and water quality, maximizing biodiversity and cooperating with other countries on environmental problems.

Rescue Effort For Bay Sinking
Washington Post, DC - 24 Jan 2005
Halfway through a 10-year program to save the Chesapeake Bay, political leaders are acknowledging that the vaunted cleanup is faltering and are calling for major changes midstream.

Anti-bacterial additive triclocarban widespread in U.S. waterways
News-Medical.Net - 24 Jan 2005
Many rivers and streams in the United States are believed to contain a toxic antimicrobial chemical whose environmental fate was never thoroughly scrutinized despite large scale production and usage for almost half a century, according to an analysis conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Countdown to global catastrophe
London Independent, United Kingdom - 24 Jan 2005
The countdown to climate-change catastrophe is spelt out by a task force of senior politicians, business leaders and academics from around the world - and it is remarkably brief. In as little as 10 years, or even less, their report indicates, the point of no return with global warming may have been reached.

Florida sugar companies exploring ethanol as new business
Bradenton Herald, FL - 24 Jan 2005
The fields of western Palm Beach County support the sugar cane that provides quick energy to people. Before too long, that same cane could provide energy for vehicles, in the form of ethanol. Now the sugar industry, under pressure from a weak and changing market, is taking a hard look at using molasses, a byproduct of sugar production, to make ethanol.

Truck speed limits set to drop
Memphis Commercial Appeal, TN - 24 Jan 2005
Tennessee transportation officials this week are expected to approve the first of several requests to reduce truck speed limits in urban areas across the state as a means of fighting air pollution.

Putting Science Before Inspiration, Professor Creates Formula For Designing Landscapes Best Suited For People's Well-being
Science Daily - 22 Jan 2005
UC Irvine social ecologist Oledele Ogunseitan has created a method to measure the relationship between a person's environment and his or her mental well-being. Environmental psychologists have long believed that a relationship between these two exists, but, until now, there has been no scientific method for testing the strength of the association and pinpointing preferences by populations. According to Ogunseitan, this new method can help planners and designers determine which architectural or landscape designs will have a more positive impact than others on a specific population.

Cougars Moving Into U.S. Midwest, Western Suburbs
National Geographic News - 21 Jan 2005
Over the past 18 months the Cougar Network has documented 21 cougars in nine midwestern U.S. states and one Canadian province. The big cats had been long absent from places like Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Manitoba.

Gadget growth fuels eco concerns
BBC News, United Kingdom - 20 Jan 2005
Technology firms and gadget lovers are being urged to think more about the environment when buying and disposing of the latest hi-tech products.

Getting back to firmer ground
Los Angeles Times, CA - 20 Jan 2005
Local hillsides are weakened and give way when people, by design or in ignorance, destroy the natural topography, remove native vegetation or water their gardens unwisely. Once the land has been amputated, raped and scraped — and thus stripped of its natural defenses — the soil must yield to gravity when weighted down with water. So what can hillside dwellers do to keep their sloping land stable? Start sooner than later, the experts say, and let nature be your guide.

Blacks say they were left until last
Columbia State, SC - 18 Jan 2005
Some residents of the New Hope community claim emergency officials deliberately stranded them for hours in the toxic chlorine plume while quickly evacuating more affluent areas.

Miss. firm off to fast start in new fuel frontier
Clarion-Ledger - 18 Jan 2005
Motorists with diesel engines can fill up at the pump of a Mississippi-based business with fuel derived from vegetable oils and reduce air emissions by up to 70 percent. The company is the first in Mississippi to commercially sell biodiesel.

Cow power helps light Vermont
CNN.com - 18 Jan 2005
The 1,500 cows at Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport are producing more than just milk. They're generating electricity.

Deer eating away at forests nationwide
MSNBC - 18 Jan 2005
Nationally, the white-tailed deer population has increased from about 500,000 in the early 1900s to 25 to 30 million today, according to various researchers. Today’s high deer population may shape how the country’s forests look decades from now.

Wildlife in danger - From blazing stars to big-eared bats, Appalachia home to threatened, endangered species
MSNBC - 18 Jan 2005
The Tennessee and North Carolina border, including national parks and forests, is home to as many endangered and threatened species as almost any area in the world.

Environmental enforcement measures approved
Star-Telegram, TX - 17 Jan 2005
Texas environmental commissioners have adopted about 60 measures to improve how the state polices pollution, though some significant changes remain in flux or could take more than a year to put in place. The changes stem from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's 14-month internal review of enforcement programs.

Georgia Town Eyes LEED Silver for New Cultural Center
GreenBiz.com - 17 Jan 2005
Construction is beginning on the $15.6 million Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, a two-story, 50,000-square-foot educational facility. Designed utilizing locally harvested materials and numerous energy- and water-saving strategies, the GEHC is targeted for LEED silver-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Urban Ecology Study Witnessing The Birth Of A 'Designer Ecosystem'
Science Daily - 14 Jan 2005
When Arizona State University's Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research Project (CAP LTER) was funded by the National Science Foundation in 1997, more than 50 scientists signed on to do the multidisciplinary research knowing that they were embarking on something unusual – the first ever long-term ecological study of "a human-dominated ecosystem," aka, a city. After seven years, the project scientists are increasingly convinced that they are looking at a new kind of ecosystem – an ecosystem that is radically different from the native desert that surrounds it and driven in part by forces unlike those usually studied by ecologists.

Urban ecology study witnessing the birth of a 'Designer Ecosystem'
Arizona State University - 14 Jan 2005
Arizona State University's Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research Project (CAP LTER) is the first ever long-term ecological study of "a human-dominated ecosystem," aka, a city. The long-term study has produced results that may transform the study of ecology.

PBS Debuts First TV Show on Responsible Business and Investing
GreenBiz.com - 13 Jan 2005
Ethical Marketplace LLC, a media company that reports on the growth of responsible business in the global marketplace, has announced the national premiere of "Ethical Marketplace," a new half-hour weekly television show airing on PBS stations nationwide, debuting March 15th, 2005. Ethical Marketplace is television's first national show dedicated to reporting the news, trends, and stories of the companies, governments, and people worldwide who are redefining success with socially and environmentally responsible practices, investments, and lifestyles.

Portfolio 21 identifies sustainability trends to watch
GreenBiz.com - 13 Jan 2005
Carbon neutral targets, 'green' accounting and 'cradle-to-landfill' product stewardship are set to become the sustainability trends to watch, and investors should take note, according to Portfolio 21, a US-based global mutual fund company with a sustainability focus.

True Axis of Evil Is Poverty, Pollution, Study Says
National Geographic News - 13 Jan 2005
Acts of terrorism are a worst-case symptom of global insecurity brought about by the festering interplay among poverty, infectious disease, and environmental degradation—the true "axis of evil," according to the Worldwatch Institute in its State of the World 2005 report.

Green reconstruction of tsunami-shattered coasts can limit disasters
Terra Daily - 10 Jan 2005
Better coastal development could have limited the impact of the deadly tsunamis in the Indian Ocean, the environmental organisation WWF said on Monday, urging "green" reconstruction of devastated coastlines. "Places that had healthy coral reefs and intact mangroves, which act as natural buffers, were less badly hit by the tsunami."

Beijing to plant rooftop grass to clean away smog
Reuters Foundation - 10 Jan 2005
Polluted Beijing is planning to clean up its act by planting grass on rooftops, Xinhua news agency said on Monday. The gardening campaign was part of the Chinese capital's drive to improve air quality in time for the 2008 Olympics, it said.

USDA Issues Final Rule for Biobased Products Procurement
GreenBiz.com - 10 Jan 2005
The Agriculture Department has announced the publication of a final rule to implement a program of preferred procurement of biobased products by federal agencies. This program, authorized by section 9002 of the 2002 Farm Bill, requires all federal agencies to preferentially purchase biobased products that have been designated by USDA as eligible under this program.

Wind Power Study Predicts Record Growth in 2005
GreenBiz.com - 10 Jan 2005
While not all North American utilities have embraced wind energy technology, a growing number are beginning to purchase substantial amounts of wind power, and many more are beginning to experiment with new projects. These and other findings are contained in US/Canada Wind Power Markets and Strategies, 2004-2010, EERs newest study of wind power growth.

North American International Auto Show Features Virtually Emission-Free Autos
Yahoo News - 10 Jan 2005
Major automakers this week announced a landmark achievement that will help clean the air and protect the environment, as they introduced at the North American International Auto Show a new generation of vehicles that are 99 percent cleaner than vehicles from 30 years ago.

Animal rights group opposes mute swan killings
Annapolis Capital, MD - 10 Jan 2005
Lawyers for an animal rights group have written to federal authorities opposing a revised law that could allow Maryland to resume killing the elegant yet destructive mute swans this spring. The nonnative birds are blamed for gobbling up millions of pounds of underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay that are critical habitat for crabs and fish. They also crowd out native birds.

Report: 50% More CEOs Report on Corporate Social Responsibilities in 2004
GreenBiz.com - 5 Jan 2005
A new survey by andBEYOND Communications shows that 50% more CEOs heeded this warning in 2004. The New York-based investor relations firm analyzed the letters to shareholders in annual reports published from 1999 to 2004 to see how CEOs described corporate social responsibilities to the larger world.

Breathe easy: S. Florida air is getting cleaner
Sun-Sentinel, FL - 3 Jan 2005
South Florida went through 2004 with the cleanest air in modern memory, largely because of favorable weather and the continued retirement of older automobiles.

Florida focuses on saving its endangered springs
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - 3 Jan 2005
Horror stories abound about Florida's natural springs, some of which have turned from cool bastions of idyllic beauty into victims of such severe ecological damage that they're facing extinction. Some remain lush with water but have descended into weedy neglect. Others are going dry from drought, overpumping or urban development. Others are so polluted that they would sicken swimmers.

Downed trees can complicate wildfire season
Sun-Sentinel, FL - 3 Jan 2005
Across the Treasure Coast, forestry officials and firefighters are preparing for the wildfire season -- usually the dry first six months of any year, with the number of wildfires typically peaking in April, May and early June. This year, trees knocked over by hurricanes Frances and Jeanne are going to make fighting wildfires tougher.

Lake Michigan showing signs of ecological breakdown
Tallahassee Democrat, FL - 3 Jan 2005
On the surface, Lake Michigan remains one of the world's biggest and wildest bodies of freshwater and one of its most popular fishing destinations. But under water, it is largely a man-made production. Lake Michigan has been engineered into a system focused on producing a maximum amount of sport fish, most of which are not native to its waters. Its salmon are saltwater predators that begin life in Midwest hatcheries and are typically unable to reproduce on their own.

An invader from the North
Richmond Times-Dispatch, VA - 2 Jan 2005
The tall, weedy reed (pronounced frag-MITE-eez) is running amok in Virginia's marshes, on riverbanks and even in roadside ditches. Also called common reed, the invasive plant is to wetlands what kudzu, the vine that ate the South, is to higher ground.