Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers Calls for Permanent Daytime Watering Restrictions

20 08 2008

 

In a release this afternoon, the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers issued statement indicating rain alone will not end North Georgia’s water crisis. According to the group, the Chattahoochee River serves 3.5 million Georgians, including 70% of metro Atlanta, but its watershed north of Atlanta is the smallest to serve any metropolitan area in the country. With limited water supply, permanently restricting daytime watering – when 50% of water used is lost to evaporation – “makes common sense.”

The Group asks those interested to contact their local officials (mayor, city council, county commission) today and voice your support for permanent daytime water restrictions. Click here to read more about UCR’s call for watering restrictions, and click here to learn more about what you can do to conserve water.

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EPA Refusing to Disclose Pesticide Link to Honey Bee Deaths

20 08 2008

The U.S. EPA is refusing to disclose records about a new class of pesticides that could be playing a role in the disappearance of millions of honeybees in the United States, a lawsuit filed Monday charges.

The Natural Resources Defense Council wants to see the studies that the EPA required when it approved a pesticide made by Bayer CropScience five years ago.

The environmental group filed the suit as part of an effort to find out how diligently the EPA is protecting honeybees from dangerous pesticides, said Aaron Colangelo, a lawyer for the group in Washington.

In the last two years, beekeepers have reported unexplained losses of hives – 30 percent and upward – leading to a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder. Scientists believe that the decline in bees is linked to an onslaught of pesticides, mites, parasites and viruses, as well as a loss of habitat and food.

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Climate Change Summit Rescheduled

20 08 2008

The Florida summit, originally scheduled for this week but postponed because of the approaching tropical storm, will highlight the challenges facing wildlife managers, governments, industry leaders and the public in the next 50 years amid the realities of climate change.

This summit is the first of its kind in the country where experts will address difficult questions about the increasing pace of climate change.

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New DeKalb School Seeks Enviromental Principal

20 08 2008

Back in February — a year after construction crews broke ground — DeKalb County posted what officials tout as one of the premier jobs of the public school system: principal of the new Arabia Mountain High School.

Set to open next August, the high school will be one of Georgia’s first public school campuses certified under a national rating system for environmental construction and one of the few — if not only — with an environmentally themed curriculum.  Thursday, system officials find out who wants the principal’s job as they begin to review at least 109 applications from across the country.

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Report: Climate Change Threatens Georgia’s Economy and Environment

20 08 2008
   
A new report released today details the devastating effects climate change will have on Georgia’s economy and environment. The study was produced by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) at the University of Maryland. Environmental Defense Fund helped to finance the research and production of the report.
 
The report found that climate change will have wide-spread consequences across Georgia, including:
   
·        Drought. Last year, Georgia experienced an extreme drought costing $1.3 billion in economic damage, much of that stemming from agriculture losses. Researchers predict that if climate change triggers an additional crop shortage of 5%, the economic impacts could cost nearly $110 million annually.
 
·        Infrastructure. Georgia’s expansive road, rail, and air transportation system is vulnerable to increasing disruptions and damage from extreme weather events brought about by climate change.
 
·        Coastal Areas: Scientists warn climate change could bring more powerful hurricanes. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan caused $68.8 million in property damage in Georgia, and it is projected that the cumulative cost of sand for protecting Georgia’s coastline from another hurricane could cost as much $1.3 billion by 2100.
 
The study was part of the report State Economic and Environmental Costs of Climate Change, which examined the impacts of global warming on 12 states around the country. NCSL released the report during an energy conference at the group’s Legislative Summit in New Orleans in July. In addition to Georgia, the report looked at how climate change will impact the economy and environment of Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

The overview of the project can be found at: http://www.ncsl.org/print/environ/ClimatechangeOver.pdf

 
The Georgia report can be found at: http://www.ncsl.org/print/environ/ClimateChangeGA.pdf

 

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