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EPA finalizes nonsensical decision on California waiver

This just in from Friends of the Earth:

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today formally rejected California’s waiver request for its landmark global warming tailpipe pollution law.

Friends of the Earth West Coast Program Director Danielle Fugere responded with the following statement:
“Today the Bush administration has chosen to stand with polluters instead of the planet in rejecting California’s waiver request to limit greenhouse gas pollution from vehicles.

Nothing in the document released today justifies EPA’s decision — in fact, it confirms recent reports that the denial was a political decision which contradicts the professional advice of EPA scientists and staff. The document released today highlights the threat caused by global warming and underscores the need for states to act on their own to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Friends of the Earth played a key role in authoring the California law in question and we will continue to fight on behalf of its implementation.”

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Posted on Friday, February 29th, 2008
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No pollinators, no crops

According to a story on Wednesday by AP Science Writer Randolph E. Schmid, the National Academy of Sciences has just released a report on the "Status of Pollinators in North America." The report takes a look at the decline of pollinators (honey bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, etc.), and the causes and consequences of this decrease.

Parasites and loss of habitat seem to be the main problems facing insect, bird and mammal pollinators.

The outlook, needless to say, is not good. According to the report, 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants (flowers, vegetables, fruit, etc.) rely on pollinators to reproduce.

In other words, no pollinators means no pretty flowers to look at and no food to eat.

There definitely needs to be more research on this problem to find out what can be done about it. The report also makes some suggestions and recommendations.

You can browse through a summary of the report on the Xerces Society Web site (click on the line below). The Xerces Society is about invertebrates essential to biological diversity.

Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2006
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