Forest Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity today requested that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant emergency federal protection to the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly. Ongoing insecticide spraying in the village of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, and proposed spraying on adjacent Lincoln National Forest land prompted the request. The butterfly occurs on less than 2,000 acres, centered around Cloudcroft. Insecticides being sprayed target budworms and looper caterpillars, but they can also kill checkerspots.
Kenneth R. Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling of the Los Angeles Times are the 2007 winners of the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. Weiss and McFarling will receive the $75,000 prize for their five-part series "Altered Oceans," about a profound disturbance in the ecology of the world's oceans.
Officials with Great Ape Trust of Iowa announced today that William M. Fields, one of only two scientists in the world to conduct language research with bonobos, has been named director of bonobo research. Great Ape Trust is a scientific research center in Des Moines dedicated to the study of the origins and future of culture, language, tools and intelligence.
ENVIRON is pleased to announce the promotion of ten
individuals to Principal. Patrick J. Campbell, P.E., becomes a Principal in the Nashville, TN, office. Pat has more than 17 years of experience in the design and operation of industrial wastewater and ground water treatment plants. He executed numerous large-scale integrated wastewater projects for the petroleum refining, organic chemicals, and iron and steel industries.
The UN's World Heritage Committee yesterday decided to take action based on a petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and more than 30 other organizations in the United States, Panama, and Costa Rica to ascertain the level of threats faced by La Amistad International Park. The park is a World Heritage site shared by Panama and Costa Rica that protects the largest and most diverse virgin rainforest remaining in Central America. It is one of the last refuges for such endangered species as the jaguar, ocelot, Central American tapir, resplendent quetzal and harpy eagle.
With the bald eagle scheduled to lose its Endangered
Species Act (ESA) protection and related federal funding before June 29th, the American Eagle Foundation wants to inform concerned citizens and conservationists that their national symbol still needs help.
Two conservation groups sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture today over the illegal grazing of domestic sheep on more than 100,000 acres of public lands in and near the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Idaho and Montana. The presence of these domestic sheep, and management actions taken on their behalf, hurts sensitive and endangered native wildlife such as Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, lynx, gray wolves and grizzly bears.
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Nau (pronounced "now") (www.nau.com) today announced partnerships with The Climate Trust and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) that will reduce Nau's carbon footprint in several parts of its business. Nau will purchase carbon offsets from The Climate Trust and Green Tags (also known as renewable energy certificates) from BEF. These actions are part of Nau's sustainability strategy, which is core to the company's mission.