Monthly archives: October 2008

Oct

19
2008

Australian farmers trade water to survive

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-10.19.08- In the world’s driest inhabited continent, there is simply not enough water to go around, and households, cities, industries and agriculture all demand their share from stressed reservoirs and rivers. So Australia’s irrigation planting sector relies on a unique trading system to make the most of every drop. Read more


Oct

17
2008

Blaze destroys 2 homes, torches land near Los Angeles

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-10.12.08- LOS ANGELES (AP)- Firefighters backed by water-dumping helicopters and planes gained ground Sunday on a wildfire that destroyed two homes and forced the evacuation of about 1,200 people in a rugged area 20 miles north of downtown Read more


Oct

05
2008

Sign a petition

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-10.5.08- Take action with hundreds of online petitions about the environment, wildlife, endangered species, environmental health, global warming, climate change, national parks and forests, the Arctic, oceans, oil drilling, air pollution, water pollution, the rainforest and more. Read more


Oct

05
2008

Follow-up petition on aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes

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-10.5.08- Until technologies are developed to treat ballast water as pollution, protect the Great Lakes from dirty ballast discharges. In the Great Lakes, complete ballast tank retention must be made mandatory for foreign ships immediately. No foreign ships should be allowed to discharge ballast water or a NOBOB mixture while operating in the Great Lakes. Exercise authorities under the Fisheries Act that states it is prohibited to throw overboard ballast water in any water where fishing is carried on, and also that no person shall destroy fish by any means other than fishing except as authorized by the Minister. Read more


Oct

04
2008

Stop metalic sulfide mining

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-10.4.08- There has never been a metallic sulfide mine that has failed to pollute its watershed. Once such a reaction starts it is difficult to keep this acid drainage out of the water. When water becomes acidic it leaches out and disperses heavy metals into lakes and streams. Heavy metals are dangerous to health, wildlife, and the environment. Read more


Oct

04
2008

Beetle outbreak is altering carbon balance in forests

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-10.4.08- DENVER � An outbreak of mountain pine beetles in British Columbia is doing more than destroying millions of trees: By 2020, the beetles will have done so much damage that the forest is expected to release more carbon dioxide than it absorbs, according to new research. Read more


Oct

04
2008

Ensuring Species Survival

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-10.4.08- Fast isn�t always good. Species, for instance, are estimated to be heading towards extinction at a rate of about one every 20 minutes. That�s a pace a thousand times faster than the norm during Earth�s history. That�s not just fast, that�s out of control. And it�s definitely not good. This situation is directly tied to two issues � habitat destruction and climate change. In the same 20 minutes, we will destroy 1,200 acres of forest and emit 180,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere worldwide. Less forest cover means fewer acres of habitat for species and more climate-changing carbon in the atmosphere. As climate, landscapes, and oceans change, species must move or adapt. Those that can�t simply die out. Read more


Oct

04
2008

Election 2008 – Your green guide to this presidential election

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-10.4.08- You want to know where the presidential candidates stand on offshore drilling, alternative energy investment and all things green. With the help of our friends at Grist.org and TheDailyGreen.com, we’re pleased to offer you comprehensive guides to the candidates’ platforms, voting records and more. Check back often — we’ll be adding coverage of the conventions, debates, vice-president selections and more as the election approaches. Read more


Oct

04
2008

The 10 eco-best fish

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-10.04.08- we�ve pulled together this short list of the 10 eco-best fish. Enjoy them often — the fish below are either wild fish caught from healthy, well-managed populations using low-impact fishing gear, or they�re farmed fish raised in systems that control pollution, chemical use and escapes. (And if you�re wondering what the 10 eco-worst fish are, we�ve got that list, too.) Read more


Oct

04
2008

Stories in the ice

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-10.4.08- Scientists collect ice cores by driving a hollow tube deep into the miles-thick ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland (and in glaciers elsewhere). The long cylinders of ancient ice that they retrieve provide a dazzlingly detailed record of what was happening in the world over the past several ice ages. That’s because each layer of ice in a core corresponds to a single year–or sometimes even a single season–and most everything that fell in the snow that year remains behind, including wind-blown dust, ash, atmospheric gases, even radioactivity. Read more