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Jun 2008 contains 23 News Articles.

California wildfires spark call to boost resources
The Christian Science Monitor - 30 Jun 2008
More than a thousand fires are burning across northern California's wildlands, forcing federal, state, and local firefighters to make tough triage decisions. With homes and human life as first priorities, at least one local timber company has had to hire its own private firefighters. Now, fire chiefs are sounding the alarm about the chronic shortfalls in resources. A blue-ribbon panel last week called on the state to add more trucks, helicopters, and fully staffed teams to its fire arsenal. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger supports beefing up the forces. But he's proposing to pay for it with higher fees on homeowners in fire-prone areas, reflecting concerns here that wildlands development lies at the root of the problem.

Ancient oak trees help reduce global warming
Environmental News Network - 30 Jun 2008
The battle to reduce carbon emissions is at the heart of many eco-friendly efforts, and researchers from the University of Missouri have discovered that nature has been lending a hand. Researchers at the Missouri Tree Ring Laboratory in the Department of Forestry discovered that trees submerged in freshwater aquatic systems store carbon for thousands of years, a significantly longer period of time than trees that fall in a forest, thus keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.

Raising the issue of urban forests
BellinghamHerald.com - 30 Jun 2008
A group of Happy Valley residents came up with an interesting name for their plan to promote trees and natural drainage in their neighborhood. They call it a 'Green Infrastructure Plan.' Not very glamorous for something as poetically beautiful as a tree, but it makes sense.

U.S. ecosystem report indicates trouble
Environmental News Network - 27 Jun 2008
Years of industrial and agricultural growth have left an indelible imprint on many formerly vibrant U.S. ecosystems. While nature is adept at resilience, the depletion and contamination of natural resources, especially water, may affect human health and wellbeing, a new report suggests. Released last week by the federally funded environmental think tank The Heinz Center, The State of the Nation's Ecosystems offers what the authors consider the most comprehensive look at countrywide ecosystem health.

From gravel pit to open space: Eagle River Preserve project completes phase I
realvail.com - 27 Jun 2008
When the Vail Valley Foundation and its partners closed on the 72-acre Eagle River Preserve parcel on Sept. 13, 2005, everyone involved acknowledged that returning the former gravel pit to its natural state would definitely be a work in progress.

Agencies polish wildfire protection plan
eonow.com - 27 Jun 2008
The Oregon Department of Forestry, Umatilla County Emergency Management and local fire agencies are making the rounds across Umatilla County, ready to get a last bit of feedback and introduce the west county Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Firefighters mass to protect Big Sur; Schwarzenegger requests federal emergency declaration from Bush
Los Angeles Times - 27 Jun 2008
Firefighters bolstered their defenses today against an expanding wildfire that threatened coastal homes in the storied tourist town of Big Sur while bracing for fresh lightning strikes that could ignite new fires across Northern California. The blazes prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today to request that President Bush declare a state of emergency in the region.

The cost of sprawl
courant.com - 26 Jun 2008
If you weren't already convinced that sprawl is a major problem in Connecticut, how much are you paying for gas to drive to work? Companies in suburban and rural industrial parks are now putting that question to prospective workers. With the price of gas well north of $4 a gallon, an employee facing a long commute to a job that pays $10 to $20 an hour might not net enough at the end of the week to make the drive worthwhile. By the same token, a company is reluctant to invest in an employee who may leave after a short time because of the cost of transportation.

Township considers increase in open-space tax
APP.com - 26 Jun 2008
UPPER FREEHOLD - For those interested or not in preserving open space, such as farmland and forest, or those interested or not in recreation needs, now is the time to be heard. The Township Committee is considering putting a referendum on the Nov. 4 general election ballot that would increase its dedicated open-space tax, currently at 4 cents per $100 of assessed property. With this in mind, township officials want citizen input on the matter.

Biofuel use 'increasing poverty'
BBC News - 25 Jun 2008
The replacement of traditional fuels with biofuels has dragged more than 30 million people worldwide into poverty, an aid agency report says.

Climate change may challenge national security, classified report warns
EurekAlert - 25 Jun 2008
The National Intelligence Council (NIC) has completed a new classified assessment that explores how climate change could threaten U.S. security in the next 20 years by causing political instability, mass movements of refugees, terrorism, or conflicts over water and other resources in specific countries. The House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to be briefed Wednesday, June 25, on the main findings.

Making the most of our water
The Arizona republic - 25 Jun 2008
How much water is enough? Metropolitan Phoenix can claim one of the most robust renewable water supplies in the West, a double-barreled network of reservoirs and canals fed by three river systems. Yet in the desert, water is never a certainty.

Major technological progress needed to make renewable energy affordable
Environmental News Network - 25 Jun 2008
Major technological progress needed to make renewable energy affordable says a study by the RAND corpoaration. Dramatic progress in renewable energy technology is needed if the United States desires to produce 25 percent of its electricity and motor vehicle fuel from renewable sources by 2025 without significantly increasing consumer costs.

Smart growth looking smarter
commercialappeal.com - 24 Jun 2008
Not long ago, "smart growth," "sustainable growth" and "New Urbanism" were terms thrown around primarily by environmentalists and urban planners.

New study highlights urbanization's impact on natural resources
The Nature Conservancy - 24 Jun 2008
The Nature Conservancy and Harvard University recently released a new study examining the effect of staggering urban growth on nature and people that finds we must improve urban planning now.

New policy advocates for sustainable forest management as a key to climate change mitigation
Marketwire - 24 Jun 2008
Sequestration of carbon is one of several environmental and societal values derived from sustainably managed forests, according to the Great Lakes Forest Alliance, Inc. The organization has just released a Carbon Policy Statement that outlines the relationships between forests, carbon management and climate change, and recommends focus areas for policy development, research and public education.

Firefighters battle hundreds of lightning-sparked blazes in California and New Mexico
International Herald Tribune - 23 Jun 2008
Cooler weather helped firefighters gain ground on hundreds of wildfires that charred bone-dry terrain across the heart of wine country and remote forests in Northern California. Firefighters in southern New Mexico, meanwhile, were trying to stop a 43,000-acre (17,400-hectare) wildfire that's destroying grazing allotments since starting in the Lincoln National Forest, a U.S. Forest Service fire information officer said.

Meeting set on cash for open space
Poughkeepsie Journal - 23 Jun 2008
Dutchess County Planning and Development Commissioner Roger Akeley will discuss a proposal to preserve open space in the county with legislators during an Environment Committee on July 10; County Executive William Steinhaus forwarded a $1.6 million bond resolution.

Where research and tourism collide
The New York Times - 22 Jun 2008
GOTHIC, Colo. - When Michael Soulé researched butterflies in this mountain valley in the early 1960s, the nearby town of Crested Butte was little more than a busted coal-mining settlement. 'You couldn't even buy a mug or a T-shirt,' said Dr. Soulé, now a conservation biologist. Crested Butte, reborn as a skiing and mountain-biking mecca, today has rows of boutique shops and easy mountain access. At the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, where Dr. Soulé and generations of other researchers have studied remote alpine habitats, growth is changing both the landscape and the data they collect. The lab, like many other long-running ecological research sites, is trying to decide whether to study such changes or fight them.

Smart technology could reduce global emissions by 15 per cent
Environmental News Network - 20 Jun 2008
Transformation in the way people and businesses use technology could reduce annual man-made global emissions by 15 per cent by 2020 and deliver energy efficiency savings to global businesses of over EUR 500 billion(GBP400billion/USD 800 billion), according to a new report published today by independent non-profit The Climate Group and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).

A way of life is feeling the heat
BBC News - 20 Jun 2008
International development policies are undermining the long term survival of some of the globe's poorest communities, argues Masego Madzwamuse. In this week's Green Room, she says the skills and knowledge needed to survive in the world's harsh drylands are being sacrificed in the name of progress.

Kurt Meyer: town's growth not quite fuel efficient
Noblesville Daily Times - 19 Jun 2008
As Noblesville residents wearily gas up with fuel prices climbing above $4 a gallon, it�s worth examining the design of our town. Can the design of a community and its roadways save gas?

Building on the principles of green
Marketplace; American Public Media - 19 Jun 2008
Today, Congress holds a hearing on global warming and our dependence on foreign oil. It's a chance for advocates of "Smart Growth" to show off what they're up to.