Don't Miss Out

Subscribe to OCA's News & Alerts.

ENS World News (Sept 8, 2006)

EPA Proposes Industry-Backed Changes to Clean Air Program

WASHINGTON, DC, September 8, 2006 (ENS) - The Bush administration has proposed industry-friendly revisions to air regulations that force power plants, oil refineries and other industrial facilities to install modern air pollution controls when they expand operations. The administration said the proposal would accelerate investments in cleaner, energy-saving technologies, but environmentalists contend it would lead to more pollution. >>more

Court Blocks Drilling in Alaskan Wetlands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, September 8, 2006 (ENS) - The Bush administration's plan to open more than 1.7 million acres of Alaska wetlands to oil drilling hit a roadblock Thursday when a federal judge issued a preliminary decision temporarily blocking the leasing proposal. The judge criticized the federal government for failing to properly analyze the environmental impacts of drilling near Alaska's Teshekpuk Lake, which is considered one of the most important wildlife habitat areas in the Arctic. >>more

Climate Change May Have Sparked Civilization

NORWICH, England, September 7, 2006 (ENS) - Early civilizations emerged primarily because of severe climate change, according to new research released today. Natural changes to the climate diminished natural resources and forced previously transient people into close proximity in areas where water and productive land was still available, the study's author said. >>more

Amazon Deforestation Rate Falls

BRASILIA, Brazil, September 7, 2006 (ENS) - For the second year in row the pace of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has declined, according to estimates released this week by Brazil's environment minister. Deforestation rates fell 11 percent from last year, giving Brazilian authorities hope that tougher enforcement of illegal logging may be working. >>more

Melting Russian Permafrost Could Accelerate Global Warming

WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2006 (ENS) - Melting permafrost in Siberia is releasing five times the amount of the potent greenhouse gas methane than previously thought, according to a study published today by American and Russian scientists. The study adds to concern that global warming is causing changes in the environment that will accelerate the greenhouse effect. >>more