WUI in the News

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Dec 2005 contains 19 News Articles.

Storm erupts over water runoff from oil, gas sites
Associated Press - 30 Dec 2005
A power struggle is under way in Colorado over who tracks the environmental impact of stormwater runoff from oil and gas sites, with the industry saying it should be the same agency that issues drilling permits and water quality regulators insisting they should do it.

Congress aims to curb overfishing
Christian Science Monitor - 28 Dec 2005
New England's fish stocks are particularly threatened, and some lawmakers want tough penalties.

State recycles oyster shells to boost births
National Geographic News - 28 Dec 2005
North Carolina restaurants can now toss oyster shells into the recycling bin. State officials are using the shells to build oyster reefs to help restore coastal fisheries.

Arsenic-treated wood may have a long toxic legacy
Environmental Science and Technology Online - 21 Dec 2005
Although residential use of a common arsenic-based wood preservative was phased out in 2003, new research indicates that leaching from products treated with it could impact soils and groundwater for decades to come.

Entrepreneurs log the unwanted urban forest
Christian Science Monitor - 21 Dec 2005
Traditionally, urban trees chopped down because of disease, age, or development have been sent to the dump. But increasingly, entrepreneurs and small businesses are identifying ways to more constructively use the estimated 3.8 billion board feet of timber - about 25 percent of the annual hardwood lumber production in the United States every year - that is removed from cities and suburbs annually.

States fight emission rule
Chicago Tribune - 20 Dec 2005
Illinois and 14 other states are challenging the Bush administration's proposal for regulating mercury emissions from power plants, arguing the rule fails to adequately protect Americans from exposure to the toxic metal.

A push for animal-friendly roads
Christian Science Monitor - 20 Dec 2005
A stream of traffic flows along Picture Rocks Road, past two roadside culverts where Natasha Kline is checking for animal tracks. The tunnels, intended to drain a sandy wash, are serving instead as life-saving byways for wildlife along this busy commuter route through Saguaro National Park.

Politics weigh heavily in pesticide approval process, critics say
Palm Beach Post, FL - 19 Dec 2005
What chemicals can end up in your drinking water? Is it decided by science or politics? Scientific specialists who have worked for the state, monitoring water quality and other pesticide-related issues, say they sometimes were overruled by their superiors when they tried to ban pesticides they considered dangerous.

Two California forests commit to new protocols to protect global climate
GreenBiz.com - 19 Dec 2005
Two privately owned California forests have become the first forestlands to join the California Climate Action Registry. The landowners announced their intent to remove over 3 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere -- the annual emissions equivalent of over 500,000 cars -- during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP11) meeting.

Energy and environment
U.S. Embassy - 15 Dec 2005
The U.S. State Department’s special representative for sustainable development has challenged European nations to strive for specific and identifiable goals in their efforts to help bring greater world access to energy services.

More blacks live with pollution
Associated Press - 14 Dec 2005
An Associated Press analysis of a little-known government research project shows that black Americans are 79 percent more likely than whites to live in neighborhoods where industrial pollution is suspected of posing the greatest health danger.

The puzzle of environment and cancer
International Herald Tribune - 14 Dec 2005
Researchers are studying farmers, who are routinely exposed to pesticides, to see if there is a connection between chemicals and cancer trends.

Cities adopt cheaper, simpler recycling
Christian Science Monitor - 14 Dec 2005
Single-bin system spreads to 22 states, but critics say it creates more trash.

We have multiple use; that's the 'problem'
Missoulian - 13 Dec 2005
Acknowledging inherent conflicts, limitations is helpful in finding right balance of forest uses.

When the sea destroys a road, the question arises: Is it worth saving?
New York Times - 13 Dec 2005
Storms wash out the road to Fort Pickens in the Gulf Islands National Seashore in Florida. But some experts fear that a plan to armor the road would degrade the beach, just as a sea wall did in Long Branch, N.J.

University of Michigan renovation shows high-tech environmental design
Detroit Free Press, MI - 12 Dec 2005
Sunflower seed hull cabinets, bamboo floors, solar panels and composting toilets are among the green -- meaning environmentally friendly and energy-efficient -- components of the recently renovated Dana Building, home to the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

New bill to shift power to cities
Toronto Star - 12 Dec 2005
The bill to be introduced would make it more difficult for developers to bypass municipal councils and go straight to the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) with major rezoning proposals.

A paradise paralyzed may be poised for rebirth
Pensacola News Journal, FL - 11 Dec 2005
Since Hurricane Ivan struck Sept. 16, 2004, redevelopment has suffered because of the endangered Perdido Key beach mouse and a state limit on beach dwelling units.

Research forest created in Sierra
MontereyHerald.com - 1 Dec 2005
For the first time in more than 40 years, the Forest Service has established a new experimental forest in California to study management techniques and reduce wildfire threats in the Sierra Nevada.