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Jul 2005 contains 23 News Articles.

Little land on Earth is still untouched
The New York Times - 31 Jul 2005
Pristine lands, by the strictest definition, no longer exist, scientists say. Atmospheric pollution has settled on every earthly surface. Human-induced climate change is affecting ecosystems across the planet. Untrammeled landscapes are fragmented and shrinking.

When the backyard views are of wells and drilling rigs
The New York Times - 31 Jul 2005
When Peggy and Bob Utesch bought a house five years ago on four acres in a town called Silt in rural Garfield County, Colo., they envisioned a quiet, pastoral life. What they got instead was the constant noise and exhaust of heavy trucks and natural gas drilling equipment, not to mention rig workers urinating on their lawn.

Getting 'smart' about growth
The Press Democrat - 30 Jul 2005
Codding Enterprises is moving forward with plans to transform the former Agilent Technologies property in Rohnert Park using "smart growth" concepts, a development model increasingly in vogue in planning circles.

Land-use ruling impacts growth
The Olympian - 29 Jul 2005
In order to comply with a recent ruling from the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, commissioners must rewrite the county's land-use plan and change zoning to halt urban sprawl. The county's plan was challenged by Futurewise, a statewide public interest group that focuses on environmental concerns.

Oil Leasing for National Forest Announced
Associated Press - 28 Jul 2005
Los Padres National Forest will allow companies to drill for an estimated 17 million barrels of crude oil or natural gas within its borders, forest officials announced Thursday. Roadless wilderness areas and habitat for the endangered California condor will be preserved, officials said. However, conservation groups raised concerns and at least one said it was considering taking legal action to stop the plan from going forward.

A butterfly map of America's green space
The Christian Science Monitor - 28 Jul 2005
Butterflies are good environmental indicators, biologists say. Tracking the types and numbers of butterfly species across time and space can provide early warnings when something is amiss. If it succeeds, the United States will have in place a biological gauge to measure everything from the health of prairies to changing weather patterns.

New Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report urges corporations to face environmental challenges and maximize green opportunities
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) - 25 Jul 2005
Companies who use the earth’s natural resources more wisely are likely to see bigger profits and enjoy more stable and predictable businesses, a new report published today argues.

New study shows benefits of sustainable forestry certification
GreenBiz.com - 22 Jul 2005
A new study has found that independent, third-party certification for environmentally and socially sustainable management of timberlands has led to vital, measurable improvements in the protection of forests, wildlife, and stakeholder rights worldwide as well as to the long-term economic viability of forestry operations.

Sequoia National Park cuts fire threat
The Fresno Bee, CA - 18 Jul 2005
Crews focused on five acres near a Park Service barn, workshop and corral near the Atwell Mill Campground. "The areas we're working on are 'urban interface,' park land that surrounds private cabins on private land. We're reducing fuel on the park land to protect these communities."

Polluting now to save trees in the future
Los Angeles Times - 18 Jul 2005
Scientists wearing protective face masks roamed a private, remote 80-acre grove, checking the levels of greenhouse gases being sprayed onto the trees. The $8 million project ' Aspen FACE ' is the world's largest outdoor climate-change experiment.

New Report Exposes Illegal Logging In Canada's Boreal Forests By Weyerhaeuser Operations Supplying Xerox
Rainforest Action Network - 15 Jul 2005
Ivestigations by local residents, Saskatchewan Environmental Society and Rainforest Action Network reveal that Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY, TSX: WYL) is illegally logging in Canada’s Boreal forests to make plywood and copy paper for Xerox (NYSE: XRX) and other U.S. corporations.

Survey: leaders back urban green
Clarion-Ledger, MS - 13 Jul 2005
A recent Mississippi State University survey finds that civic leaders around the state support the establishment of urban and community forestry projects to enhance their communities.

Trees cut to save the forest
The Steamboat Pilot - 10 Jul 2005
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to chop down a lot of trees in order to keep parts of a forest alive. The idea of chopping down trees to save other trees may be counterintuitive, but it's necessary because of exploding beetle populations, Cadenhead said. Much of the forest surrounding Gore Pass is mature Lodgepole Pine, trees that are susceptible to mountain pine beetles. With recent drought, beetle populations have grown exponentially.

Businesses rewarded for creative wood use
Missoulian - 9 Jul 2005
With poster-size checks and etched plaques, Undersecretary of Agriculture Mark Rey encouraged locals to find more ways to make money from small-diameter wood and celebrated some successes in small-wood utilization at a meeting in Missoula on Friday morning.

National Environmental Policy Act is 'at a crossroads'
Los Angeles Times - 7 Jul 2005
NEPA is facing strong challenges from the Bush administration, Congress and business interests who say the law has been holding up progress on a number of fronts, among them building highways, preventing forest fires and drilling for oil and gas in the Rocky Mountains.

Earth is getting warmer and darker
Newcastle Evening Chronicle - 7 Jul 2005
Getting rid of pollutants from the atmosphere may speed up the rate of global warming, according to a report. The investigation by science and technology magazine "BBC Focus" highlights evidence from a range of international studies, looking at the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth's surface and the effect on our climate.

Wildfire emissions totaled
Chemical and Engineering News - 7 Jul 2005
The enormous wildfires that burned millions of acres in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon during the 2004 summer also generated huge plumes of carbon monoxide and other pollutants and affected large areas of the Northern Hemisphere with higher ground-level ozone levels, a new study shows.

Hot idea: fight warming with nuclear power
MSNBC - 6 Jul 2005
When it comes to global warming, President Bush's refusal to endorse mandatory action means he is largely isolated on the world stage. But when the curtain rose at the Group of Eight summit on Wednesday, he was poised to tout a climate strategy shared by some peers, and more surprisingly, by a few environmentalists: nuclear power.

Ethanol and biodiesel from crops not worth the energy
Cornell University - 6 Jul 2005
Turning plants such as corn, soybeans and sunflowers into fuel uses much more energy than the resulting ethanol or biodiesel generates, according to a new Cornell University and University of California-Berkeley study.

Carbon emissions threaten sea life
CNN - 5 Jul 2005
Excessive carbon in the atmosphere is already causing irreparable environmental damage to the Earth's oceans and drastic cuts in emissions are necessary to prevent further devastation, a panel of leading scientists has warned.

Biotech fights pollution with one tree at a time
CNN - 4 Jul 2005
On the site of a former hat factory in Danbury, Connecticut, a stand of genetically altered cottonwood trees sucks mercury from the contaminated soil.

British scientists say carbon dioxide is turning the oceans acidic
The New York Times - 1 Jul 2005
Whether or not it contributes to global warming, carbon dioxide is turning the oceans acidic, Britain's leading scientific organization warned yesterday. In a report by a panel of scientists, the Royal Society said the growing acidity would be very likely to harm coral reefs and other marine life by the end of the century.

Study: parking lots pollute
The Austin Chronicle - 1 Jul 2005
A new study by the city of Austin and the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that coal-tar sealant, the shiny black stuff that goes on parking lots to protect asphalt from the elements, may be a major source of water pollution in Austin.