WUI in the News

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Jan 2010 contains 15 News Articles.

Some Utah cities shirking cost of fighting wildfires
Deseret News - 20 Jan 2010
Increasingly, cities have begun to annex that so-called

Emergency Service: Firefighting Robots
Safety and Health Practitioner - 20 Jan 2010
Engineers at Sheffield Hallam University have been working with firefighters from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to design firefighting robots. The robots, called Guardian and Viewfinders, have been funded by the European Union and are in the final testing stages. They are able to navigate and search urban areas, such as warehouses and factories, during large-scale incidents. The machines have laser-range, radio signal and ultrasound sensors, which connect to a wireless ad-hoc network and forward data to a human operator and a control station.

Earthquake in Haiti Shattered Efforts to Restore Resources, Boost Agriculture
New York Times - 18 Jan 2010
Work on restoring Haitian forests has been suspended, perhaps indefinitely. Water supplies throughout the nation will have to be reassessed, and funding for food production and storm protection is now threatened as international attention is turned to meeting Haiti's desperate emergency needs.

Haiti's next peril? Quake, plus deforestation, may cause more landslides
USA Today - 15 Jan 2010
Haiti's recent earthquake, combined with its widespread deforestation, heighten its risk of more landslides, scientists warn. In poverty-stricken Haiti, many people cut down trees to use as fuel, so its natural forests are almost totally destroyed, according to a National Geographic story. This poses a stability risk, because tree roots help keep soil from shifting.

Firms Partner to Develop Carbon Offsets From Forests in Arkansas, Missouri
Arkansas Business - 15 Jan 2010
A California firm and a Missouri company are collaborating to develop carbon offsets from more than 300,000 acres of privately owned forest in the Ozarks Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri.

Milwaukee awarded $1.1 million for green job training
Business Journal-Milwaukee - 14 Jan 2010
The city of Milwaukee has received a $1.1 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Pathways Out of Poverty program. The funds will be used to train workers in skills for the growing green economy.

Los Angeles County Considers Early Detection System for Wildfires
Firehouse.com - 12 Jan 2010
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' decision today to study an automated wildfire detection and response system was lauded by residents of wildfire-prone foothill communities, but fire experts are skeptical whether such technology exists or if it would be effective.The board authorized studying a 24-hour, all-weather system that could result in wildfires being put out within minutes of starting.

The invisible threat: Get informed during Radon Awareness Month
Rockdale Citizen - 9 Jan 2010
A naturally occurring gas that seeps out of rock and soil, radon can enter houses through the slightest of cracks or openings in the ground level of a structure. Radon alpha particles attach to dust or smoke and when inhaled can penetrate the mucus membranes of the lungs, causing cell damage that can lead to cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking, killing 20,000 people annually, according to the World Health Organization. In Georgia, estimated radon lung cancer deaths average 822 each year.

Scientists Call for Moratorium on Issuance of Mountaintop Mining Permits
Science Daily - 8 Jan 2010
In the Jan. 8 issue of the journal Science, they argue that peer-reviewed research unequivocally documents irreversible environmental impacts from this form of mining which also exposes local residents to a higher risk of serious health problems.

Feds kick off contribution to Everglades restoration at Picayune Strand
Naples news - 7 Jan 2010
The project, part of a decade-old Everglades restoration plan, is the first to break ground and the first to get federal money under the 2000 state-federal agreement.The $53 million job will build the first of three pump stations planned along canals that were dug in the 1970s for a failed housing development. The pumps will maintain an existing level of flood control for the burgeoning subdivision north of I-75 after 40 miles of canals are plugged and 260 roads removed south of the pumps.

DNR likely to escalate war on chronic wasting
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel - 6 Jan 2010
Based on a Wednesday meeting of a special Natural Resources Board committee, the DNR probably will be asked to stiffen its chronic wasting disease (CWD) management plan to include more sharpshooting and other intensive - but publicly unpalatable - deer reduction measures. Wisconsin has become the laboratory for CWD research in an Eastern, high-density white-tailed deer herd. Among the findings: CWD isn't found statewide but clustered in south-central and southwestern Wisconsin; the disease prevalence increases with the age of the deer; and it hasn't been found to jump the species barrier to cattle or humans.

Overseas Collections Play Important Role in Controlling Invasive Species
USDA Agriculture Research - 6 Jan 2010
When the Florida melaleuca population needed to be controlled, ARS scientists at ABCL in Brisbane began surveying, collecting and curating the herbivorous insects of melaleuca and adding them to their extensive collection. More than 450 insect species in the collection feed on melaleuca alone. Two of these insects have been successful in curbing melaleuca's spread and a third has successfully established, thanks to the leadership and cooperative effort from the ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory (IRPL) in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and cooperators. The insects join tens of thousands of herbivorous and parasitic insects in ABCL's collection that have been professionally preserved for permanent storage.

Waste Management plans new wildlife habitat at Atascocita landfill
The Tribune (Texas) - 4 Jan 2010
Waste Management, in a joint project with Texas Parks and Wildlife, has planned a wildlife habitat at the Atascocita Landfill, and the first projects to come into fruition will provide shelter for chimney swifts and screech owls.

New vaccine prevents Dutch elm disease
Lethbridge Herald - 2 Jan 2010
There is no cure for Dutch elm disease once it hits a tree and it must be cut down. Cities have already ordered the equipment to apply a new bio-vaccine that is 99% effective in the prevention of Dutch elm disease. Dutch Trigr was approved by Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency after an extensive review of the project. It is a live vaccine that is injected into susceptible elm trees on an annual basis.

It was dead wood, now lumber is the 'new oil'
The Times - 1 Jan 2010
Locked in a 16-year down-cycle and ending the decade as the most dismal commodity performer, lumber is poised to become the crude oil of the new decade. It all depends on Chinese building codes and the financial mathematics of 150 million new kitchen tables. Lumber products, particularly those made in Canada and Russia, may now be in hot demand as a cheaper way of putting up new housing. The mass urbanisation of China over the next ten years could see lumber prices soar by more than 300 per cent, driven by a combination of unprecedented demand and the same flood of speculative money that gave the world $150 per barrel oil in 2008.