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Feb 2007 contains 13 News Articles.

Governor reinstates council to fight peril of non-native species
Arizona Daily Star, Arizona - 27 Feb 2007
Governor Janet Napolitano has permanently reinstated the Arizona Invasive Species Advisory Council to address threats from non-native species such as the roof rat, the yellow star thistle, and the recently discovered quagga mussel. The council will be operated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and state Department of Agriculture, and will be a crucial step in achieving control and/or eradication of exotic species that pose risks to the biological systems and economy of the state.

Minorities bear unfair burden of area air pollution, study says
The Mercury News, California - 27 Feb 2007
According to a report conducted by a coalition of health and environmental groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, minorities represent over two thirds of the population of people living within one mile of plants or industries with reported toxic air emissions. In response, the Bay Area Environmental Health Collaborative Members are calling for agencies to change their policies to provide environmental justice when approving new industrial plants and regulating existing ones.

Survey Plots Locations Of 79,000 Urban Trees
The Ledger, Florida - 22 Feb 2007
Lakeland, Florida, recently received a grant from the U.S. Forest Service and the Florida Division of Forestry to survey its trees. The survey reported a high diversity of trees (223 species) but also noted some key concerns, such as the threat of invasive tree species like Chinese tallow and Brazilian pepper. The article also outlines some of the key management considerations in urban forestry practices.

International donors to back Viet Nam's sustainable development
Viet Nam News Agency, Viet Nam - 22 Feb 2007
The international community has promised to help Viet Nam overcome the difficulties it will face to achieve its sustainable development targets during integration into the international community. The country’s environmental commitments include waste water and industrial waste treatment, as well as new controls on air and noise pollution.

Kids living near 'Green Spaces' less likely to be overweight
Health Central, IN - 22 Feb 2007
Children who live in densely populated urban areas may be less likely to be overweight if they have parks and lawns in their neighborhoods, a U.S. study suggests.

Green light for green housing
The Argus, UK - 22 Feb 2007
A world first environmentally friendly housing development has been given the green light by city planners. Brighton and Hove City Council (UK) agreed yesterday to plans to build the first ever 'One Planet Living' community development at the Brighton Station site. The One Planet Living (OPL) project is jointly run by the World Wildlife Fund and international sustainability organization Bioregional. It aims to help people live within a sustainable ecological footprint.

Climate and forest homes factors in increasing wildfire deaths
ABC Channel Seven News, Oregon - 20 Feb 2007
The total number of people killed fighting wildfires hit 24 last year, double the number in 2005 and six more then the average of the past 10 years. Experts warn that the size and intensity of wildfires is increasing due to longer, hotter, and drier summers, as well as an increase in fuel buildup accumulating from fire suppression. This article also reports that the growing number of wildfire related deaths is strongly correlated with the growth of the wildland-urban interface, which has seen an increase in over 8.4 million homes from 1990 to the present.

Suburban sprawl pitting man vs. nature, wildlife experts say
Houston Chronicle, Texas - 20 Feb 2007
Human-animal entanglements are on the rise nationwide, fueled by suburban sprawl and creatures steadily adapting to man. This issue has prompted the state of Texas to organize the first ever comprehensive urban wildlife conference in Dallas, where biologists, animal control officials, parks departments and others will meet to discuss the latest approaches to dealing with wildlife problems such as destructive feral pigs, coyotes losing their fear of humans, and deer overpopulation.

New model helps explore patterns of urban sprawl and the implications for quality of life
ASU Insight, Arizona - 20 Feb 2007
About 81 percent of the United States ' population now lives in urban areas, as does almost half of the world's total population. A new model created at Arizona State University will help predict patterns of urban sprawl, its implications for natural systems, as well as the quality of life for city-dwellers.

City aims to set high standard on air quality
Yorkshire Post, UK - 20 Feb 2007
Sheffield (UK) could soon become a "beacon" city for its work on improving air quality, to be used as a model for other urban areas wanting to make positive changes.

Gov Proposes $600m in "Smart Growth" Spending
Globe St., Connecticut - 13 Feb 2007
Gov. M. Jodi Rell proposes to spend nearly $600 million in state funds over the next two years for smart growth initiatives across the state. Funding will be allocated to programs such as the Farmland Preservation Program, the Open Space Grant Program, the Recreation and Natural Heritage Program, and various clean water projects in order to promote responsible development.

Across Texas, conserving water is essential to life
Channel 8 News, Austin Texas - 13 Feb 2007
Rapid urbanization and population growth in Texas, coupled with frequent wildfires and a dry spell that has devastated its crops, has caused concern over the future of the state’s drinking water supply. As the demand for clean drinking water increases, cities throughout the state are seeking to amend the problem by encouraging proper land management techniques within local communities.

Wildlife Preservation Focuses on Private Land
Baltimore Sun, New York - 13 Feb 2007
Rural areas serving as vital habitat for grassland wildlife are in danger of development through the sale of private land. A new program is being launched by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation in hopes of preserving imperiled habitat on private land by providing monetary incentives to landowners who agree to manage their land for wildlife.