[GRRN] [earthsystems.org News] August 1, 2000

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    GAS REDUCTION POSSIBLE, PROFESSOR KLUMP CITED
    The Twelfth Session of the Subsidiary Bodies of the United
    Nations UNFCCC was held in Bonn, Germany; 5 to 16 June
    2000, to hammer out the details of an agreement to reduce
    greenhouse gases for governments to sign onto later this year.
    The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
    has provided on-line coverage of the meetings at the website

    http://www.iisd.ca/climate/sb12/>http://www.iisd.ca/climate/sb12/

    B.C. FOREST LOGGING NOT SO A.D.
    The Sierra Club of BC issued an economic study entitled,

    "Cutting for the Economy's Sake", that calls for reducing
    the allowable cut in British Columbia to a number that
    actually sustains the forest industry. The study found that
    the forest companies are logging large trees at a greater
    rate than they can be replaced by natural regeneration and
    silviculture. The study, conducted by an environmental
    economist, Tom Green found that the Government of B.C.
    is using flawed economic models which show logging to
    be sustainable, when it isn't.

    http://www.sierraclub.ca/bc/campaigns/forest_policy/>http://www.sierraclub.ca/bc/campaigns/forest_policy/

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    A LITTLE CRAB'LL DO YA
    Virginia officials have taken the unprecedented step of declaring a
    665-square-mile area of the Chesapeake Bay off-limits to fishers in
    order to protect the area's beleaguered population of blue crabs.
    Blue crabs have also been suffering in the estuary of the Altamaha
    River in Georgia. Long-time Georgia crabber James Holland, tired of
    seeing his livelihood ruined by degraded water quality, gup
    catching crabs in order to concentrate on catching polluters. He
    formed the Altamaha Riverkeeper, an activist group that aims to clean
    up the waters in the state's biggest river basin. He represents a
    new breed of environmentalist in the South -- folks who don't wear
    fleece or belong to the Sierra Club, but who are simply fighting to
    defend the natural resources they depend on to make a living.

    straight to the source: New York Times, Francis X. Clines, 07.30.00

    http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/073000sci-bluecrab-animal.html

    read it only in Grist Magazine: Finders, Keepers, by Gail Krueger -- in our Out on a Limb section

    http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/limb/limb072700.stm

    20/20 QUESTIONS
    ABC News is being hit with questions about the integrity of a "20/20"
    report on organic foods that was aired in February and again in July
    of this year. The report by John Stossel claimed, among other
    things, that non-organic produce does not necessarily have more
    pesticide residue than organic produce. Stossel said this claim was
    backed up by research commissioned by ABC News, but the two
    scientists who did research for the network say they never tested
    produce for pesticide residue. One of the scientists did test

    poultry and found that samples of conventional poultry had pesticide
    residue while organic poultry didn't -- but Stossel neglected to
    mention this finding in his 20/20 piece.

    straight to the source: New York Times, Jim Rutenberg, 07.31.00

    http://www.nytimes.com/library/financial/073100abc-organic.html

    read it in Grist Magazine: Donella Meadows debunks the "20/20" report

    http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/citizen/citizen031300.stm

    BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DROUGHT
    China is enduring one of the worst droughts in its history, and many
    experts are worrying that the nation is running out of water for its
    1.3 billion people. Some 400 of China's 668 cities have declared
    water shortages, which means that taps may work only a few hours a
    day, if at all. At least 20 million Chinese citizens don't have
    access to any running water, and another 200 million experience
    serious water rationing or shortages. To make matters worse, much of
    the freshwater that's available is polluted. Northern China is also
    beset by the problem of desertification, with more than 900 square
    miles of land turning into desert each year, thanks to excessive
    grazing and logging. Overpopulation and climate change are also
    worsening the nation's problems.

    straight to the source: Toronto Globe and Mail, Miro Cernetig, 07.31.00

    http://www.globeandmail.com/gam/International/20000731/UCHINN.html

    straight to the source: New York Times, Erik Eckholm, 07.30.00

    http://search1.nytimes.com/search/daily/bin/fastweb?getdoc+site+site+117530+0+wAAA+rangji

    NOTHING COULD BE REFINER
    Thanks to an EPA crackdown on the oil refining industry, two of the
    largest oil refiners in the U.S., BP Amoco and Koch Industries, have
    reached a breakthrough agreement with the government under which the
    companies will spend nearly $600 million to tackle air-pollution
    problems at 12 facilities around the nation. EPA Administrator Carol
    Browner praised the two companies for voluntarily entering into
    negotiations with the feds after the EPA began investigating oil
    refineries for possible air-pollution violations, and she warned that
    other refining companies should step forward for similar negotiations
    if they want to avoid court battles. The EPA is also investigating
    paper mills and coal-burning power plants.

    straight to the source: Los Angeles Times, Marla Cone, 07.26.00

    http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environ/20000726/t000070096.html

    straight to the source: Casper Star-Tribune, Associated Press, H. Josef Hebert, 07.26.00

    http://www.trib.com/HOMENEWS/WYO/RefineryPollution.html

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    TIMBER TOWN CONVERTS TO NEW ECONOMY
    Logging trucks still rumble through town as they barrel out of the woods and
    head for Weyerhaeuser Co. and Starfire Lumber, the two major wood products
    mills now operating in Cottage Grove. This is still a timber town, by and
    large. But as the wood products industry has waned in the face of federal
    logging cutbacks, global competition, overcutting of private timberland and
    shrinking lumber markets, a change is beginning to take place. (7-31-00) From
    the Eugene Register Guard.

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