Public Priorities: Environment vs. Economic Growth

When presented with an explicit choice about which should be given priority -- protecting the environment or economic growth -- a majority of Americans select protecting the environment.

Nearly 1 in 5 US Counties Have Unhealthy Air-EPA (Reuters, 15 April 2004) Clear Skies No More for Millions as Pollution Rule Expands (New York Times, 13 April 2004) Rapid Growth of "Dead Zones" in Oceans Threatens Planet (AFP, 29 March 2004)

JEJU, South Korea - The spread of oxygen-starved "dead zones" in the oceans, a graveyard for fish and plant life, is emerging as a threat to the health of the planet, experts say.

For hundreds of millions of people who depend on seas and oceans for their livelihoods, and for many more who rely on a diet of fish and seafood to survive, the problem is acute.

Some of the oxygen-deprived zones are relatively small, less than one square kilometer (0.4 square miles) in size. Others are vast, measuring more than 70,000 square kilometers.

Panel of Experts Finds That Anti-Pollution Laws Are Outdated (New York Times, 30 January 2004) Warming May Threaten 37% of Species by 2050 (Washington Post, 08 January 2004)

In the first study of its kind, researchers in a range of habitats including northern Britain, the wet tropics of northeastern Australia and the Mexican desert said yesterday that global warming at currently predicted rates will drive 15 to 37 percent of living species toward extinction by mid-century.

Bush Policy to Allow More Logging in Alaska Forest (Reuters, 24 December 2003) Court Suspends Bush Pollution Rules (Reuters, 24 December 2003)

WASHINGTON - A federal court on Wednesday halted a Bush administration plan to allow power plants, oil refineries and other industrial facilities to make upgrades to aging plants without installing costly new air pollution control equipment.

Earth Warming at Faster Pace, Say Top Science Group's Leaders (San Francisco Chronicle, 18 December 2003) Hot Spot in 2003? The Earth, U.N. Says (AP, 17 December 2003)

GENEVA, Dec. 16 (AP) -- The year 2003, marked by a sweltering summer and drought across large swaths of the planet, was the third hottest in nearly 150 years, the United Nations weather agency said Tuesday.

The World Meteorological Organization estimated the average surface temperature for the year to be 0.81 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the normal 25.2 degrees -- a number skewed toward the low side because it includes polar regions.

Global warming is here now, say delegates (AFP, 12 December 2003) Far Fewer Polluters Punished Under Bush Administration, Records Show (Knight-Ridder, 09 December 2003) Global Warming: Melting Ice 'Will Swamp Capitals' (Independent/UK, 07 December 2003) Kucinich Leads Effort To Obtain Documents On Ethics Probe Of Controversial Interior Deputy Secretary (21 November 2003) Texaco on trial in Ecuador suit (AP, 22 October 2003) Chevron-Texaco Fights Pollution Lawsuit (KRON, 21 October 2003) Texaco faces $1bn lawsuit (BBC, 22 October 2003) Pollution is blamed for climate crisis: Met scientists insist greenhouse gases are heating the Earth (Observer/UK, 27 July 2003) 'Leading Climate Scientists Reaffirm View that Late 20th Century Warming Was Unusual and Resulted From Human Activity (American Geophysical Union, 07 July 2003)

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