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October 16, 2002

Enviro Wed, 10-16

Roundup of environmental stories, Oct. 16, 2002

  • An independent auditing group set up by Congress has found that the Bureau of Land Management has been favoring developers in its land exchange deals. The report by the Appraisal Foundation recommended that the deals be referred to the Justice Department for possible civil or criminal prosecution. See the full report here.
  • This summer's Western fires were less devastating than assumed-- 19 percent of the largest fire area, called Biscuit, was unburned; 41 percent burned at low intensity, leaving green trees standing and healthy while clearing out brush and small trees. As one environmentalist put it, the $150 million spent fighting the fires can be considered an investment in guiding the restoration of fire into the ecosystem.
  • Australia has created the world's largest protected conservation area, 38,000 square miles or twice the size of Switzerland. The area will be controlled by Aborigines who will be given the funding to save the area from feral animals and non-native plants.
  • A leading Deutsche Bank oil sector analyst warns investors that ExxonMobil's brand image could be damaged by Greenpeace's international campaign against the oil giant. And Greenpeace couldn't be happier as they promote their Don't Buy ExxonMobil campaign.

    Posted by Nathan at October 16, 2002 10:22 PM

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