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  • First Presbyterian narrowly votes to stay with denomination.

    02/23/2014 11:28:04 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 23, 2014 | Mike Tolson |
    A hard-fought effort to move one of Houston's iconic Christian churches from its long-standing denomination to a new, more conservative group narrowly failed Sunday, with the congregation voting heavily in favor of the move but falling short of the supermajority needed for approval. The leadership of First Presbyterian Church, which was established shortly after Houston's founding, had unanimously endorsed the move from Presbyterian Church USA to the breakaway denomination called ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. The senior pastor, his staff, and the elected leaders from the congregation argued that PCUSA, the nation's largest Presbyterian body, had become too...
  • Greenpeace says Russia denies it Arctic access

    08/21/2013 10:50:07 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 21 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 08/21/2013 | AFP
    MOSCOW (AFP) -- Greenpeace said Wednesday that Russia had denied its ship access to Russian Arctic waters to hide the extent of its lucrative energy exploration work in the fragile ecosystem. The global environmental lobby group said its Arctic Sunrise icebreaker intended to enter the Northern Sea Route to protest at work being conducted jointly by Russia's Rosneft energy giant and its US partner ExxonMobil. Arctic Sunrise confronted the Rosneft-contracted Akademik Lazarev last week near the Barents Sea as the Russian vessel was performing powerful seismic sounding tests. The environmental watchdog said Russian authorities had refused it permission to enter...
  • The Sierra Club Exposed

    06/09/2013 7:41:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/9/2013 | Marita Noon
    In a news cycle where the lack of transparency is revealed daily, it is refreshing when something previously opaque exposes its true motives. Such is the case for the Sierra Club and its desire to block oil and gas drilling. I’ve written many times on environmental groups’ influence over use of public lands and how they often use claims of some endangered flora or fauna as cover for their efforts to block any beneficial economic development, such as mineral extraction or agricultural activity. They cry about some critter when in fact it is really about control—control of public lands.
  • N.M. Senate Race Ad: Heinrich Too Extreme ( Obamacare taxes )

    09/05/2012 9:41:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jul 24, 2012 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Republican Heather Wilson, a candidate for U.S. Senate in New Mexico, has a new ad criticizing her opponent, Democratic congressman Martin Heinrich, for voting twice for a medical device tax that Heinrich had noted himself would be bad for job creation. ... Wilson, a former member of the House, is running to replace retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman in the Senate.
  • Want to See the Human-Sized Hobbit House That Costs Less Than $5,000 to Build?

    11/25/2011 9:24:01 AM PST · by TheDailyChange · 56 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 11242011 | Liz Klimas
    This is not some set left over from The Lord of the Rings. This hobbit house is an honest-to-goodness man-sized home. Not only does it fit a family of four, but it cost just over $4,650 to build.
  • Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Show Lackluster Sales in February

    03/04/2011 12:37:34 PM PST · by Sneakyuser · 39 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 3/3/2011 | Megan McArdle
    Autoblog reports that the Chevy Volt sold 281 units in February, down from 321 in February. Meanwhile, sales of the Nissan Leaf dropped from 87 to 67. The trend seems pretty dismal: . . . here's the big scorecard for all sales of these vehicles thus far: Volt: 928 Leaf: 173 Ouch.
  • Seasonal energy-saving tips and answers to eco-questions

    12/21/2010 2:21:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 21, 2010 | Monica Eng
    As we celebrate this season of gifts, gatherings and light, we'll probably also use extra energy, travel extra miles and buy things people don't need. Drat..... Q. Which method of shopping has the smallest carbon footprint and uses less energy: store shopping or online shopping? A. Both forms of shopping add to carbon dioxide emissions that end up trapping heat in the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. But the exact impact depends on a lot of factors, including the shipping method, the weight and number of your items, the number of miles you'd travel to the store, your mode...
  • Frito Lay to Scrap Loud SunChips Bag

    10/05/2010 3:13:06 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | October 5, 2010 | KAREN RUSSO
    Ladies and gentleman, somehow, over the loud, crinkling noise, FritoLay hears you. And changes are coming. About 18 months after the company unveiled its new 100 percent compostable packaging for SunChips, the company has said it will transition back to the original packing for five of its six flavors. The original, plain flavored chips will still be sold in the eco-friendly wrappers.
  • 3 hostages safe, gunman shot, killed at Discovery

    09/01/2010 3:07:31 PM PDT · by Dacula · 36 replies
    WTOP ^ | September 1, 2010 - 5:43pm | wtop
    SILVER SPRING, Md. - Montgomery County Police have shot and killed a gunman who held several people hostage in the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring for nearly four hours Wednesday.
  • Extraordinary solar yacht almost complete

    02/25/2010 6:09:11 AM PST · by · 6 replies · 786+ views ^ |
    All the yacht admirers are eagerly awaiting the launch of the catamaran-style solar yacht by its builders – PlanetSolar. This novel concept of yacht involves utilization of solar power with the help of 500 square meters of solar panels. However, another unique part of this news is the interesting itinerary that the yacht is expected to make around the world following its release in Germany on February 25.
  • USDA lists 'concerns' about Tester wilderness bill (MT)

    12/18/2009 12:54:16 AM PST · by This_far · 179+ views
    Montana Standard ^ | 12/17/2009 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says its has several concerns about Sen. Jon Tester's plan to create more wilderness and mandate more logging in Montana's national forests. Speaking at a hearing Thursday, a top Agriculture Department official says Tester's bill would require logging levels in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest that are ``not reasonable'' and may be unachievable. Harris Sherman, an Agriculture undersecretary who oversees the Forest Service, also said he was concerned at the bill's cost and mandates that he said could create a harmful precedent for other national forests. Tester's bill would add 600,000 acres of Montana wilderness,...
  • New Documentary Challenges Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth' on Global Warming

    11/21/2009 12:15:46 PM PST · by Marty62 · 12 replies · 580+ views
    Fox News ^ | update 11-21-2009 | Fox
    Al Gore's award-winning global warming film "An Inconvenient Truth," socked two years ago by a British court ruling that found several errors, is facing additional scrutiny with the release of a new documentary that seeks to rebut many of Gore's claims. In Gore's film, directed by Davis Guggenheim and released in 2006, the former vice president argues that humans are causing climate change, a problem he says is the biggest moral challenge facing the globe. If humans don't act to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases, Gore contends, the deaths caused by climate change will double in 25 years to...
  • How your pet is killing the planet (Enviro-nuts say dog = SUV)

    10/26/2009 8:51:16 AM PDT · by Callahan · 88 replies · 2,075+ views
    Salon ^ | 10/26/09 | Andrew Leonard
    New book -- "Time to Eat the Dog" -- claims golden retrievers have the same carbon footprint as SUVs As provocative titles go, "Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living," is a doozy, guaranteed to ensure outrage and oodles of provocative blog post headlines. As summarized in The Telegraph, New Zealand-based authors Robert and Brenda Vale have calculated the carbon footprint of pet-ownership and arrived at some disturbing conclusions. A medium-sized dog has the same impact as a Toyota Land Cruiser driven 6,000 miles a year, while a cat is equivalent to a Volkswagen Golf.... [The...
  • Can America Afford to 'Go Green'?

    04/24/2009 4:05:33 AM PDT · by rmarley · 21 replies · 769+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 22, 2009 | DAN HARRIS
    Strange-looking synthetic trees that suck carbon dioxide out of the air. Algae that can turn into gas. A candy factory fueled by methane from a local dump. At an Earth Day celebration in Newton, Iowa, today, President Obama said the United States must lead the world in renewable energy. He said his energy plan would simultaneously help the environment and the economy.
  • Police warn of growing threat from eco-terrorists

    11/19/2008 12:55:59 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies · 757+ views
    The Observer ^ | November 9 2008 | Mark Townsend and Nick Denning
    Fear of deadly attack by lone maverick as officers alert major firms to danger of green extremism. Police have warned of the growing threat of eco-terrorism after revealing they are investigating a group which has supporters who believe that reducing the Earth's population by four-fifths will help to protect the planet. Officers from a specialist unit dedicated to tackling domestic terrorism are monitoring an eco-movement called Earth First! which has advocates who state that cutting the Earth's population by 80 per cent will ease pressure on other species. Officers are concerned a 'lone maverick' eco-extremist may attempt a terrorist attack...
  • A biologist reviews an evolution textbook from the ID camp

    09/26/2008 1:51:12 AM PDT · by Soliton · 6 replies · 416+ views
    Ars Tecnica ^ | September 24, 2008 | John Timmer
    The Discovery Institute, as indicated by its wedge document, wishes to eliminate science's focus on natural causes. The group views this focus as the source of society's increasing materialism, which makes it anathema in the belief system of Discovery's members. Stephen C. Meyer, the lead author of EE, heads the Discovery Institute and is mentioned by name in the wedge document, as is coauthor Paul Nelson. Evolution has been singled out for special ire by Discovery, as it provides an explanation for the origin of humanity based solely on natural processes. Although the ID movement has not developed a research...
  • Ecotowns: for and against...British "slum estates of the future..."

    06/15/2008 7:30:42 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 14 replies · 487+ views
    The Times of London ^ | June 15, 2008 | Richard Girling
    This is how it will be. Across the fair face of Albion, to the ringing of bells and the soft murmur of doves, appears a leafy flush of eco-towns. They are sun-dappled utopias, urban dreamworlds in which no human need is unfulfilled. Wildlife romps through bird-loud glades. People work at home or in business parks to which they can stroll or cycle. Public transport is swift, efficient and free, so cars are not needed. Community sports hubs, leisure and cultural facilities are so abundant that nobody wants to leave the town anyway. Children walk safely to schools in which the...
  • Eco-Crap: Paper versus reusable plates/cups???

    04/25/2008 2:37:31 PM PDT · by agooga · 33 replies · 1,137+ views
    Does anyone have a link, example or opinion about the "eco costs" associated with eating off of paper plates versus porcelain ones in the work place? Pretty fine-tuned debate, I know, but a co-worker was making a big point today of not eating lunch at work off the provided paper plates. I mentioned that it might actually be less "damaging" to the environment not to have everyone standing in line at the sink with the hot water running washing their plates after lunch. She was not buying it, but hell, I don't know if I was either. Your thoughts?
  • FBI: Eco-Terrorism Remains No. 1 Domestic Terror Threat

    04/01/2008 4:35:40 PM PDT · by BGHater · 24 replies · 153+ views
    Fox News ^ | 31 Mar 2008 | Fox News
    For nearly seven years, the nation has turned its terror focus on Al Qaeda and the hunt for Usama bin Laden. But there is a domestic terror threat that federal officials still consider priority No. 1 — eco-terrorism. The torching of luxury homes in the swank Seattle suburb of Woodinville earlier this month served as a reminder that the decades-long war with militant environmentalists on American soil has not ended. "It remains what we would probably consider the No. 1 domestic terrorism threat, because they have successfully continued to conduct different types of attacks in and around the country," said...
  • Lawn-watering spat leads to death

    11/01/2007 3:27:45 AM PDT · by martyboy · 27 replies · 78+ views
    CNN ^ | Oct 31 2007 | CNN
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  • Duluth Enacts Civic Ecology(becomes an "Eco Municipality.")

    06/28/2006 1:41:34 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 16 replies · 352+ views ^ | 6-27-06 | ap
    Duluth, Minn. Duluth has become the third U.S. city to become an Eco Municipality. Ashland and Washburn enacted the Swedish-born sustainability program last year. The Duluth City Council passed a resolution last month pledging to move toward four basic principles of sustainability: use fewer natural resources, use fewer man-made or synthetic chemicals, cause no additional degradation to the Earth and meet all human needs.
  • Photo latest fuel in Churchill flap ( Ward got caught stealing, again )

    05/16/2006 8:04:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies · 1,958+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | May 16, 2006 | Berny Morson
    Author says CU prof used picture of hers without permission... The photograph of a child's grave in University of Colorado ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill's 2004 book about Indian boarding schools jumped out at Brenda Child. That's because Child, a member of the Red Lake Ojibwa tribe, took the picture and published it in 1998 in her own award-winning book on the same subject. "I was surprised that was there because he's never sought my permission to use it and it appeared without my knowing that it would be in his book," said Child, a University of Minnesota faculty member...
  • Violinist mom charged with being US environmental terrorist

    04/01/2006 6:23:44 PM PST · by wjersey · 193 replies · 5,104+ views
    Breitbart (AFP) ^ | 4/1/2006 | Staff
    A mother that gives violin lessons will face trial in the northwestern US state of Washington on charges she was an environmental terrorist, prosecutors said. Briana Waters, 30, of the famously liberal California city of Berkeley, has pleaded innocent in a Seattle federal court that she that fire bombed a horticulture center in 2001. A US district court judge allowed Waters to remain free pending the start of her trial in June, but ordered that she turn in her passport and have her whereabouts monitored electronically. Waters was the first person charged in connection with an attack that destroyed the...
  • CA: Three sentenced in firebombing attempts in Sierra foothills - ELF eco-terrorists

    03/17/2006 6:24:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,026+ views
    Three eco-terrorists were sentenced Friday to federal prison for a series of firebombings that put towns in the Sierra foothills on edge. Ryan Daniel Lewis, 22, the alleged leader of the group, was sentenced to six years, and two sisters - Eva Rose Holland, 26, and Lili Marie Holland, 21 - were each handed two-year prison terms. Prosecutors alleged Lewis recruited the Holland sisters and Jeremiah Dean Colcleasure, 24, on Christmas Eve 2004 to help him burn down two unoccupied upscale homes in Lincoln, a Sacramento suburb, in the name of the Earth Liberation Front. The FBI calls the ELF...
  • Eco-Terrorism's War on Man

    01/25/2006 7:55:35 PM PST · by AZ_Cowboy · 9 replies · 553+ views
    FrontPage ^ | January 25, 2006 | Onkar Ghate
    The good news: a federal grand jury in Eugene, Oregon, has indicted 11 people on charges that they committed acts of domestic terrorism on behalf of the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front. Moreover, now one of the FBI's "highest domestic terrorism priorities," according to director Robert S. Mueller III, is to prosecute people who commit crimes "in the name of animal rights or the environment." Nevertheless, it remains worrisome that we still dismiss such terrorists as deranged individuals who pervert the ideology of environmentalism. Even more worrisome is that few of us intellectually grasp, and then rise...
  • Eco-friendly subdivisions may save more than the planet

    11/03/2005 1:10:10 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 59 replies · 1,405+ views
    The Beacon News ^ | 11/3/2005 | Matthew DeFour
    For years, environmentalists have petitioned government officials about preserving open space and designing eco-friendly neighborhoods, but it turns out that cost-conscious developers should be the ones advocating change. New research reveals that building "conservation communities" can be 15 to 54 percent cheaper than traditional suburban developments, according to Wisconsin-based Applied Ecological Services (AES). The difference between traditional and conservational development is in the design principles. Typical subdivisions tend to have wider streets, turf lawns, gutters and storm sewers, but those cause less water to be absorbed into the ground and more runoff, which can erode soil and pollute local water...
  • Eco-Imperialism and the Drive to Destroy the Free Market

    10/27/2005 2:04:13 PM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 11 replies · 518+ views
    Axcess News ^ | October 27, 2005 | Tom DeWeese
    AXcess News) Washington - Max Keiser is a new kind of terrorist. He uses the Internet and boycotts to manipulate stock prices. In that way he forces corporations to comply with his brand of radical environmentalism and Sustainable Development. He puts his hands around corporate throats and squeezes until they comply with his demands. Max Keiser and his ilk hate business and they hate free enterprise and are using these tactics to redistribute wealth and cause chaos in the market place. Keiser's operation is called "KarmaBanque." That new age-focused name alone should give readers an idea of the wacky worldview...
  • Endangered Species Act Is a Failure

    10/26/2005 5:38:23 PM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 11 replies · 724+ views
    The Ledger Online ^ | Published Monday, October 24, 2005 | Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite
    In 1973, the American bald eagle population had drastically declined. Populations of American alligators, humpback whales and other landmark species were also diminishing, and America needed to act. In response, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The law was supposed to protect imperiled species on the brink of extinction. However, more than three decades later, the Endangered Species Act has failed to live up to its noble expectations. Today, nearly 1,300 species have been afforded the law's protections, yet, just 10 species have been taken off the list due to recovery. The truth be known, not one single...
  • Fishing: Public health expert examining catches for heavy metals

    10/24/2005 8:56:50 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 24 replies · 511+ views
    Pittsburg Post Gazette ^ | Sunday, October 23, 2005 | Deborah Weisberg
    It was a first for veteran anglers at one of the Allegheny River's hottest spots. They were being asked to donate their fish to science. On a recent Saturday, a cadre of fishermen at the Highland Park Dam filled buckets with white bass and channel catfish so that Dan Volz, a public health expert, can tell them someday soon whether what they catch is loaded with heavy metals and estrogen-like compounds, or chemicals that mimic the effect of estrogen, a hormone produced by the body and needed for the development and growth of female sex organs. snip While there are...
  • Agency would cut murrelet from list (Endangered Species Act Alert!)

    10/21/2005 10:00:44 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 13 replies · 492+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Friday, October 21, 2005 | Jeff Barnard
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed yesterday that it will propose removing threatened-species protection from the marbled murrelet, a small seabird at the center of battles over logging in the Northwest. The proposal, to be formally made by the end of the year, will start a yearlong evaluation of the status of the bird. The marbled murrelet lives its life at sea but uses big old trees near the coast for nesting, laying a single egg in a mossy depression on a large branch. The proposal is based on the idea that the 17,000 to...
  • Regional vegetation die-off in response to global-change-type drought

    10/19/2005 11:24:05 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 6 replies · 347+ views
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Science ^ | October 10, 2005 | David D. Breshears a, b, Neil S. Cobb c, Paul M. Rich d, Kevin P. Price e, f, Craig D. Allen g, Rand
    Future drought is projected to occur under warmer temperature conditions as climate change progresses, referred to here as global-change-type drought, yet quantitative assessments of the triggers and potential extent of drought-induced vegetation die-off remain pivotal uncertainties in assessing climate-change impacts. Of particular concern is regional-scale mortality of overstory trees, which rapidly alters ecosystem type, associated ecosystem properties, and land surface conditions for decades. Here, we quantify regional-scale vegetation die-off across southwestern North American woodlands in 2002-2003 in response to drought and associated bark beetle infestations. At an intensively studied site within the region, we quantified that after 15 months of...
  • Researchers look to Native history to gather ideas about forests and flames (Fire Ecology)

    10/17/2005 8:28:17 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 15 replies · 461+ views
    The Missoulian ^ | Monday, October 17 2005 | Michael Jamison
    POLSON - Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1792: Traveling the borderland between modern Montana and the endless expanse of what's now known as southern Alberta. Still smoking all around, the explorer notes: ”grass having been lately burnt,“ ”grass nearly all burnt,“ ”grass yet burning.“ For days, his journals are filled with fire, no end in sight. Yet there hadn't been a lightning strike in who knows how many weeks. When Hudson's Bay Co. fur trader Peter Fidler first laid eyes on the wide wild West, it seemed to him a pristine wilderness, a garden shaped from on high and never yet bent...
  • Cattle grazing could help endangered species

    10/17/2005 7:55:36 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 10 replies · 401+ views
    Spero News ^ | 10/17/2005 | Spero News
    There may be a surprise in store for environmentalits - removing cattle grazing could actually be damaging to the environment. An article published in the latest issue of Conservation Biology finds that cattle grazing plays an important role in maintaining wetland habitat necessary for some endangered species. Removing cattle from grazing lands in the Central Valley of California could, inadvertently, degrade the vernal pool habitat of fairy shrimp and tiger salamanders. Cattle grazing influences the rates of evaporation which work together with climate to determine the depth and duration of wetland flooding. Cattle have been grazing in the land for...
  • Southern Rocky Mountain Population of Boreal Toad No Longer Candidate for Listing

    10/05/2005 8:51:03 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 25 replies · 513+ views
    The Center for North American Herpetology ^ | 5 October 2005 | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    USFWS Contacts: Al Pfister(970)243-2778 x 29 or Diane Katzenberger (303)236-4578 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the withdrawal of the Southern Rocky Mountain population of the Boreal Toad (Bufo boreas boreas) from the list of species being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has determined that listing this population of the Boreal Toad at this time is not warranted because it does not constitute a distinct population segment as defined by the ESA. Although no further action will result from this finding, the Service will continue to seek new information on the taxonomy,...
  • Environmentalists say $404 million dollars needed for species protection

    10/04/2005 8:40:21 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 44 replies · 1,815+ views
    The Center for North American Herpetology ^ | Monday, October 03, 2005 | CNAH
    Environmentalists proposed a $404 million global action plan yesterday at a conference in Washington D. C. to protect and preserve amphibian species. The conference came in response to a study last year that revealed one-third of all amphibian species face a high risk of extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International joined other wildlife groups to plan further research studies and long term initiatives to protect amphibian habitats. Next is the task of securing funds for the projects from private institutions and individual donors. "The frogs are trying to tell us something," said Andrew...
  • Endangered Species Act undergoes overhaul

    10/03/2005 7:59:01 PM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 13 replies · 499+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | Mon, Oct. 03, 2005 | BILL LAMBRECHT
    WASHINGTON - (KRT) - The new version of the Endangered Species Act approved by the House is unlikely to pass muster in the Senate, at least right away. Critics worry especially about a murky provision that could pay landowners tens of millions of dollars in damages for property devalued by restrictions due to rare critters or plants. Nonetheless, sponsors' success in getting this far and winning bipartisan backing shows widespread recognition of problems in one of the nation's most venerable environmental laws. In a barometer of emotions flowing on the issue, no fewer than four Old Testament books (Genesis, Psalms,...
  • No protected status for amphibian (Endangered Species Act!)

    09/29/2005 7:06:31 PM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 7 replies · 549+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 8/29/05 | Theo Stein
    Expecting to be fed, boreal toads at an Alamosa hatchery turn toward the photographer. Scientists say they now won t have to get special permits to study the creatures, speeding research on a fungus decimating the population. (Special to The Denver Post / Mark H. Hunter) Colorado's boreal toad was removed as a candidate for the federal endangered-species list Wednesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That could be good news for ski-slope developers - and maybe even for the toad itself. An exotic fungus that is hammering the warty, high-elevation amphibian made it a candidate for endangered-species protection...
  • Phrynosoma Phlattens Pheds: Fish and Wildlife erred in taking it off potential endangered list

    09/16/2005 8:10:10 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 10 replies · 465+ views
    The Center for North American Herpetology ^ | 9/16/2005 | Benjamin Spillman
    A lizard known for its dinosaur-like features is back in line for endangered species protection, according to backers of the tiny, desert reptile. A federal judge in Arizona on Tuesday ruled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred when it dropped the Flat-tail Horned Lizard from consideration as a "threatened" species eligible for special legal protection. In a 15-page ruling, District Court Judge Neil Wake said the government "violated the Endangered Species Act" by failing to evaluate the impact of habitat loss on the species when it withdrew a proposal to list it as threatened. The ruling, according to environmentalists...
  • BP incidents draw FBI scrutiny

    08/14/2005 10:06:20 AM PDT · by BellStar · 28 replies · 1,322+ views
    The Daily News ^ | Published August 13, 2005 | By TJ Aulds
    You don’t have to be a conspiracy buff to think the recent spate of incidents at BP facilities was maybe a little much to comfortably call coincidence. The FBI’s not going near that, but did confirm it was conducting what it called routine investigations of the incidents. Bureau officials said there was no evidence or indication that any of the incidents might involve deliberate acts, and that such probes had become routine since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. BP’s Texas City oil refinery and a subsidiary’s chemical plant at Chocolate Bayou have been at the center of six large incidents in...
  • Group Aims to Save Rattlesnakes in New York Park

    07/22/2005 10:42:25 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 64 replies · 3,677+ views
    Group Aims to Save Rattlesnakes in New York Park Westport, New York: The ponytailed environmentalist hiked down the ridge, over the gray rocks and matted brown leaves, stopped among the hardwoods, and said, "Right down the side, it's prime country here." The warm, southeast-facing rock cliffs overlooking Lake Champlain mark the northern limit of the Timber Rattlesnake's habitat. Jaime Ethier, in boots and jeans, was bushwhacking from Champlain Palisades down to the pebbled shores of the lake - through terrain where he wouldn't see a coiled dark snake unless he nearly stepped on it. The Adirondack Council conservation director appeared...
  • Turtles Threatened By Federal Permit That Would Help NC Fishermen

    07/06/2005 8:27:57 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 5 replies · 413+ views
    NBC 17 News ^ | 07/05/05 | AP
    WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Gill net fishermen in Pamlico Sound could kill up to 100 threatened and endangered sea turtles every year through 2010 under a federal permit sought by the state. The permit also would allow up to 320 additional turtles to be caught and released during each September-to-December flounder fishing season. The proposal has outraged environmentalists and drawn criticism from some federal and state officials. They note that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't allowed to harm a third of that number of turtles for its dredging operations across the whole Southeast. The state Division of Marine Fisheries believes...
  • Salamanders found on High School Site are Hybrids; Not an Endangered Species

    06/29/2005 9:24:22 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 18 replies · 681+ views
    The Center for North American Herpetology ^ | 6/29/05 | Ann Schimke Ann Arbor News
    The eight salamanders found on the site of the new Ann Arbor high school are not endangered Smallmouth Salamanders [Ambystoma texanum] as originally thought. Instead, they are hybrids, part Blue-spotted Salamander [Ambystoma laterale] and part Jefferson Salamander [Ambystoma jeffersonianum], said James Ball, a York Township research scientist in herpetology who did some of the testing on the amphibians. Neither the Blue-spotted nor the Jefferson Salamander are on the threatened and endangered species list in Michigan, and hybrid salamanders do not qualify as threatened or endangered in the state, either. District officials, who learned of the salamanders' lineage on June 8,...
  • Endangered Species Act under fire from two directions

    06/28/2005 8:03:52 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 26 replies · 512+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/28/05 | Brad Knickerbocker
    ASHLAND, ORE. - Nobody's very happy with the federal Endangered Species Act - arguably the most powerful of all environmental protection laws. Scientists and activists say it fails to protect hundreds of "candidate" species headed for extinction because agencies haven't been able to get to them yet for lack of resources or political support. Property rights advocates say the law unfairly harms farmers, ranchers, and developers who have on their land what some deride as an inconsequential bug or weed. Western governors of both parties say they should have more influence over how the law is defined and enforced. And...
  • Beleaguered Salamanders Now Plagued by Deformities

    06/27/2005 9:34:33 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 32 replies · 851+ views
    Kansas City InfoZine ^ | 6/26/2005 | Jim Low
    Missouri's status as the only state with both subspecies of hellbender could be in jeopardy. Jefferson City, Mo. - infoZine - Pity the hellbender. For years, its numbers have been dwindling in the face of indiscriminate killing, illegal collecting and changes in the streams it inhabits. Even its love life has been affected. Now it faces a new tribulation, physical deformities. What's an amphibian to do? This one is getting help from the conservation agencies. Missouri is the only state that has both hellbender subspecies-Ozark and Eastern. To the average person, they are indistinguishable. Both are endangered in Missouri. The...
  • Group Calls for End to the Endangered Species Act's "Reign of Terror"

    06/23/2005 8:27:39 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 19 replies · 619+ views
    Toronto Free Press ^ | 6/23/05 | Peyton Knight
    Washington, D.C.–In a letter to House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-CA), the American Policy Center (APC) and over 50 public policy groups called for an end to the federal government’s unconstitutional practice of taking land and property rights under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Chairman Pombo plans to make reauthorizing the ESA a priority of the current Congress. "There are some who claim that the Act needs to be ‘strengthened,’ ‘updated,’ or ‘modernized,’" said APC president Tom DeWeese. "How absurd. For three decades this law has done nothing but steal property, destroy economies, shatter livelihoods, cost billions of dollars,...
  • Feds Intervene for Endangered Wyoming Toad

    06/22/2005 8:32:28 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 21 replies · 506+ views
    Environmental News Network ^ | 6/22/2005 | Associated Press
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to reintroduce several hundred more Wyoming toad tadpoles in Albany County. The Wyoming toad is the only toad in the Laramie Basin and the basin is the toad's only home. The toad was listed as endangered in 1984 and thought to have gone extinct in 1987, although toads were later found at Mortenson Lake southwest of Laramie. Thousands of toads have since been bred in captivity and released, with mixed results. The latest release is planned on private land near Centennial and the Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge. It's part...
  • Should we hunt whales?

    06/21/2005 8:25:22 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 19 replies · 3,465+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | 6/21/05 | Tim Scxott
    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for shooting whales. Get a bunch of tourists, put them on boat, send it out to the North Pacific and let them fire off some rounds for an hour or two. Of course the ammunition used would be Kodak and Fuji stock, but it's a lot more humane than blowing them up. And it doesn't make the water go all red. With the exception of some Japanese and Scandinavian fisherman, a few Japanese scientists and the Japanese government, in the minds of most people -- whale hunting ranks up there with clubbing baby seals...
  • Save Some Salamanders

    06/17/2005 8:53:55 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 74 replies · 718+ views
    The Center for North American Herpetology ^ | 6/16/2005 | CNAH - NEWS RELEASE
    Save Some Salamanders Wednesday, June 15, 2005: Lawrence, Kansas - CNAH - NEWS RELEASE The Center for North American Herpetology Lawrence, Kansas 16 June 2005 SOS FIGHTS FOR A NEW SALAMANDERAustin environmentalists want federal officials to put the Tonkawa Springs Salamander on endangered list Modified from an article by Stephen Scheibal American-Statesman Staff 14 June 2005 An Austin environmental group has asked federal officials to add the Tonkawa Springs Salamander (Eurycea tonkawae) to the list of endangered species, potentially creating new development controversies along the Travis-Williamson county line. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which enforces the Endangered Species...
  • Reviews of Book "Ecco-Imperialism", a good read

    09/11/2004 7:47:31 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 7 replies · 381+ views
    “The environmental movement I helped found has lost its objectivity, morality and humanity. The pain and suffering it is inflicting on families in developing countries must no longer be tolerated. This is the first book I’ve seen that tells the truth and lays it on the line. It’s a must-read for anyone who cares about people, progress and our planet.” – Patrick Moore, Greenpeace co-founder “Paul Driessen has given us an amazing tour de force. He explores one of today’s most perplexing problems: the environmentally sensitive rich demanding that the Third World’s poor forego feeding themselves, solving their health and...

    10/27/2003 9:43:10 PM PST · by doug from upland · 44 replies · 365+ views
    Frightening Quotes from Environmentalists (Attack Of The Socialist-Luddites) The right to have children should be a marketable commodity, bought and traded by individuals but absolutely limited by the state. —Kenneth Boulding, originator of the “Spaceship Earth” concept (as quoted by William Tucker in Progress and Privilege, 1982) We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into Stone Age, where we might live like Indians in our valley, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade religion—guilt-free at last! —Stewart Brand (writing in the Whole Earth Catalogue). Free Enterprise...