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NRDC Earthsmart                                         Just Earth Network                               Emergency for
Cars Bulletin                                                for Environmental Activists                  Global Response

DENlines Issue #17                                       ENS News June 19                               Earth Network Alert

ENS News June 16                                       Right Whales Endangered                   Nature Conservancy
                                                                                                                                 News June 21

SC Action #221                                             ENS News June 20                               ENS News June 21

Aid to Columbia Debate                               'What's Missing From                           Vote Environment News
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ZPG Alert                                                      LCV Update June 21                             Urgent Alert from EDF

                                                                     SC Action #222                                     Critical Habitat
                                                                                                                                  Endangered

ENS News June 22                                        American Automakers need                 Good News about
                                                                     to Enter Hybrid Market                          Maheshwar Dam

Roadless Area Update                                  ENS News June 23


from Natural Resources Defense Council June 16, 2000


Natural Resources Defense Council's

EARTHSMARTCARS BULLETIN

NRDC's earthsmartcars campaign aims to convince U.S. automakers that the
key to cleaner cars (or "earthsmartcars," as we call them) is new
technologies. Just as computers have transformed the world, technology can
transform the auto industry.

June 16, 2000

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Contents

1) NEWS

a) Honda still leading the way in clean-car technology
b) Santiago limits driving to combat pollution problems

2) ACTION alerts

a) Speak up to dump dirty diesels NOW!
b) Californians: Join the "Don't Mess with ZEV" campaign to fight air
pollution and global warming

3) ABOUT OUR BULLETINS

4) ABOUT NRDC

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1) NEWS

Honda still leading the way in clean-car technology

As part of its continuing effort to position itself as the auto industry. s
technology leader, Honda Motor Co. recently announced it will soon offer
its hybrid gasoline-electric engine in the Civic, the best-selling small
car in the United States. Honda became the first automaker to sell hybrid
vehicles in the United States when the two-passenger Insight, which gets
61 mpg, went on sale in December 1999. The hybrid Civic will first be sold
overseas and will appear in U.S. showrooms either in model year 2002 or
2003. The company also announced that by 2005 all Honda four-cylinder
gasoline engines worldwide will meet California's super-ultra-low-emission
vehicle standard.

. . .

Santiago limits driving to combat pollution problems

Santiago, Chile, home to five million people and one million cars and
trucks, is seeking new solutions for dealing with its increasingly poor
air quality (air pollution in Santiago has already reached a level serious
enough to cause schools to cancel physical education classes and people to
don face masks outdoors). President Ricardo Lagos has resorted to banning
private vehicles on major roads during critical air quality days, and some
local governments are reducing the number of available lanes on major
roads to discourage driving.

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2) ACTION alerts

Speak up to dump dirty diesels NOW!

Diesel pollution contributes to ground-level ozone formation, summertime
smog, increased asthma attacks, bronchitis and other cardiopulmonary
ailments, cancer, and heart disease. Responding to this critical problem,
the Clinton administration recently announced what may become the most
significant vehicle pollution reduction news since the removal of lead
from gasoline.

On May 17, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules that
will slash smog-forming nitrogen oxides by 95 percent, diesel particulates
that trigger asthma attacks by 90 percent, and sulfur levels in diesel
fuel by 97 percent. Reducing the high sulfur levels in diesel fuel is the
key to the proposal's success -- the near-elimination of sulfur in diesel
fuel will allow the use of advanced emission controls on diesel trucks and
buses, just as eliminating lead from gasoline allowed the use of catalytic
converters on cars in the 1970s.

The EPA estimates that these pollution cuts will be equivalent to taking
13 million trucks off the road. Predictably, however, the oil industry is
attacking these steps as unnecessary and expensive, even though EPA
calculations show that the rules will cost less than four cents per gallon
of fuel. This month, the EPA will hold hearings on the proposed rules.

== What to do ==
If you live in or near a city listed below, come testify at one of the
EPA's public hearings. We've included several specific talking points you
can raise. The hearings are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., but
everyone who signs up to speak by 6:30 will have the opportunity to do so.
If you know ahead of time that you. ll attend and want to testify, it. s
best to notify Margaret Borushko at (734) 214-4334 or Diesel@epa.gov prior
to the date of the hearing. (Requests to testify or hearing-related
questions submitted via email should include the word "hearings" in the
message's subject line.)

Even if you can't make it to a hearing you still have an opportunity to be
heard. The EPA is accepting written comments on the proposed rules. We. ve
included a sample letter below.

== Hearing schedule ==

New York City:
Monday, June 19
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1605 Broadway, New York, NY

Chicago:
Tuesday, June 20
Rosemont Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL

Atlanta:
Thursday, June 22
Renaissance Atlanta Hotel, 590 W. Peachtree St, NW, Atlanta, GA

Los Angeles:
Tuesday, June 27
Hyatt Regency, 711 S. Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA

Denver:
Thursday, June 29
Doubletree Hotel, 3203 Quebec St., Denver, CO

== Talking points ==

** Diesel pollution has been linked to many serious health problems,
including increased asthma attacks, chronic bronchitis, decreased lung
function and other pulmonary disease, heart disease, and cancer.

** Over 130 million Americans live in areas that fail to meet national
health standards for smog and soot. In some cities, over half of the soot
comes from diesels.

** If the EPA implements the proposed diesel rule, new diesel trucks and
buses will be more than 90 percent cleaner than they are today, starting
in 2007.

** The EPA's diesel rule would mean longer, healthier lives for many
Americans, and could lead to the biggest public health advance in a
generation. The agency needs to hold firm against oil industry lobbying
for weaker sulfur and emission limits.

** The EPA can make the proposed rule even better: the agency should not
give the industry an extra four years to phase in the nitrogen oxides
limits, and should create new incentives for fleets to switch from diesels
to advanced vehicles that are powered by cleaner alternatives like natural
gas, electric batteries or fuel cells.

== Contact information (for written comments) ==
You can email the EPA directly from NRDC's Earth Action Center at
http://www.nrdc.org/action. Or use the contact information below to send
your own message.

Att. n: Margaret Borushko
U.S. EPA, National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory
2000 Traverwood
Ann Arbor MI 48105
Fax: (734) 214-4816
Email: Diesel@epa.gov (If you send your comments by email, you should
include your comments in the body of the email message rather than as an
attachment.)

== Sample letter ==

[Date]

Dear Administrator Browner, Ms. Borushko and the EPA:

Every year, smog sends more than 150,000 Americans to emergency rooms and
40,000 more die prematurely from breathing particulate soot pollution. We
can. t solve our national smog and soot problems without cleaning up the
nation. s diesel trucks and buses.

Nitrogen oxides from diesel engines are a large part of our smog problems.
Particulate soot from diesel engines haves been linked with increased
asthma attacks, bronchitis, cancer and heart disease.

Diesel trucks and buses must be cleaned up as soon as possible to protect
public health. To do so, however, you must first clean up the diesel fuel
that powers them.

Therefore, I urge the EPA to:

** Reduce diesel sulfur levels to a national cap of no more than 15 ppm
nationwide by 2006.
** Cut smog-forming nitrogen oxides pollution from big trucks and buses by
95 percent, and particulate soot pollution by 90 percent by no later than
2007.
** Ensure that big trucks are meeting emissions standards on the roads,
not just during emissions tests.
** Add incentives that will increase the use of non-diesel alternatives
like natural gas, electric batteries, fuel cells and other advanced
technologies.

Sincerely,

[Your name and address]

. . .

Californians: Join the "Don't Mess with ZEV" campaign to fight air
pollution and global warming

As we all know, traditional fuel-powered automobiles contribute to air
pollution, global warming and our dependence on foreign oil. In 1990, the
California Air Resources Board first instituted the Zero Emission Vehicle
(ZEV) regulation, requiring major automakers to offer for sale vehicles
that produce no exhaust emissions. The board reviews this regulation every
other year, and in each of the past two reviews the big oil and auto
companies successfully pressured the board to delay and weaken the ZEV
program. Nonetheless, 20,000 new electric vehicles and 30,000 gas-electric
hybrids would be produced by 2003 under existing law.

In September, the Air Resources Board again will review the ZEV mandate
and the car and oil companies are once again teaming up to further weaken
or even to kill the ZEV program. If Governor Davis and the board stand
firm against industry pressure, however, automakers would have little
choice but to begin serious production of the 2003 models in order to meet
the ZEV mandate. That means the September board meeting is the last chance
for the auto and oil industries to try to bury the clean car requirement.

The "Don't Mess with ZEV" campaign is staffing public information tables
throughout the state, asking concerned members of the public to sign a
short letter to Gov. Davis in support of the ZEV mandate. So far the
response has been very encouraging, but the campaign needs your help.

== What to do ==
Please volunteer a few hours of your time and help staff one of the "Don't
Mess with ZEV" public information tables. Contact Ken Masterton to sign up
today. Even if you aren. t able to volunteer, please send a message to
Governor Davis.

== Contact info ==

To volunteer:
Ken Masterton
Phone: (415) 868-1431
Email: campmw@well.com

To send a message to Governor Davis:
Governor Gray Davis
State Capitol Bldg.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 445-4633
Email: graydavis@governor.ca.gov

== Sample letter ==

[Date]

Dear Governor Davis:

I am writing to urge your support for California. s Zero-Emission Vehicle
(ZEV) program. The program is critical to reduce California. s air
pollution, global warming emissions and costly dependence on foreign oil.

Motor vehicles cause the majority of California. s air pollution, not only
from tailpipe emissions, but from oil refinery emissions and evaporation
during transport, refueling and storage. Gasoline contaminates our water
supplies and puts the state. s coastline at risk of oil spills. Motor
vehicles also cause more than half of California. s global warming
emissions.

In addition, gas-guzzling motor vehicles cost consumers billions of
dollars a year at the gas pump and make the state vulnerable to oil price
increases and shocks. Californians pump over 14 billion gallons of
gasoline each year and another two billion gallons of diesel. At current
prices, consumers will spend over $20 billion at the gas pump this year
and will likely spend more in future years.

California needs a strong ZEV program to move the state away from its
costly and harmful dependence on oil. As the number of vehicles and
vehicle miles double in the next few decades, the costs will only
increase. California can avoid those costs by encouraging the development
and sale of cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles such as battery
electrics, hybrid electrics and fuel cells.

The ZEV program can take credit for bringing battery electrics and hybrid
electrics to market and is helping to spur the development of fuel cell
vehicles. Continuing a strong ZEV program will encourage the auto makers
to improve existing technologies, develop new technologies and put more of
these clean, advanced vehicles on the road.

For all these reasons, I strongly urge you to support a strong ZEV
program.

Sincerely,

[Your name and address]

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3) ABOUT OUR BULLETINS

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to manufacture hybrid gasoline-electric cars. To sign the petition and
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4) ABOUT NRDC

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organization with 400,000 members nationwide and a staff of scientists,
attorneys and environmental experts. Our mission is to protect the world's
natural resources and improve the quality of the human environment.

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from Defenders of Wildlife June 16, 2000


DENlines Issue #17
Defenders Electronic Network (DEN)
Friday June 16, 2000

1.      SHARKS: Anti-Finning Bill Passes House, Moves to Senate
2.      PYGMY OWL: Activists Help Protect Sonoran Desert Species
3.      CONGRESS: Conservationists Fight Sneak Attack on the Environment
4.      RED WOLVES: Legal Victory in North Carolina
5.      CREATURE FEATURE: Florida Black Bear
6.      FOR THE RECORD: Global Warming and Climate Change

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1.      SHARKS: Anti-Finning Bill Passes House, Moves to Senate

By a vote of 390 - 1, the U.S. House of Representatives approved
the Shark Finning Prohibition Act (H.R. 3535) which prohibits, in
waters off the U.S. coast, the inhumane and wasteful practice of
cutting off the valuable fins of a shark and throwing the animal
back in the water to bleed to death or drown. The bill now moves to
the Senate where it is expected to meet more opposition. Urge your
Senators to pass this important legislation. Send them a free e-mail
by going to the DEN Action Center at  http://www.denaction.org .

2.      PYGMY OWL: Activists Help Protect Sonoran Desert Species

Since our last DENlines, President Clinton announced the designation
of the expanded 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument to
protect permanently some of the last remaining stands of ironwood
trees, a species found only in the Sonoran desert. Hundreds of
Arizona DEN activists sent e-mails pushing for more than the initial
96,000-acre proposal in order to protect additional critical habitat
for the endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owl. Thanks to all who  
responded. You made a real difference!

3.     CONGRESS: Conservationists Fight Sneak Attack on the Environment

This week on the House floor, conservationists were successful in
striking four anti-environmental riders attached to a number of
federal spending bills. Riders are an increasingly popular back-door
tactic for members of Congress to push through controversial
legislation, often without hearings, floor votes or media attention.
Nearly 30 other environmentally destructive riders are still pending,
including provisions that would limit funding for endangered species,
destroy pristine beach habitat in coastal North Carolina, prohibit
funding for America's wild rivers and block efforts to combat the
impact of global warming. For a complete list of all FY2001
anti-environmental riders and their current status, visit our
website at http://www.defenders.org/wildlife/riders/riders.html  

4.      WOLVES: Legal Victory in North Carolina

A federal appeals court upheld a regulation that forbids the
indiscriminate killing on private property of the approximately
60 remaining endangered red wolves. Two North Carolina counties
and local landowners filed the suit in an attempt to have the
regulation declared unconstitutional. In 1987, Defenders helped
lead recovery efforts to release endangered red wolves into two
national wildlife refuges in North Carolina in a bid to save the
species, which had been driven to the brink of extinction.

For more on this story click here:
http://www.defenders.org/releases/pr2000/pr060700.html

5.      CREATURE FEATURE: Florida Black Bear

Most people are surprised to learn that a unique subspecies of the
American black bear lives in Florida. The bear faces serious threats
related to Florida's growing human population including habitat loss
and fragmentation and fatal collisions with vehicles. At one time,
up to 12,000 black bears roamed Florida from the Keys to the
panhandle. Today, an estimated 1,500 struggle to survive. To learn
more about the Habitat for Bears Campaign, a joint effort by
Defenders of Wildlife and the Florida Sierra Club, see an online
slide show or find out what you can do to help, visit our web site
at http://www.defenders.org/wildlife/flbears/flbears.html

6.      FOR THE RECORD: Global Warming and Climate Change

"Sea-level rise will very likely cause further loss of coastal
wetlands ... and put coastal communities at a greater risk of storm
surges, especially in the Southeast. Reduction in snowpack will
very likely alter the timing and amount of water supplies, potentially
exacerbating water shortages and conflicts, particularly throughout
the western US. The melting of glaciers in the high elevation West
and in Alaska represents the loss or diminishment of unique national
treasures of the American landscape. "

-- conclusions on the effect of globalnwarming from the June
           12 report entitled "Climate Change Impacts on the United
           States." The report represents four years of research by
           the U.S. Global Change Research Program including input
           from more than 300 scientists. For more information
           on global warming, visit our web site at:
           http://www.defenders.org/wildlife/globalwarming/globalwarming.html


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              THE NEWS ABOUT WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION *

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wildlife and conservation issues through DENlines, Defenders invites
you to send a FREE wolf e-card to your friends telling them about
DEN. The e-cards feature a photo of a wolf and a personal message
from you.

To send a free wolf e-card go to:
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from Environment News Service June 16, 2000


ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE (ENS)
http://ens-news.com

                                         "We Cover the Earth For You"
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NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES NOT SAFE FOR FISH

By Donald Sutherland
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2000 (ENS) - Marine conservationists claim the
government of the United States is permitting commercial fishing that is
damaging to essential fish habitat in national marine sanctuaries in
violation of federal laws.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-16-02.html

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WEAK PIPELINE SAFETY ENFORCEMENT CLAIMS 22 LIVES EACH YEAR

WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2000 (ENS) - A new federal report finds that
pipeline regulators are not enforcing many pipeline safety rules, and
letting violators slip by with a slap on the wrench. The report released
Thursday by the investigative branch of Congress warns that inadequate
regulation may be contributing to the increasing number of pipeline
accidents each year.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-16-07.html

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CLIMATE CHANGE COULD WIPE OUT MIGRATING SONGBIRDS

HANOVER, New Hampshire, June 16, 2000 (ENS) - Global climate change could
greatly reduce the number of songbirds migrating between North and South
America. Researchers from Dartmouth College and Tulane University have shown
that El Niño cycles, which could worsen due to global warming, reduce the
birds. ability to survive and reproduce.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-16-06.html

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EARTH'S SPREADING DESERTS GET WORLD ATTENTION

BONN, Germany, June 16, 2000 (ENS) - Public concerts, theater performances,
seminars, workshops, special training sessions, visits to field projects,
and media campaigns are some of the initiatives that countries affected by
land degradation and drought will organize on Saturday to mark the 6th World
Day to Combat Desertification.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-16-04.html

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MERCURY FROM PERUVIAN GOLD MINE DUMPED IN TRANSIT

CHOROPAMPA, Peru, June 16, 2000 (ENS) - Eight people have been hospitalized
including a woman in critical condition following a mercury spill near the
Minera Yanacocha mine, 600 kilometers (375 miles) north of Lima, Peru.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-16-01.html

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CYANIDE SPILL MINE REOPENS IN ROMANIA

BAIA MARE, Romania, June 16, 2000 (ENS) - A gold processing facility in
northeastern Romania has reopened less than six months after a cyanide spill
from the plant contaminated drinking water for 2.5 million people and wiped
out aquatic life in Central European rivers.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-16-03.html

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WEAK PIPELINE SAFETY ENFORCEMENT CLAIMS 22 LIVES EACH YEAR

WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2000 (ENS) - A new federal report finds that
pipeline regulators are not enforcing many pipeline safety rules, and
letting violators slip by with a slap on the wrench. The report released
Thursday by the investigative branch of Congress warns that inadequate
regulation may be contributing to the increasing number of pipeline
accidents each year.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-16-07.html

Copyright Environment News Service (ENS) 2000 All Rights Reserved.

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TransAlta and HEW complete world's first trans-Atlantic emissions reduction
trade

     CALGARY, Alberta, June 16, -/E-Wire/-- TransAlta announced today the
first ever trans-Atlantic trade of carbon dioxide emissions reductions with
the German electric company Hamburgische Electricitäts-Werke AG (HEW). The
24,000-tonne emissions reduction trade was brokered by New York-based
Natsource® LLC.  The 24,000 tonnes represented in the trade is equal to the
annual emissions from approximately 3,000 cars.
     CONTACT: Peter Symons, (403) 267-7577, Pager:  (403) 213-7041 or Dr.
Helmuth-M. Groscurth,  +49-40- 6396-3086, Fax: +49-40- 6396-19 3086
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TO NATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS:

EPA Seeks Comment on Title VI Proposal

      WASHINGTON, June 16 -/E-Wire/-- EPA today released for public comment
combined draft civil rights and environmental protection guidance in its
effort to protect public health and economic progress while ensuring that
pollution does not unfairly and disproportionately affect minority
communities.
     /CONTACT:  Tanya Meekins of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
202-564-7819/
     /Web site:  http://www.epa.gov
     /Web site:  http://www.epa.gov.civilrights/
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from Sierra Club June 19, 2000


SC-ACTION Vol. II, #221
     DEFENDING THE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA
     June 16, 2000

     -------------------------QUOTE OF THE DAY-----------------------------

     "Caribou like pipelines because it gives them a place to scratch."
     - Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell on why drilling will not effect
     wildlife in the Arctic Refuge, 6/15

     ---------------------CONTENTS: FRIDAY ALL-SC-ACTION----------------

     *FEATURED ACTION ITEM: HELP STOP GLOBAL WARMING *

     1) HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
     2) ONE MONTH LEFT TO PROTECT WILD FORESTS
     3) END COMMERCIAL LOGGING CAMPAIGN
     4) CAFOs
     5) SPRAWL
     6) POPULATION

     *****************FEATURED ACTION**********************

     GLOBAL WARMING: SENATE VICTORY ON CAFE

     With the Senate CAFE vote looming, the auto industry was running
     scared and cut a deal to kick-start a study of CAFE standards. The
     deal jump-starts the fuel economy process by having the Department of
     Transportation (DOT) and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) do a
     joint study on miles per gallon standards and make a recommendation to
     Congress by July 1, 2001.  This will get DOT going on collecting the
     data and looking at the issues involved.  It will also put information
     together that will be essential to a rulemaking process next time
     around.

     This is a huge victory for the environment and consumers, and is a
     direct result of your relentless phone calls and letters to your
     senators.  The study would not have happened without the outstanding
     efforts of all of you telling the Senate to get moving on cleaner
     cars.  The auto industry knew that we were going to get more votes
     than last year-- and now we've got the ball rolling on better CAFE
     standards.  WE WON, THEY LOST!

     TAKE ACTION: Call and write the White House and urge them to take
     advantage of the opportunity that Congress has given them to improve
     miles per gallon standards.  State that you're counting on them to
     make sure that this study leads to tougher miles per gallon standards
     and you hope they will take the lead on the biggest single step we can
     take to curb global warming, raising CAFE standards.  Raising CAFE
     standards will reduce our dependence upon foreign oil, slash pollution
     and will save us money at the gas pump.


     1) HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT URGENT ACTION

     Mexico's Attorney General Uses Backhanded Court Tactic to Seek the
     Conviction of Mexican Earth Defenders

     On June 14, in a backhanded and deceitful maneuver, Mexico's Attorney
     General's office refiled its conclusion with the court urging the
     conviction of anti-logging environmentalists Rodolfo Montiel and
     Teodoro Cabrera on the charges of drug-trafficking and illegal
     possession of weapons. In so doing, the prosecution broke a verbal
     agreement with defense attorneys to refile nonaccusatory conclusions.
     The contemptible maneuver was necessary due to irregularities in the
     original conclusions filed June 6. The defense now has a period of
     about three weeks to file their rebuttal.

     Montiel and Cabrera have spent the last 13+ months in prison since
     their arrest May 2, 1999. After their detention, they were beaten and
     tortured until they confessed to concocted charges of drug-trafficking
     and illegal possession of weapons. In reality, their only "crime" was
     organizing their community to protest excessive and possibly illegal
     logging of old growth forests in the Southern Sierra Madre.

     TAKE ACTION: Since the Mexican Attorney General has responded to our
     well-reasoned arguments for the immediate and unconditional release of
     Montiel and Cabrera with detestable court trickery, we are asking
     concerned activists write or call your local papers urging them to
     cover this story. Environmental activism is not a crime and
     environmentalists are not criminals.

     For a copy of talking points and a letter to the editor, please call
     or e-mail Sam Parry at (202) 547-1141 or sam.parry@sierraclub.org. You
     can refer to our Web site at www.sierraclub.org/human-rights


     2) ONE MONTH LEFT: WRITE A WILD FOREST LETTER TODAY

     Right now, the Forest Service is considering plans that could protect
     the last wild areas in our National Forests. The Forest Service is
     asking American citizens to answer basic questions like: should our
     last wild forests be logged? Should the Tongass National Forest in
     Alaska - the largest pristine temperate rainforest on the planet - be
     protected or remain open to clearcut logging and roadbuilding.

     For the next five weeks -- the door is open to make conservation
     history!  Please take the time to write a hand written, personal
     letter to the Forest Service calling for the protection of all of our
     last wild forests roadless areas from all damaging activities.  If you
     have already written a letter - hold a letter writing party. Encourage
     your family, friends, children, neighbors and colleagues to write a
     letter too!

     Here are some points to address in your letter: Over half of our
     National Forests have already been hammered by roadbuilding, logging
     and other damaging activities - we should protect what's left.  Put
     these last, untouched areas roadless areas of our National Forests
     off-limits to roadbuilding, logging and other destructive activities;
     Please protect our nation's last temperate rainforest -- the Tongass
     National Forest in Alaska, from logging and roadbuilding.  Letters
     should also address why wild forests are important to you. Send your
     letters to:

     Chief Mike Dombeck
     U.S. Forest Service
     c/o Sierra Club
     408 C Street NE
     Washington, DC 20002

     3) PROTECT OUR WILD HERITAGE - STOP LOGGING OUR NATIONAL FORESTS

     Protecting forests make environmental and economic sense.  The Forest
     Service predicts that in the year 2000, recreation, hunting and
     fishing in National Forests will contribute 38 times more income to
     the nation's economy than logging, and will create 31 times more jobs.
     More than 3,000 species of fish and wildlife and 10,000 plant species
     -- including 230 endangered plant and animal species -- rely on
     National Forests for habitat.

     The National Forest Protection and Restoration Act would eliminate the
     commercial logging program on federal public lands, promote
     restoration, and help communities that receive logging revenue develop
     a more diverse and stable economy.

     **  Call your Member of Congress through the Capitol switchboard at
     (202) 224-3121 and urge them to co-sponsor HR 1396, the National
     Forest Protection and Restoration Act. **

     4) CAFOS: Keep Water Clean from Factory Farms!

     CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are giant
     corporate-owned livestock factories that churn out cattle, hogs,
     chickens, and turkeys in staggering numbers and produce massive
     amounts of animal waste in the process (2.7 trillion pounds per year).
     Too often this waste ends up in our rivers and streams, contaminating
     drinking water and spreading disease. According to the Environmental
     Protection Agency (EPA), hog, chicken and cattle waste has polluted
     35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17
     states.

     You can take action to help protect America's lakes, stream and rivers
     from the animal waste produced by CAFOs by telling Agriculture
     Secretary Dan Glickman to stop protecting factory farms from the Clean
     Water Act. It is crucial that he hears how important clean water is to
     you. If possible, please call or email him so he hears from you as
     soon as possible.

     For more information and a sample letter or message please visit
     http://www.sierraclub.org/takeaction/cleanwater/cwemail.asp. His
     address: The Honorable Dan Glickman, Secretary U.S. Department of
     Agriculture, 14th & Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250. His
     email: agsec@usda.gov. His phone: 202-720-2791


     5) Protect America's Open Space and Farmland From Sprawl

     Every American is feeling the consequences of sprawl. Across America
     "sprawl" --- scattered development that increases traffic, saps local
     resources and destroys open space --- is taking a serious toll on our
     environment, our health and our quality of life. The Senate can take
     steps to curb some of the effects of sprawl by supporting S. 1558, the
     Community Open Space Bonds Act.

     The Community Open Space Bond Act introduced by Senators Baucus (D-MT)
     and Hatch (R-UT) would give state, local and tribal governments up to
     $1.9 billion annually for five years in bonding authority to combat
     sprawl. The program allows states and local governments to carry out
     their own conservation priorities by using zero interest bonds to
     purchase open space, protect water quality, improve access to parks,
     and help communities re-develop abandoned industrial city centers. The
     program is voluntary, grassroots-driven and community-focused.

     Call or write your Senators and tell him or her to cosponsor S. 1558,
     the Community Open Space Bonds Act. For more information and a sample
     letter visit http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/sprawl/bonds.asp.


     6) POPULATION

     Improve global health: Contact your Senators and Representative

     The Sierra Club's Population Program is committed to environmental
     protection and population stabilization and works for these goals by
     advocating for increased U.S. funding for international family
     planning programs.  Progress has been made.  More women are receiving
     family planning services around the world.  But, it is estimated that
     more than 150 million married women in developing nations request
     modern methods of contraception, but do not have access to them.

     According to the World Health Organization, as a result of lack of
     access to proper prenatal care and safe motherhood programs nearly
     600,000 women die each year from complications of pregnancy and
     childbirth.  Annually, 18 million women suffer from pregnancy-related
     health problems that can be permanently disabling.

     The Global Health Act of 2000, introduced by Congressman Joe Crowley
     (D-NY) and Senator Leahy (D-VT), is legislation that addresses these
     critical issues.  The Global Health Act increases assistance to
     developing nations with high levels of premature death, by improving
     children's health and nutrition and by reducing unintended
     pregnancies.  It calls for an additional $1 billion dollars for
     health, child survival, and voluntary family planning programs in the
     existing budget.

     TAKE ACTION:  Contact your Representative and Senators and ask them to
     endorse HR 3826 and S 2387, to help protect the lives of women around
     the world.  Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.

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     Sierra Club Legislative Hotline - 202-675-2394
     Sierra Club National Headquarters - 415-977-5500
     Sierra Club World Wide Web - http://www.sierraclub.org
     Sierra Club Vote Watch Website - http://www.sierraclub.org/votewatch/

     White House Comment Line - 202-456-1111
     White House Fax Line - 202-456-2461
     Clinton's e-mail - president@whitehouse.gov
     Gore's e-mail - vice-president@whitehouse.gov
     White House Address - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500

     US Capitol Switchboard - 202-224-3121
     To contact your senators - http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index.cfm
     To contact your representative - http://www.house.gov/writerep/
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from Rainforest Action Network June 19, 2000


COLOMBIA INFOinBRIEF ALERT  06/16/00
Please post and distribute.
_____________________________________________________
SENATE SCHEDULED TO DEBATE / VOTE ON
THE U.S. AID PACKAGE to COLOMBIA MONDAY, JUNE 19

COLOMBIA CIVIL SOCIETY SENDS A MESSAGE REJECTING PLAN COLOMBIA
______________________________________________________

After extensive delays, the Senate is scheduled to begin debate on the U.S.
aid package to Colombia on Monday, June 19, 2000 at 2:00pm.  The majority
of this package, amounting to over $1 billion, will go to the most abusive
military in the Western Hemisphere and pull the United States further into
an un-winnable counterinsurgency war.  Moreover, it will promote an
ineffective drug policy that has failed for over a decade.   The Senate
could VOTE on the package, attached to the foreign operations
appropriations bill, as early as Monday evening.

At the same time, numerous Colombian civil society organizations have come
together to reject Plan Colombia and U.S. assistance.  They are asking U.S.
groups and individuals to join them in their efforts to STOP U.S. military
assistance from exacerbating the conflict.  Included in PART 2 below, is a
declaration from over 80 Colombian human rights, social, and peace
organizations rejecting U.S. assistance.

A POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE
When the Senate considers the package, Senator Wellstone (D-MN) will offer
an amendment to shift funds from Colombian military aid to drug treatment
at home.   This amendment gives you the opportunity to help prevent the
United States from exacerbating Colombia's internal conflict and make
positive steps toward an effective drug policy.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE by CONTACTING YOUR SENATORS

______________________________________________________
HOW TO CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS:

Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121
Or look up your Senators on the Internet:  www.senate.gov
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
PART 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS
AND ASK THEM TO:
______________________________________________________

1) Oppose military aid to Colombia.

To avoid getting the United States more deeply involved with Colombia's
infamous armed forces, I ask you to oppose aid to the Colombian army due to
human rights concerns, especially army links to brutal paramilitary forces.
Instead, I urge you to support a substantial positive aid package for
Colombia, including: humanitarian relief; crop substitution programs;
economic assistance; programs to strengthen Colombia's judicial system; and
aid for civil society human rights and peace initiatives.

2) Support Senator Wellstone's amendment that shifts funds for military
assistance to drug prevention and treatment programs in the United States.

Because the United States "War on Drugs" is one that must be fought at
home, I ask you to increase funding for drug treatment and prevention
programs here in our own country. Treatment is 10 times more cost effective
than interdiction in reducing the use of cocaine in the United States.
Yet, a recent study by researchers at Substance Abuse Mental Health
Services Administration has indicated that 48% of the need for drug
treatment, not including alcohol abuse, is unmet in the United States. **

3) Support amendments that increase humanitarian assistance for Colombia's
estimated 1.8 million internally displaced persons.

4) Retain strong human rights conditions already included in the bill.

Every day, at least 250 to 300 U.S. military personnel and advisors train
and share intelligence with Colombia's security forces in ways that support
counterinsurgency efforts. Our government has already funded the creation
of a 950-troop counternarcotics battalion that is being trained to operate
in Southern Colombia.  This U.S. aid package will help to equip and train
two more battalions already in the works.  We must ensure U.S. dollars do
not support human rights abusers.

5) SPEAK-OUT! The more senators that speak out during the Senate debate,
the better. Please ask your senators to share their concerns regarding
human rights in Colombia during the vote.

_____________________________________________________
PART 2:  FAX A LETTER TO SUPPORT CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS
IN COLOMBIA REJECTING U.S. ASSISTANCE
_____________________________________________________

1) Cut and paste the following declaration from Colombian NGOs into a
separate document
2) Write a cover letter supporting the declaration and rejecting U.S.
assistance to Colombia
3) Fax it to your Senators' offices this weekend!

--------------cut  & paste -----------------------------

COLOMBIA ANSWERS
PLAN COLOMBIA: A PLAN FOR PEACE, OR A PLAN FOR WAR?

A DECLARATION FROM SOCIAL and
Human Rights NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS,
AND THE PEACE MOVMENT IN COLOMBIA
BOGOTA, MAY 31, 2000

We would like to express our support for those offers of international
assistance that contribute to resolving the armed conflict through a
process of political negotiation, and that strengthen and unite Colombian
society and the economy.  We support proposals that include viable and
integral solutions to the problem of drug trafficking, the design of a new
development model agreed to by the people, and the strengthening of a new
kind of democratic institutionality.

However, Plan Colombia, presented by the Government of President Pastrana,
has been developed with the same logic of political and social exclusion
that has been one of the structural causes of the conflict Colombians have
experienced since the time of our formation as a Republic.

In this same vein, because we feel it is a mistake, we are obliged to
reject the fact that Plan Colombia  includes, as one of its strategies, a
military component that not only fails to resolve the narco-trafficking
problem, but also endangers the efforts to build peace, increases illicit
crop production, violates the Amazonic ecosystem, aggravates the
humanitarian and human rights crisis, multiplies the problem of forced
displacement, and worsens the social crisis with fiscal adjustment
policies.  In its social component, the Plan is limited to attending to
some of the tangential causes and effects of the conflict.

What we are proposing is the need for a concerted agreement between
different actors in Colombian society and the international community, one
where civil society is the principal interlocutor, where solutions to the
varied conflicts are found, and where stable and sustainable peace is
constructed.  We are ready and willing to design strategies, to define
forms of implementation and to monitor a plan that reflects these
intentions.

TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ARGUMENTS PUT FORTH ABOVE, WE THE UNDERSIGNED
ARE GIVEN NO CHOICE BUT TO REJECT THE U.S. ASSISTANCE FOR COLOMBIA THAT YOU
ARE CONSIDERING AT THIS TIME.

Sincerely,

* Asamblea Permanente de la Sociedad Civil por la Paz * Asamblea Nacional
de Jóvenes por la Paz * Red de Iniciativas contra la Guerra y por la Paz -
REDEPAZ * Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia * Plataforma
Colombiana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo * Red Nacional de
Mujeres Regional Bogotá * Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres * Mandato Ciudadano
por la Paz, la Vida y la Libertad * Partido Comunista Colombiano *
Asociación Nacional de Usuarios Campesinos - ANUC-UR * Central Unitaria de
Trabajadores CUT * Federación Sindical Agraria FENSUAGRO * Frente Social y
Político Amplio * Red de Universidades por la Paz y la Convivencia *
Instituto de Estudios para la Paz INDEPAZ * Asociación Nacional de
Estudiantes Universitarios ACEU * Asociación Nacional de Estudiantes de
Secundaria ANDES * Unión Sindical Obrera * Asamblea por la Paz de la USO *
Asociación de Trabajo Interdisciplinario - ATI * Colectivo de Abogados José
Alvear Restrepo * Corporación para el desarrollo social Alternativo - MINGA
* Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos * Corporación Región *
Benposta, Nación de muchachos * Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular
CINEP * Comisión Colombiana de Juristas * Fundación Cultura Democrática *
Juventud comunista JUCO * Casa de La Mujer * Consultoría de Derechos
Humanos y el Desplazamiento * ASMEDAS * Grupo de Apoyo a Organizaciones de
Desplazados  (GAD) * Instituto Latinoamericano de Servicios Legales
Alternativas, ILSA * Proceso de Comunidades Negras * Vamos Mujer * Viva La
Ciudadanía * Asociación Nacional de Ayuda Solidaria ANDAS * Corporación de
Promoción Popular * Corporación de Luchadores de la Paz y la Democracia *
FUNCOP * CENSAT AGUA VIVA * Coordinación Nacional de Desplazados *
Corriente de Renovación Socialista * Comisión Intergregacional JUSTICIA Y
PAZ * Unión de Ciudadanas de Colombia * FAUSALUD * Comité Local de Derechos
Humanos * Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris * Corporación Centro de Promoción y
Cultura * Red Nacional de Salud * Unión Patriótica * Fundación para la
Educación y el Desarrollo FEDES * FIDHAP * Movimiento Cimarrón *
Confederación General de Trabajadores  Democráticas CGTD * ULTRADEC *
Colectivo de Abogados Guillermo Marín * Corporación Madre Tierra *
Fundación Parcomún * Fundación Mencoldes *  Centro Cleber * Asociación de
Familiares de Detenidos y Desaparecidos - ASFADDES * Corporación Centro
Cleber * Corporación Utopías * Humanidad Vigente Coporación Jurídica *
Funprocep * Corporación Jurídica Libertad * Fundecima - CIMA * Pastoral
Social Villavicencio * Comité Permanente para los derechos Humanos Regional
Caldas * Confederación Nacional de Pensionados * Corporación Región *
Presbiterio de la Costa Norte * Instituto Popular de Capacitación - IPC *
Confederacion de Pensionados de Colombia - C.P.C.  *  Fundación Sol y
Tierra - Popayan  * Corporación AVRE

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___________________________________________
NEED MORE INFO ON THE
U.S. AID PACKAGE OR U.S. DRUG POLICY?
___________________________________________

** For more info on effective drug policy, please contact Common Sense for
Drug Policy http://www.csdp.org **

*** For up-to-date info on the U.S. aid package including details on the
dollar amounts included in the Senate version of the bill, visit the CIP
web-page http://www.ciponline.org/colombia/aid/  ***

__________________________________________________

For general information contact:
Latin America Working Group: (202) 546-7010, lawg@lawg.org
U.S. Colombia/Coordinating Office (202) 232-8090: agiffen@igc.org

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from Global Response June 19, 2000


Dear Members of Global Response's "Quick Response Network:"

Global Response has joined Amnesty International, the Sierra Club and other
organizations to form the Just Earth Network.  The Just Earth Network
issues Action alerts concerning  violations of the human rights of
environmental activists and of communities that are struggling to prevent
environmental destruction.  Global Response will circulate Just Earth
Network alerts to our Quick Response Network.  Thanks for participating in
these international letter campaigns to protect the rights of environmental
activists everywhere.

Greetings to all Just Earth Network Members:

Below is an action circular issued by Amnesty on Colonel Pratap Save, a
human rights defender in India who died on April 20, 2000 as a result of
excessive police force.  Colonel Save was organizing community opposition to a
proposed port in Umbergaon at the time of his death.  The government of Gujarat is
engaged in negotiation with US-based Unocal and NATELCO, an Indian company
to construct the port.  Unocal is one of the companies being targeted by our
joint campaign for its role in the construction of the Yadana gas pipeline
project in Burma.  India is also a country being targeted by this campaign for alleged
human rights violations by its police against activists opposed to the
construction of the Narmada Dam project.

Please take action on this circular.  Write to the Indian authorities and
express concerns about the actions of members of the State Reserve Police
in beating peaceful protesters.  Urge the authorities to ensure an impartial
and independent investigation into the death in custody of Colonel Save and
bring those responsible to justice.  Thank you all for your activism around this
program and our campaign to defend those who give the earth a voice.

Best regards, Folabi

India: Excessive Police Force Results in Death of Human Rights Defender
Colonel Save


On April 20th Human Rights Defender Colonel Pratap Save, President of
Kinara Bachao Samiti (Save the Coast Committee), died after surgery to remove a
blood clot in his brain that was the result of excessive police force used
against him when he helped organize community protest to stop the construction of a
proposed port in Umbergaon at the border of the Indian states of Maharashtra and
Gujarat.

On April 7th, approximately 2,500 local people, including women and
children, were involved in a peaceful demonstration against the construction of the
port.
The State Reserve Police (SRP) reportedly set up tents on private lands
used by the locals to prepare for the entry of private parties entrusted with
surveying the areas for the proposed port. As demonstrators began protesting, the SRP
started to lathi charge the crowd, throwing tear gas shells at the
demonstrators.  The police reportedly arrested 47 people and took them to
the Umbergaon police station where they were detained overnight.

In the early morning of April 8th, leaders of the Kinara Bachao Sangharsh
Samiti, lawyer Bhupendra Macchi and Colonel Save were picked up by the
police. According to reports, police arrested Colonel Save without an arrest
warrant. At the police station, all the activists were reportedly beaten by police
with lathis [long wooden sticks] while in custody.  They were also threatened by
the Deputy Superintendent of Police of Bulsara district that they would be
"done away with".  Colonel Pratap Save was reportedly held by policemen and
repeatedly struck with several blows from a lathi on his chest till he collapsed on
the ground.

In the afternoon of April 8th, those arrested were taken to Paldi where the
magistrate granted them bail. However the police rearrested the detainees
under section 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure which provides for preventive
detention and activists were detained for a further 24 hours before being
released again.  Upon re-arrest Colonel Save's health started to
deteriorate and he was taken to the local hospital where on April 9th he underwent an
emergency operation to remove a blood clot in his brain.  However, he never recovered
from the operation and on 20 April 2000 Colonel Save died.

The Mamlatdar [administrative head of the sub-district] is reported to have
given orders to the police to use "any means necessary" to suppress
protests against the construction of the port. He has subsequently claimed that he
had direct orders from the Chief Minister and reportedly apologized to
villagers for the police violence. According to a press report, a fact finding committee
into the death of Colonel Save has been set up by the state Government, but they
have refused to take action against the senior police officer. In response to
this refusal, several human rights activists have filed a petition in the
Gujarat High Court.  In addition, a state Congress delegation has also met with the
Governor, Mr Sunder Singh Bhandari to urge him to set up a judicial
inquiry.

The project is proposed for construction within the Coastal Regulation Zone
which is an environmentally fragile area.  Local people claim that they
have not been consulted about the construction of the port which it is estimated
will affect several thousand fishermen and their families who rely on the
fishing trade in the area for their livelihood.  In response to the proposed
construction the local community formed two groups, the Save the Coast
Committee and the Umbergaon District Action Committee to Stop the Port, which have
conducted studies of the impact of the project and peacefully agitating
against the construction for over 15 months.

Activists from both groups assert that the construction of a port would
destroy the livelihoods of the fishermen.  The reclamation of land and heavy
traffic of ships would destroy breeding grounds and dramatically affect marine life in
the area.  They argue that dredging of the land to construct the port would
lead to the ingress of salinity in the groundwater and a fall in the agricultural
yield. Farmers who live off the land through growing paddy, mangoes etc would be
deprived of their livelihood as studies give evidence that the rich and
fertile soil would be dramatically affected. Poor fisherman would be especially
impacted since they can?t afford boats and normally fish for creeks prawns, crabs
etc in the marshy lands that would be reclaimed for construction of the lagoon
harbor. Furthermore, they argue that constant dredging through setting up of the
port would destroy the ecology of the wetland.

Amnesty International is concerned about regular reports of attacks by law
enforcement officials against those defending their economic and social
rights in the context of development or industrial projects.  Whole communities
who often unite to protest against projects report that rather than being
consulted and provided with access to information, repressive tactics are used
against them to expedite projects.


Take action!

Write to Indian state authorities: 

 expressing grave concern about the actions of members of the State
Reserve Police in beating peaceful protesters. Expressing grave concern at the
role of local police in Umbergaon sub-district in detaining local people and 
activists and beating them in custody - resulting in the death of
Colonel Save; 
urging the authorities to ensure that there is an impartial and
independent investigation into the death in custody of Colonel Save and bring those
found responsible to justice; expressing grave concern about threats made by the Deputy Superintendent
of Police of Bulsara district to activists of the Kinara Bachao Sangarsh
Samiti and calling on the authorities to ensure their safety; 
urging the authorities to ensure a prompt independent and impartial 
investigation into the incidents of April 7th and 8th including the
threats made against activists and to ensure that those found responsible for
using excessive force against local people and activists or of threatening and 
 torturing activists, are brought promptly to justice; 
 urging the authorities to ensure the right of individuals to peacefully 
 protest against industrial and other projects without fear of 
 suppression by the state;


Appeals to:                                   Copies to:

Shri Keshubhai Patel                          Mr L.K. Advani
Chief Minister of Gujarat,               Minister of Home Affairs
Block No. 1,                                  Ministry of Home Affairs
New Sachivalay,                               North Block
Gandhinagar 382010                       New Delhi 110 001
Gujarat                                       India
India
Telegrams: Chief Miinister,
Gandhinagar, India
Fax: +91 ++ 2712 - 22101
Salutation: Dear Chief Minister




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http://ens-news.com

                                         "We Cover the Earth For You"
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WORLD EXPO 2000 HEARS URGENT WARNING TO LIMIT RESOURCE DEMANDS

HANNOVER, Germany, June 19, 2000 - A pioneering analysis of the world's
ecosystems reveals a widespread decline due to increasing resource demands.
The analysis was released today at the World Exposition in Hannover, an
international exhibition of new technologies and sciences running from June
1 to October 31, 2000.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-19-01.html

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FARMER v. MONSANTO: GM SEED FIGHT IN CANADA'S HIGHEST COURT

By Fred Bridgland
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 19, 2000 (ENS) - On the Great Plains
of Canada, farmer Percy Schmeiser has engaged in a David v. Goliath battle
which could save farmers and consumers around the world from a genetically
modified food nightmare beyond anything they have experienced so far.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-19-04.html

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New Zealand, Australia Propose South Pacific Whale Sanctuary

AUKLAND, New Zealand, June 19, 2000 (ENS) - New Zealand and Australia will
propose that a whale sanctuary be established in the South Pacific Ocean.
The proposal will be tabled during this year's International Whaling
Commission (IWC) meeting in Adelaide next month.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-19-03.html

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CLIMATE TALKS HEAT UP AS DEADLINE NEARS

BONN, Germany, June 19, 2000 - (ENS) - Talks aimed at curbing global warming
have left environmental groups warning of impending failure. But United
Nations organizers say the two week meeting, which ended Friday in  Bonn,
Germany, made progress on difficult technical issues.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-19-05.html

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NUCLEAR WASTE BARRELS FOUND IN ENGLISH CHANNEL

PARIS, France, June 19, 2000 (ENS) - Corroding, broken and disintegrated
barrels of radioactive waste were among images released by Greenpeace today
after a two week inspection of the Hurd Deep, in UK territorial waters of
the English Channel off Cap de La Hague, France.
For full text and graphics visit:
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LOS ANGELES BARS NEW DIESEL GARBAGE TRUCKS, BUSES

LOS ANGELES, California, June 19, 2000 (ENS) - Los Angeles has become the
first major American city to ban the use of diesel fuel in municipal buses
and garbage trucks. The region. s air quality agency voted Friday to require
almost 11,000 transit buses and garbage trucks to convert to cleaner burning
alternative fuels.
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ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE AMERISCAN: JUNE 19, 2000

Warmest Spring on Record Continues to Parch U.S.

61,000 Acres in Tennessee Deemed Unsuitable for Coal Mining

Americans Support Tracking of Environmental Disease Factors

Ethanol Could Solve High Gas Prices, Corn Grower Says

Dusty Oceans Could Slow Global Warming

New Fishing Rules Protect Grouper in Gulf of Mexico

Big Automakers Enter New Fuel Cell Engine Partnership

Foam Core Homes Could Slash Energy Costs 50 Percent

House Subcommittee Boosts Missouri River Restoration Funding

Rio Grande Highlighted in Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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ATTENTION: AGRICULTURE, ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND TRANSPORTATION EDITORS

MORE BUS AND TRUCK FLEETS TURNING TO BIODIESEL  TO CURB AIR POLLUTION

     WHAT:     Briefing to update media, Congressional staff and other
interested parties on the rapidly increasing use of biodiesel fuel in the
nation's bus and truck fleets to curb air pollution.  Non-toxic, sulfur-free
biodiesel fuel made from soybean oil is the only recognized alternative fuel
to have completed the health effects testing requirements of the Clean Air
Act.
     CONTACT: Gina DeLuca or William Vail, 202-737-8400
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TO NATIONAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOREIGN EDITORS:

Fund for Animals to Testify for Protection of Great Apes And Foreign
Endangered Species

      WASHINGTON, June 19 -/E-Wire/-- On Tuesday, June 20, at 9 AM, in room
1334 of the Longworth House Office Building, Congress will hear testimony
regarding H.R. 4320, the Great Ape Conservation Act, and H.R. 3407, the
Keystone Species Conservation Act. Both bills seek to establish federal
funds to benefit endangered species, one strictly for the great apes and the
other for multiple foreign species.
     /CONTACT:  Christine Wolf of The Fund for Animals, 301-585-2591 ext.
208/
     /Web site:  http://www.fund.org/
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Army Engineers Celebrate 225 Years

      CONCORD, Mass., June 15 -/E-Wire/-- June 16th is U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers Day across the region, according to official proclamations penned
by each of the governors of the six New England states.  The proclamations
by Governors John G. Rowland (Conn.), Angus S. King (Maine), A. Paul
Cellucci (Mass.), C. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Lincoln C. Almond (R.I.) and
Howard Dean (Vt.) note the many contributions of the Army Engineers to the
more than 13 million citizens within New England.
     /CONTACT: Sue Douglas of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 978-318-8264,
susan.i.douglas@usace.army.mil/
     /Web site: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/
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Blue292 Introduces First Fully-Transactional E-Marketplace Designed
Specifically for Environmental Sourcing and Project Management

      DURHAM, NC and SALT LAKE CITY, June 19 -/E-Wire/-- Blue292, the
world's leading business-to-business e-marketplace for environmental, health
and safety (EHS) products and services, today announced the introduction of
its fully transactional e-marketplace designed to streamline sourcing and
environmental project management.  The e-marketplace is located at
http://www.blue292.com.
     /CONTACT:  Anita Bose, for Blue292, 212-484-7699, abose@rlmnet.com/
     /Web site:  http://www.blue292.com/
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ENVIRON.COM Appoints John Bagalini as CFO

      MESA, Ariz., June 19 -/E-Wire/-- Environ.com, the leading
environmental compliance portal, today announced their appointment of John
Bagalini as Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Bagalini comes to the company
after leading two previous start-up companies through successful Internet
launches and subsequent financings.  His extensive experience includes eight
years serving as president of the Chappell Companies, a Canadian-owned group
of diversified investment companies which funded over a dozen venture
capital investments, many of which were provided with full incubation and
management services.  He is returning to the Valley where he began his
business career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse and as an international
tax consultant with Deloitte & Touche.
     /CONTACT:  Robin Suzelis of Environ.com, 480-964-5043 ext. 24/
     /Web site:  http://www.environ.com/
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ENERGY INNOVATIONS SMALL GRANT PROGRAM

NEXT ROUND OF FUNDING OPENS FOR ENERGY INNOVATIONS SMALL GRANT PROGRAM

     SACRAMENTO, CA June 19, -E-Wire/-- The California Energy Commission has
announced the opening of the sixth solicitation for proposals for the Energy
Innovations Small Grants (EISG) Program.
     CONTACT: EISG Program Administrator San Diego Regional Energy Office
(619) 594-1049.
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Fund for Animals to Testify for Protection of Great Apes And Foreign
Endangered Species

      WASHINGTON, June 19 -/E-Wire/-- On Tuesday, June 20, at 9 AM, in room
1334 of the Longworth House Office Building, Congress will hear testimony
regarding H.R. 4320, the Great Ape Conservation Act, and H.R. 3407, the
Keystone Species Conservation Act. Both bills seek to establish federal
funds to benefit endangered species, one strictly for the great apes and the
other for multiple foreign species.
     /CONTACT:  Christine Wolf of The Fund for Animals, 301-585-2591 ext.
208/
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Army Engineers Celebrate 225 Years

      CONCORD, Mass., June 15 -/E-Wire/-- June 16th is U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers Day across the region, according to official proclamations penned
by each of the governors of the six New England states.  The proclamations
by Governors John G. Rowland (Conn.), Angus S. King (Maine), A. Paul
Cellucci (Mass.), C. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Lincoln C. Almond (R.I.) and
Howard Dean (Vt.) note the many contributions of the Army Engineers to the
more than 13 million citizens within New England.
     /CONTACT: Sue Douglas of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 978-318-8264,
susan.i.douglas@usace.army.mil/
     /Web site: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/
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Blue292 Introduces First Fully-Transactional E-Marketplace Designed
Specifically for Environmental Sourcing and Project Management

      DURHAM, NC and SALT LAKE CITY, June 19 -/E-Wire/-- Blue292, the
world's leading business-to-business e-marketplace for environmental, health
and safety (EHS) products and services, today announced the introduction of
its fully transactional e-marketplace designed to streamline sourcing and
environmental project management.  The e-marketplace is located at
http://www.blue292.com.
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ENVIRON.COM Appoints John Bagalini as CFO

      MESA, Ariz., June 19 -/E-Wire/-- Environ.com, the leading
environmental compliance portal, today announced their appointment of John
Bagalini as Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Bagalini comes to the company
after leading two previous start-up companies through successful Internet
launches and subsequent financings.  His extensive experience includes eight
years serving as president of the Chappell Companies, a Canadian-owned group
of diversified investment companies which funded over a dozen venture
capital investments, many of which were provided with full incubation and
management services.  He is returning to the Valley where he began his
business career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse and as an international
tax consultant with Deloitte & Touche.
     /CONTACT:  Robin Suzelis of Environ.com, 480-964-5043 ext. 24/
     /Web site:  http://www.environ.com/
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from World Wilflife June 21, 2000


This fall, WWF is highlighting two special voyages. All WWF trips
Are designed with the conservationist in mind, and provide the
Opportunity to see firsthand the many wild spaces and species
in need of protection. Throughout these journeys, experienced
and personable naturalists will illuminate your experience and
guide your voyage. Please visit www.worldwildlife.org/travel
for more schedules, offerings, and further information.

--Spotlight on Right Whales: At one time, the global population of
right whales (both northern and southern) may have numbered 80,000,
and they could be found off the coast of every continent. Today the
northern right whale is all but extinct in the eastern North Pacific,
only a small population exists in the northwestern Pacific, probably
in the low hundreds, and approximately 300 exist in the western northern
Atlantic. The northern right whale is the most endangered of the large
whales. Only in the Southern Hemisphere are right whales showing signs of
recovery. The two largest populations are found off South Africa and
Patagonia, but the species is also found in the waters off Australia
and some coastal areas of the South Pacific. Right whales most distinctive
features are their callosities - raised, thickened, patches of skin, which
grow on their head, lips, and chin. The callosities' patterns, which vary
from whale to whale allow researchers to distinguish individuals. To find
out more about whales or other species, please visit our web site:
http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/species.cfm

--Watch for these incredible whales up-close and personal as you travel
with WWF to Patagonia, Falklands, Tierra del Fuego, and the Chilean
Fjords from November 22-December 8, 2000 aboard the 110-passenger
Caledonian
Star. The trip also includes: visits to Buenos Aires, Argentina and
Montevideo, Uruguay; opportunities to observe remarkable concentrations of
sea lions and elephant seals at Puerto Madryn and the Valedes Peninsula in
Argentina; 3 days exploring the Falkland Islands where many penguin
species abound; and 2 days exploring the Chilean fjords' incredible
vistas. Special Offer: The cost of the voyage runs from $7,990 per person,
double occupany. However, if you register by June 22, WWF will reduce
the trip price by $1,000 per person an excellent value for an outstanding
wildlife experience. For more information, contact the Travel Program
by phone(1-888-WWF-TOUR) or via e-mail: membertours@wwfus.org

--Spotlight on the Amazon: The Amazon is the world's largest intact
rain forest. With its high rainfall, complex topography and soils,
and meandering river systems, the Amazon creates habitat mosaics that
contribute to the diversity of the region. Each year, the Amazon
River overflows its banks and floods 116,000 square miles of forest.
These forests form the most extensive system of riverine flooded forests
on Earth and their streams and rivers contain 20 percent of the planet's
freshwater. The Flooded Forests of the Amazon host an extraordinary
seasonal
migration of aquatic and terrestrial animals. Red uakari, hoatzins, pink
freshwater dolphins, Amazon manatees, giant kapok trees are just a few of
the remarkable species found in those forests. The Southwestern Amazon
Rain
Forests provide one of the last refuges for the highly threatened jaguar,
the harpy eagle, and the giant river otter. These forests also support as
many as 1,200 species of butterflies. Currently, the biggest threat to
these crucial ecosystems is overpopulation of the surrounding lands
causing roads, logging,and agriculture to encroach on many protected
areas.
Please visit us on-line to learn more about important ecoregions:
http://www.worldwildlife.org/global200/spaces.cfm

--Travel through the rain forest on the Amazon Riverboat Voyage aboard
the 26-passenger La Turmalina - The itinerary includes exploring
a succession of rivers (the Amazon, Ucayali, Tapiche, and Sabina Rivers)
full of remote areas that cannot be navigated by larger ships, walking
through the rain forest to observe the incredible diversity of life,
and visiting isolated villages that depend upon the forest and river for
sustenance and commerce. Dates in 2000 include September 30-October 8 and
November 11-19, 2000, and cost $2,970 per person, double occupancy.
Scheduled 2001 departures include March 31-April 8 and
April 28-May 6, 2001, and cost $3,125 per person, double occupancy.
For more information, contact the Travel Program by phone (1-888-WWF-TOUR)
or via e-mail membertours@wwfus.org.

This email is being sent to everybody who accepted
World Wildlife Fund's Living Planet Pledge, signed up for
the Earth Day Alert, or  joined our "what's new" mailing
list. These lists are now combined into one "what's new
at WWF online" list. The purpose of this message is to keep
you informed about what WWF is doing, as well as what
you can do to help save life on Earth and protect wildlife
and wildlands.


from Environment News Service June 20, 2000


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DAIMLERCHRYSLER COMMITS $1 BILLION TO FUEL CELL VEHICLES

HANNOVER, Germany, June 20, 2000 (ENS) - DaimlerChrysler aims to be the
first automaker to market vehicles powered by fuel cells, promising fuel
cell buses by 2002 and passenger cars by 2004. At World Engineers Day Monday
at Expo 2000 in Hannover, chairman of the board Jürgen Schrempp said the
company will invest $1 billion over the next four years to develop
affordable fuel cell powered vehicles.
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TIMBER COMPANY PUTS OFF ROADBUILDING TO CANADA'S OLDEST TREES

By Neville Judd
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, June 20, 2000 (ENS) - The upper Elaho
Valley, an area north of Vancouver renowned for its old growth forest, will
be spared further road building for now. The valley, near the world famous
Whistler Ski Resort, contains some of the oldest trees in Canada and has
been proposed as a national park.
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FRESH HOPE FOR ENDANGERED CARIBBEAN MARINE LIFE

KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 20, 2000 (ENS) - Marine life in the Caribbean is now
better protected than it has ever been. An agreement that took nearly ten
years to become international law came into effect this week. It is a legal
commitment by Caribbean countries to protect, develop and manage their
common coastal and marine resources both individually and jointly.
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ENERGY EFFICIENCY PRESCRIBED FOR BRITISH HOUSEHOLDERS

LONDON, England, June 20, 2000 (ENS) - Homeowners in Britain will be forced
to install double glazed windows under government proposals announced last
week.
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UPDATED PACIFIC SALMON RULES PROMOTE LOCAL CONTROL

WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2000 (ENS) - Saying it was instituting the most
significant innovation in how the Endangered Species Act is implemented
since it began listing West Coast salmon in 1991, the National Marine
Fisheries Service today unveiled new rules to protect 14 populations of
salmon and steelhead from California. s Central Valley to Washington. s Puget
Sound.
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BLM HIGHLIGHTS CONSERVATION IN NEW MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2000 (ENS) - The Bureau of Land Management has
announced a new emphasis on conservation. The National Landscape
Conservation System, established by the agency on Monday, will include the
agency's National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, and other
environmentally sensitive areas.
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ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE AMERISCAN: JUNE 20, 2000

Great Lakes States, Provinces Ban Water Withdrawals

Emergency Water Release in Platte River

Roadless Proposal Opponent Has Industry Ties

Chiricahua Leopard Frog Proposed for Threatened Listing

Diesel Rule Hearing Prompts Strong Convictions

Farmer Delays Harvest to Protect Tricolored Blackbirds

Vacationers: Offset Greenhouse Gases by Planting Trees

Florida Governor Spreads Sand on Beach Erosion Problem

Hunting Accident Reveals Poaching Ring

Tippy Canoe and Midler Too

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TO BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EDITORS:

Blue292 Signs The IT Group, A Leading Environmental Consulting & Engineering
Firm
The IT Group Becomes Fourth Major C&E Firm to Join Early-Adopter Program

      DURHAM, N.C., June 20 -/E-Wire/-- Blue292, the world's leading
business-to-business e-marketplace for environmental, health and safety
(EHS) products and services, today announced that it has signed The IT Group
(NYSE: ITX), a leading environmental consulting and engineering (C&E) firm,
to its Early-Adopter Pilot Program.
     /CONTACT:  Anita Bose for Blue292, 212-484-7699, abose@rlmnet.com/
(ITX)
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Hydrogen Burner Technology to Supply Fuel-Flexible Reformers to DCH
Technology

      RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, Calif., June 20 -/E-Wire/-- Hydrogen Burner
Technology Inc. (HBT) announced today that DCH Technology, Inc. would be
purchasing 105 of HBT's fuel-flexible reformers to be tested in locations
worldwide.  The Enable(TM) Fuel Cell Corporation of Wisconsin, a subsidiary
of DCHT, will be integrating its larger Enable fuel cell with the reformers
for customers who will be testing the integrated power systems for specific
applications.
     /CONTACT:  David Moard of Hydrogen Burner Technology, 310-900-0400/
(DCHT)
     /Web site:  http://www.dcht.com/
     /Web site:  http://www.hydrogenburner.com/
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Suncor plans to pursue landfill gas opportunities
Agreement with Conestoga-Rovers and Associates is latest step in Suncor's
commitment to develop alternative and renewable energy business

      CALGARY, June 20 -/E-Wire/-- Suncor Energy Inc. announced today that
it has entered into an agreement with Conestoga-Rovers and Associates of
Waterloo, Ontario to pursue opportunities to produce alternative and
renewable energy from Canadian municipal landfills.
        /CONTACT:  Darlene Crowell, Suncor Energy Inc., 403-269-8609; Rick
Mosher, Conestoga-Rovers and Associates, 519-884-0510, Or we can be reached
at our website: www.suncor.com/      (SU. SU)
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ALTERNATIVES JOURNAL
LET'S GET IT RIGHT
Environmental Journal and International Community  Join to Improve Reporting
on Climate Change

      WATERLOO, Ontario, Canada June 19, -/E-Wire/- What we say matters. So
does what we fail to say. This is especially true in reporting on global
climate issues.
CONTACT: Brenda Jones, International Conference on Climate Change
Communication,
519.888.4567 x.6862, fax (519) 746-0292, email: be2jones@fes.uwaterloo.ca,
http://geognt.uwaterloo.ca/c3confer or Environmental Thought, Policy and
Action, phone (519) 888-4567, subscriptions ext. 6783,  editor ext. 3407
Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3G1, e-mail: alternat@fes.uwaterloo.ca
http://www.fes.uwaterloo.ca/alternatives/
/Web site: http://geognt.uwaterloo.ca/c3confer
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High Yielding Crops: A True 'Win-Win' for Reducing N Loss

      WASHINGTON, June 20 -/E-Wire/-- The following is a statement of The
Fertilizer Institute regarding "Draft Action Plan for Reducing, Mitigating,
and Controlling Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico":
     /CONTACT:  Ron Phillips of The Fertilizer Institute, 202-608-5903/
     /Web site:  http://www.tfi.org/
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from Sierra Club June 20, 2000


SC-ACTION Vol. II #222
     DEFENDING THE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA
     June 19, 2000

     ------------------------QUOTE OF THE DAY-----------------------------

     "My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent,
     I will attack."

     --Marshall Foch, French Commander, World War I

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     TABLE OF CONTENTS

     1) PROTECT OUR NATION'S AIR AND WATER FROM DIRTY RIDERS

     2) RUNNING FOR ROADLESS AREAS

     3) MAJORITY SPOKANE FOR PROTECTION AT HEARING

     4) GREAT DAY FOR GOOD WOOD

     5) GETTING TO THE CORPS OF THE PROBLEM


     1) PROTECT OUR NATION'S AIR AND WATER FROM DIRTY RIDERS

     The U.S. House of Representatives is about to vote on the
     VA-HUD-Independent Agencies spending bill for Fiscal Year 2001, which
     also contains Environmental Protection Agency funding. As in years
     past, the legislation this year also contains several dirty
     anti-environmental riders that would undermine our nation's
     environmental protection programs. Today, take a few moments to call
     or email your Representative and urge him or her to oppose all
     anti-environmental riders attached to the VA-HUD-Independent Agencies
     spending bill.

     Several amendments will be offered that can remove some of the most
     egregious riders. One by Representatives Hinchey (D-NY) and Waxman
     (D-CA) would to strip three anti-environmental riders from the bill.
     The amendment would remove one rider that would prevent EPA from
     completing regulations to reduce levels of arsenic in drinking water
     and a provision to stop EPA from issuing a new standard for drinking
     water containing radon.  It would also remove a third rider that is
     designed to halt EPA's cleanup of contaminated sediments in waterways
     until the completion of a National Academy of Sciences report,
     delaying action that could endanger the environment and public health.

     Also within this spending bill is a rider that is being offered by
     Representatives Linder (R-GA) and Collins (R-GA) that would delay
     designation of regions not in attainment with more protective soot and
     smog standards.  This rider would be a major step backwards for the
     Clean Air Act and would put people who live in smog areas at higher risk
     for respiratory diseases and keep information about health risks from
     the public.

     So, call today and urge your Representative to vote for the
     Hinchey-Waxman amendment to protect our drinking water and cleanup our
     rivers, against the Linder-Collins rider that would delay new air
     standards and against all other anti-environmental riders the bill may
     contain. Also urge them to oppose the final passage if these
     anti-environmental riders are not stripped.

     For more information, contact Dirk Manskopf at 202.675.7915 or
     dirk.manskopf@sierraclub.org.


     2) RUNNING FOR ROADLESS AREAS

     At least one Minnesota activist is going the extra mile for roadless
     areas... well, actually, an extra 26.2 miles.  North Star Chapter
     Sierran Ken Bradley is going to run the annual Grandma's Marathon in
     Duluth, Minnesota, on Saturday, just days before the Forest Service
     hearing being held there June 22nd.

     Our Marathon Man Ken is running to commemorate the late GREAT
     Representative Willard Munger, one of our state's most cherished
     environmental heroes, who recently passed away and is already sorely
     missed at the Legislature.  Ken will wear a T-shirt that says "Thank
     You Willard Munger" on the front and "Thank You for Protecting Our
     Forests" on the back.  And, yes, he will be sporting one of our green,
     embroidered Wild Forest caps.

     He... could... go... all... the... way...

     Now... will the Forest Service?


     3) MAJORITY SPOKANE FOR PROTECTION AT HEARING

     The Sierra Club and Kettle Range Conservation Group did a good job of
     getting folks out to the Spokane, Washington hearing.  As of about
     8:30 pm 71 people had testified with 66-67 being ours.

     The press conference before the hearing went well with one TV (KREM)
     and two radio stations (KGA and KPBX-Public Radio).  The Conference
     included John Roskelly-Spokane County Commissioner, Steven
     Corker-Spokane City Councilman, Chase Davis-Sierra Club, and Hal
     Rowe-Kettle Range Conservation Group.

     The hearing was a bit strange.  The FS clearly anticipated some kind
     of circus event.  They had two separate rooms and divided folks
     (even/odd) when they signed up and sent them to the respective rooms
     for their 3 minutes.  There were 12-15 Forest Serice staff, and half
     dozen security police.  They did an internal briefing before for
     staff/security before the hearing to talk about handling incidents and
     crowds.  Neither of which as an issue.

     Because of the long time frame for the hearing 2-10pm, we never really
     had a "crowd" of folks at the hearing.  We had a steady dribble of
     folks coming in all day long doing written comments and then
     testifying.  We had a small bubble of folks around 6pm.  The
     cumulative number added up to a very respectable turnout with 71
     speaking.  Only real opposition was from a couple of ORV folks on
     access issues.  Otherwise they were all ours.


     4) GREAT DAY FOR GOOD WOOD

     On Thursday, June 15, after a long year of public education, bill
     writing and lobbying, Sierra Club's Good Wood Campaign rolled out
     "Good Wood" legislation at a press conference in City Hall Park, New
     York City.  Alongside Carl Pope and Susan Holmes stood four of the
     most influential City Council members to announce the introduction of
     the Selective Purchasing bill into the City Council.  The bill would
     protect forests by making NYC the first major city country to go to
     wood alternatives and FSC certified wood. The sponsoring Council
     members are:  Speaker Peter Vallone; Contracts Committee Chair,
     Kathryn Freed; Finance Committee Chair, Herb Berman; and Council
     Member A. Gifford Miller.

     Following a meeting with Speaker Vallone, Pope, Holmes and
     representatives from other eight other national environmental
     organizations, Sierra Club joined with members of the City Council in
     City Hall Park at a press conference.  The Good Wood Volunteer
     Committee (led by Stephan Chenault) stood behind the podium with a 20
     foot long banner filled with letters from around the country --
     generated from the PLANET -- asking New York to adopt the policy.  We
     also placed a blow-up of a clearcut on a non-FSC certified bench and a
     blow-up of sustainable forestry on an FSC-certified bench showing that
     the difference is in the forest, not the bench.  In addition to the
     press (which included Bloomberg News, Voice of America, WCBS,
     WFUV-Radio, the Christian Science Monitor and the New York Post), in
     attendance were the executive directors of the Rainforest Alliance,
     FSC-US, the Consumers' Choice Council, representatives from LCV,
     American Lands Alliance, Rainforest Foundation, Rainforest Relief, EPA,
     Feldman Lumber, NRDC and National Audubon Society.

     But the work is only beginning, by 10:00am on the 16th, Forest
     Alliance of BC-- an industry group -- was calling the City Council!

     A very special thanks to the yeoman work of Maiya Shaw -- lead
     campaigner -- and Lori Herpen who came in from NJ to help out!


     5) GETTING TO THE CORPS OF THE PROBLEM

     Continuing efforts to bring greater accountability to the Army Corps
     of Engineers was aided on Friday by a rally staged by the Sierra Club
     and other environmental organizations on Friday in St. Louis.

     The rally, outside a Corps meeting, was picked up in the St. Louis
     Post-Dispatch and Carl Zichella cited numerous examples of the Corps'
     untrustworthiness, including altered studies and illegal spending on
     locks.  He refused to work with the Corps until it is brought under
     civilian control.

     Creative use of puppets and costumes was key in gaining prominence for
     the story... not to mention a photo.

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     Sierra Club Legislative Hotline - 202-675-2394
     Sierra Club National Headquarters - 415-977-5500
     Sierra Club World Wide Web - http://www.sierraclub.org
     Sierra Club Vote Watch Website - http://www.sierraclub.org/votewatch/

     White House Comment Line - 202-456-1111
     White House Fax Line - 202-456-2461
     Clinton's e-mail - president@whitehouse.gov
     Gore's e-mail - vice-president@whitehouse.gov
     White House Address - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500

     US Capitol Switchboard - 202-224-3121
     To contact your senators - http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index.cfm
     To contact your representative - http://www.house.gov/writerep/
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from Mother Jones June 20, 2000


Bay Area MoJo readers take note: Mother Jones Publisher To Speak at San
Francisco's Commonwealth Club

Mother Jones publisher Jay Harris will be the featured speaker at San
Francisco's Commonwealth Club on Tuesday, June 20. His speech, "What's
Missing From Your News," is adapted from an essay by the same name in "The
Business of Journalism," just published by the New Press. Jay will offer
an insider's view of the business pressures  that push the mainstream
press to neglect stories of critical importance in favor of celebrity
reporting and sensationalistic stories that don't offend the interests of
powerful advertisers.

The Commonwealth Club is at 595 Market Street in San Francisco. The 6:00
p.m. speech, to be taped for later broadcast by C-Span, will be preceded
by a 5:15 reception. Tickets are $7 for members, $10 for non-members.
Reserve a spot by calling 415/597-6705 or online at
http://www.commonwealthclub.org.


from Zero Population Growth June 21, 2000


You can take action on this alert either by email or preferably on the web at:
http://actionnetwork.org/take-action.tcl?key=419220A8568B961591700C40464.

Here's what this alert is about:

Congressional extremists attempt to block approval of RU-486.  Act NOW!
----------------------

For the third year in a row, extremists in Congress are
attempting to block FDA approval of the drug mifepristone,
also known as RU-486.   This drug has already been found by
the FDA to be a safe and effective method of early
abortion.

On June 21, Rep. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is expected to offer an
amendment to the 2001 Agriculture Appropriations bill to
prohibit the FDA from approving any drug that induces
medical abortion.   The Coburn amendment would slam the door
on this important reproductive health gain for American
women.

This vote is expected to be extremely close!  Please tell
your representative that politics should be kept out of the
drug approval process and to oppose the Coburn amendment.


----------------------

INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA THE WEB:
If you have access to a web browser, you can take action on this
alert by going to the following URL:

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INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA EMAIL:
Just choose the "reply to sender" option on your email program, and edit
the letter below as you wish.  If your email program does not have
a "reply to sender" option, you can copy and paste the letter below into
a new email message and mail it to alert-response-419220A8568B961591700C40464@actionnetwork.org.  
You must include the whole letter in your response including "-YOU MAY
EDIT THE LETTER BELOW-" and "-END OF LETTER-".  Please do not
add your name and address to your letter.  Action Network automatically
does this for you.

We STRONGLY encourage you to make edits directly to our sample letter
below, and put the alert talking points into your own words. An
individualized letter is worth ten computer generated letters. Of
course, hundreds of unedited letters will still create a large impact,
so please reply even if you don't have time to personalize the letter.

Your letter will be addressed and sent to:
Representative Maurice Hinchey


-------YOU MAY EDIT THE LETTER BELOW---------


I am writing to urge you to oppose the Coburn amendment when
the House considers the fiscal 2001 Agricultural
Appropriations bill (H.R. 4461).  The Coburn amendment would
prohibit the Food and Drug Administration from using
government funds to test, develop or approve any drug for
the chemical inducement of abortion, including mifepristone.

Mifepristone, also known as RU-486, offers women an early,
safe, and effective medical alternative to surgical abortion
and has been available to women in Europe for over a decade.
It has been shown to be a safe and effective alternative to
surgical abortion following extensive clinical trials.  It
is a safe, effective method of early abortion and early
abortion means safe abortion.  The drug also holds promise
for the treatment of other health conditions such as breast
cancer, endometriosis, and Cushing's disease.

The availability of mifepristone would greatly expand
women's options and allow them to exercise their right to
choose in privacy, making it more difficult for those who
oppose abortion to single out women for harassment and
intimidation.   Finally, politics has no place in the drug
approval process.  Science and medicine should be the
factors on which this decision is made not politics.  Don't
slam the door on this important reproductive health gain;
oppose the Coburn amendment.  

I look forward to hearing from you on this issue.

-------END OF LETTER-------------------------

Sincerely yours,


from League of Conservation Voters June 21, 2000


===================================
LCV. s Weekly Congressional Update
Week of June 19th, 2000
===================================

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) continues to monitor Congressional
activity and hold members of Congress accountable for their actions on
important environmental issues. See the information below for a concise
look at what happened in Congress last week and what we anticipate for the
coming week.

===================================
SUMMARY
===================================

Last week the Senate struck a compromise deal during debate on the
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for better fuel economy for
light trucks such as the popular SUVs.  In the House, Representatives spent
the week debating appropriations bills.  LCV monitored passage of the
Interior Appropriations bill and votes on many riders to the bill.  On June
13th, LCV sent a letter to Capitol Hill to urge pro-environment votes on
the Interior bill.  See LCV. s Action Center
(http://www.lcv.org/actioncenter/) to view the letter.

===================================
ACTIONS AND VOTES LAST WEEK
===================================

**SENATE**

SENATE TAKES ONE STEP CLOSER TO BETTER FUEL STANDARDS
During debate on the FY 2001 Transportation Appropriations bill, H.R. 4475,
the Senate made a compromise on an effort to increase the fuel economy of
cars and trucks, or the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE).  The
compromise will allow a study to determine if changes should be made to the
nation. s vehicle fuel economy standards.  For the past five years, the
Department of Transportation has been restricted from even attempting to
raise CAFE standards.  With last week. s compromise, the National Academy of
Sciences will study fuel economy to determine whether changes should be
made to the current standards.  In recognizing that the agreement falls
short of actually implementing stronger CAFE standards, LCV called this
action a step in the right direction for the American consumer and the
efforts to reduce pollutants.  Look for LCV. s complete statement on the web
at: http://www.lcv.org/news/062000release.htm

**HOUSE**

The House took several votes on amendments to the Interior appropriations
bill last week.  We have included a summary of final passage and a brief
summary of several amendments to the bill:

FINAL PASSAGE OF INTERIOR BILL
The House worked through the night on Friday of last week to pass the FY
2001 Interior Appropriations bill, H.R. 4578, by a vote of 204-172.  The
bill appropriates $14.6 billion for the Interior Department, related
agencies and cultural programs and agencies in fiscal year 2001. The bill
also provides funds for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National
Parks Service and the Minerals Management Service.

LCV has issued many Weekly Congressional Updates concerning the Interior
Appropriations bill and the anti-environment riders attached to the bill.  
Many of these riders came to a vote last week.  Here is the outcome of the
most significant ones:

Columbia Basin . Rep. George Nethercutt (R-WA) introduced a rider to
restrict funding for the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Plan
in the Pacific Northwest.  The environmental community opposed this rider.  
It was adopted 197 to 180.

National Monuments . Rep. Jim Hansen (R-UT) lost his battle to amend the
bill to prohibit the Interior Department from using funds to designate
federal lands as new national monuments.  All of the Clinton
administration. s announcements after 1999 would be affected, including the
four recently announced.  The environmental community opposed this rider.
It was rejected 187-234.

Yolo Bypass in California . This rider restricts funding to establish a
wildlife refuge at Yolo Bypass in California and on the Kankakee River in
Illinois and Indiana.  The environmental community opposed this rider and
Rep. Doug Ose (R-CA) worked to strike this rider.  His amendment to take
this rider off the bill passed by voice vote.

Funding Cut to the Land Water Conservation Fund . With the final passage
vote, the bill will now head to the Senate with a 56 percent reduction to
the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  The House debate did not center on
funding.  LCV will monitor the Senate version of the bill to see if the
LWCF gets its fair share of money.

Grazing Permits . Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) worked to strike a rider to allow
grazing permits on federal lands to be renewed without environmental
review.  During the debate, Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH) and Rep. Inslee worked
out a compromise and Inslee withdrew his amendment.  The environmental
community supported Inslee. s attempts to amend the Interior bill.

Rider to Prevent Clinton. s Roadless Policy . Before the bill came to the
floor for final passage, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) indicated that would offer
an amendment to prevent funds for the Clinton administration. s roadless
policy initiative in national forests.  In the end, Stupak did not
introduce his rider.  The environmental community opposed his idea.

Tree Harvesting . Rep. David Wu (D-OR) offered an amendment to increase
funding for the Forest Service's wildlife and fish habitat management
program by $15 million and offset the increase by reducing the Forest
Service's forest products account.  The environmental community supported
this amendment.  It was defeated 173-249.

LABOR . HHS FUNDING BILL PASSES HOUSE
The FY 2001 Labor-HHS Appropriations bill, H.R. 4577, passed the House last
week on close vote of 217-214.   The bill would appropriate $351.8 billion
for the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education departments and a
related agency, which is a $12.3 billion increase in discretionary spending
and $11.5 billion increase in mandatory spending. The bill includes $18.8
billion for the National Institutes of Health and $1.1 billion for the Low
Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The environmental
community did not object to those funding levels.

===================================
ON THE FLOOR THIS WEEK
===================================

**SENATE**

SUMMARY OF SENATE ACTIVITY THIS WEEK
This week the Senate is scheduled to vote on two funding bills, the Defense
Authorization bill and other legislation previously described in LCV. s
Weekly Congressional Updates.  The Labor-HHS and Foreign Operations
appropriations bills were approved by the Appropriations Committee in May
and could come to the floor for a vote soon.  Funding for environmental
programs in the Labor . HHS bill is solid while the Foreign Operations bill
slashed the administration. s budget for the Global Environmental Facility
to $50 million from $176 million.  An amendment to the Defense
Authorization bill may be offered by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to reinstate
EPA. s ability to fine the Defense Department for violations to
environmental compliance.  Several other issues including the County
Payments bill, S.1608, and the Coastal Barrier Resources Reauthorization
Act, S. 1752, could come to the floor.  If you are interested in these
issues, click http://www.lcv.org/actioncenter/ to see our letters.

**HOUSE**

EPA FUNDING BILL IS EXPECTED THIS WEEK
The bill to fund the Environmental Protection Agency for 2001 is expected
on the floor this week.  The bill includes a number of anti-environment
riders including a rider that would interfere with the EPA. s ability to
combat global warming and blocks the agency from issuing a rule to limit
radon in drinking water.  The bill also cuts funding for a program to make
grants to clean up the Great Lakes and would block the EPA from issuing new
regulations on point source pollution . or the Total Daily Maximum Load
program.

ANTI-ENVIRONMENT RIDERS ON HOUSE AGRICULTURE BILL
The House is also scheduled to vote on the $75 billion appropriations bill
for the Department of Agriculture, HR 4461 (although controversial
provisions relating to Cuba still loom).  About 80 percent of the money in
this bill goes to mandatory programs such as food stamps.  The other 20
percent, or $14.4 billion, is discretionary spending for various programs
including the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which runs the
conservation operations for the USDA.  The bill includes funding cuts for
farm conservation programs, including a cut that would restrict enrollment
in the Wetlands Reserve program in 2001 to 15,000 acres.

The bill also includes a rider that would bar funding for the Kyoto
protocol including any actions to reduce greenhouse gases under the
protocol.  The administration has expressed its strong opposition to this
rider.  In addition the bill contains a provision that will prohibit the
use of Agriculture. s conservation funding, including funds in the
Conservation Reserve program and Wetlands Reserve program, in support of
the administration. s American Heritage Rivers program.  Rep. Sue Kelly
(R-NY) is working on an amendment to support the Heritage Rivers program
and allow Agriculture funding to be used in support of the program.  To see
more about the Heritage Rivers program, see: http://www.epa.gov/rivers/.

===================================
IN COMMITTEE THIS WEEK
===================================

**SENATE**

The Senate Agriculture Committee will mark-up several environmental bills
this week.  Among other bills, the committee will consider legislation, S.
1066, requiring the Department of Agriculture to conduct research on
agricultural practices to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected to mark-up
legislation to restructure the electricity industry.  Electricity
deregulation has significant environmental impacts with regards to
emissions of pollutants (i.e. nitrogen and sulfur oxides, mercury and
carbon dioxide) as well as requirements for use of renewable energy
sources.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to mark-up legislation
providing funding for the Interior Department.  The House approved its
version of the FY 2001 Interior Appropriation's bill on June 16th by a vote
of 204-172.  Land and energy conservation programs in the bill are funded
through the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Energy respectively.

**HOUSE**

RESOURCES TO MARK-UP TWO CONTROVERSIAL ESA BILLS
The House Resources Committee will mark-up two controversial bills this
week both sponsored by Chairman Don Young (R-AK).  One bill, H.R.3160, is a
controversial measure to amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that is
opposed by the environmental community.  The second bill, H.R.1142, would
add a provision to the ESA that would alter the standards for deciding when
a government action is a . taking.. Environmental groups oppose this bill
also.

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to mark-up its FY 2001
Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The legislation provides funding for
water resources projects through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well
as renewable energy research by the Department of Energy.

The House Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee will mark-up its
FY 2001 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill.  The legislation contains
funding for the Global Environmental Facility as well as monies for the
United Nations Population Fund.

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from Global Response June 21, 2000


Dear Members of Global Response's "Quick Response Network:"

This time the emergency action is close to home.  In fact, right at home
--  here
at Global Response.

With less than three months remaining in our budget year, we're $25,000
short.  To pay the costs of our current Snow Leopard Habitat/Siberia
campaign, to continue to issue Emergency alerts by email, and to conduct
another major letter campaign in July, we need to raise $25,000 from our
members by August 31.

Global Response currently has about 2,500 letter-writing members -- but
only 500 have given financial contributions.  Many non-givers receive our
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help of you and your membership, we will show them we are watching closely
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 from Global Response June 21, 2000


Greetings to all Just Earth Network Members:

Amnesty International yesterday issued an urgent action on Salvador Zuniga and
Berta Caceres, two Honduran human rights activists who have been campaigning
against the El Tigre dam project.  The indigenous Lenca people of Honduras fear
they will be displaced from their ancestral lands when the dam project is
completed.  The two believed that they are being harassed and intimidated by the
Honduran police in connection with their work on the dam project.  Amnesty fear
for the activists' safety and believes that they are in danger.  Below is
background information and recommended action on the case  Please take action
immediately.  

UA Office  POBox 1270 Nederland CO 80466  ph 303 258 1170  fax 303 258 7881
e-mail sharriso@aiusa.org  http://www.amnesty-usa.org/urgact/

UA 166/00        Fear for safety                                20 June 2000

HONDURAS  Salvador Zuniga (male)     ] indigenous human rights defenders
          Berta Caceres (female)     ]


Two indigenous human rights defenders have been harassed and intimidated. They
believe the police are implicated, and Amnesty International is concerned that
they are in danger.

Salvador Zuniga and Berta Caceres work with the Consejo Civico de Organizaciones
Populares e Indigenas (COPIN), Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous
Organizations. Honduran human rights defenders believe the couple are being
intimidated because COPIN is campaigning against the El Tigre dam, which will
displace indigenous people and flood their ancestral lands.

On 31 May, an armed man was seen standing outside the couple?s house, in the
town of La Esperanza, Intibuca department. He ran away when their children
raised the alarm. Several cars were stationed outside over the next few days,
apparently watching the house. COPIN members believe that local police are
involved, working on behalf of landowners.

The couple?s house was apparently broken into twice shortly before this
surveillance began. The first time, on 26 May, the housekeeper was beaten. On 30
May, the house was searched but nothing was stolen.

The indigenous Lenca people may be displaced when the El Tigre dam is completed.
The dam will affect the departments of Intibuca and Lempira, near the border
with El Salvador. Indigenous people are also concerned that the dam will leave
their ancestral lands under water.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Honduran human rights defenders face serious danger. On 26 April 2000, Julio
Cesar Pineda, an outspoken critic of human rights violations committed by police
agents was almost killed when he was shot in the head at close range. Several
indigenous leaders have also been killed in the last few years. The authorities
have so far taken few, if any, steps to investigate these crimes, bring those
responsible to justice and ensure human rights defenders are able to carry out
their legitimate activities without fear.

The right to defend human rights has been recognised in international
declarations and resolutions. The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a
declaration intended to ensure that states work to protect human rights
defenders and guarantee them the freedom to carry out their legitimate
activities (Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups
and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights
and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted on 9 December 1998). The Organization of
American States have undertaken to implement this declaration, in a resolution
adopted by their General Assembly in June 1999, and agreed to provide ?Human
Rights Defenders with the necessary guarantees and facilities to continue freely
carrying out their work? as well as to adopt ?the necessary steps to guarantee
their life, liberty, and integrity?.

In April 2000, the UN Human Rights Commission requested that the United Nations
Secretary General appoint a special representative on human rights defenders.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail letters:
- expressing concern for the safety of Salvador Zuniga and Berta Caceres,
members of COPIN who have been intimidated because of their legitimate human
rights activities, and urging that immediate measures be taken to ensure their
safety and freedom to defend human rights;
- calling for a prompt and impartial investigation into the reported
intimidation, including reports implicating local police agents, and asking to
be kept informed of the progress of the investigations and when those
responsible are brought to justice;
- urging the Honduran authorities to adhere to the principles of the United
Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and
Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and
Fundamental Freedoms, adopted on 9 December 1998, and to implement the
Organization of American States Human Rights Defenders Resolution adopted on 7
June 1999 [AG/RES. 1671 (XXIX0/99)].

APPEALS TO:
President:
S. E. Carlos Flores Facusse
Presidente de la Republica de Honduras
Casa Presidencial
6a Avenida, 1a Calle
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Fax:       011 504 235 6949
E-mail:    law_bureau@hotmail.com
Telegrams:      Presidente, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Salutation:     Sr. Presidente/Dear President

Minister of Defense and Public Security:
Elizabeth Chiuz Sierra
Ministra de Defensa Nacional y Seguridad Publica
Ministerio de Defensa Nacional y Seguridad Publica
Palacio de los Ministerios, 2o piso
Tegucigalpa
HONDURAS
Telegrams: Ministra Defensa, Honduras
Fax:       011 504 239 6892
Salutation:     Senora Ministra / Dear Minister



Attorney General :
Dr. Roy Edmundo Medina
Fiscal General de la Republica
Fiscalia General, Edificio Poujol
Contiguo a la Casa de la Enfermera
Boulevard Morazan atras de Banpro
Tegucigalpa
Honduras
Fax:       011 504 239 4750
Telegrams:      Fiscal General, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Salutation:     Sr. Fiscal General/Dear Attorney General

COPIES TO:
The Newspaper:
El Heraldo
Fax:       011 504 221 0778

Ambassador Dr Hugo Noe Pino
Embassy of Honduras
3007 Tilden St. NW Suite 4-M
Washington DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 966 9751

Please send appeals immediately. Check with the Colorado office between 9:00 am
and 6:00 pm, Mountain Time, weekdays only, if sending appeals after August 1,
2000.


from the Nature Conservancy June 21, 2000


NATURE CONSERVANCY Nature News for June, 2000
Welcome to Nature News-our once a month peek
into the state of the planet. Learn what lands,
waters, plants and animals the Conservancy is
working to save and where to find more information.
For general information about The Nature Conservancy
please visit our Web site at, http://www.tnc.org

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CONTENTS
1. The Nature Conservancy Loses a Leader
2. Illinois River System Protected
3. Prairie Dog Towns
4. Take a Walk on the Wild Side
5. Fast Fact-America's Rivers

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1. THE NATURE CONSERVANCY LOSES A LEADER

John Sawhill, The Nature Conservancy's president since
1990, died of complications from diabetes on May 18,
2000. During his tenure, the Conservancy protected
more than 7 million acres in the United States alone,
initiated programs such as the Last Great Places,
and became the world's largest private conservation
organization. The Conservancy will greatly miss his
visionary leadership and rare spirit.  

For more information, visit:  

http://www.tnc.org/news/sawhill_nav.html

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2. ILLINOIS RIVER SYSTEM PROTECTED

The Nature Conservancy recently protected one of the
Midwest's most biologically significant floodplain
areas, when it purchased 7,527 acres at the Emiquon
National Wildlife Refuge along the Illinois River.
The acres are vital for recovery of the Illinois River
system, named one of the world's "Last Great Places"
by the Conservancy.  

To learn move, click on:

http://www.tnc.org/success/index_nav.html

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3. PRAIRIE DOG TOWNS

Sparse, treeless plains in the American west are home
to a surprisingly diverse community. Grazing prairie
dogs crop grass and wildflowers here, and in turn,
this growth attracts other visitors including cattle,
owls, hawks, and rattlesnakes. Once persecuted, prairie
dogs are now a key part of conservation planning in
the West.  

If you want to view an interactive prairie dog town go to:

http://www.tnc.org/magazine/main_nav.html and click on
Prairie Dog Village."

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4. TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Take a walk on the wild side in hardwood forests, SCUBA
dive in tropical waters, kayak along the coast, or help
repair trails, by participating in one of The Nature
Conservancy's many field and work trips. In locations as
diverse as Arizona aspen forests and the Amazon, these
excursions allow you to explore the Last Great Places
our donors are helping us to protect.

Find field trips near you by visiting:

http://www.tnc.org/infield/fieldtrips/index_nav.html

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5. FAST FACT -AMERICA'S RIVERS

American rivers such as Emiquon's Illinois River are
under threat, with only 2% still free-flowing and
underdeveloped.

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E-mail Nature News to interested friends, families, and
associates. To learn more about The Nature Conservancy
please visit, www.tnc.org


from Environment News Service June 21, 2000


ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE (ENS)
http://ens-news.com

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FEDERAL PROBE LAUNCHED INTO HIGH GAS PRICES

WASHINGTON, DC, June 21, 2000 (ENS) - The Federal Trade Commission has
opened a formal investigation into high gasoline prices in the Midwest,
congressional Democrats said Tuesday. The commission will examine whether
oil companies are using new federal requirements for cleaner burning gas as
an excuse to sell fuel at a higher price.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-21-06.html

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BRITISH COLUMBIA FISH FARMS HIT WITH SYMBOLIC EVICTION NOTICE

By Neville Judd

ALERT BAY, British Columbia, Canada, June 20, 2000 (ENS) - A flotilla of
boats led by five native war canoes protested the presence of fish farms in
the Broughton Archipelago this morning by serving a symbolic eviction
notice.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-21-11.html

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EXTINCTION STALKS ASIAN ELEPHANTS

By Tara Chand Malhotra

NEW DELHI, India, June 21, 2000 (ENS) - The Asian elephant is on the run,
with populations of healthy males dwindling rapidly according to Maneka
Gandhi, the Indian minister of social justice and empowerment. She is
warning that India's elephant population is on the brink of extinction.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-21-02.html

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CHINA'S LARGEST CITIES TO CLEANSE AIR, WATER

WASHINGTON, DC, June 21, 2000 (ENS) - The world's largest municipality,
Chongqing, home to over 30 million people, and China's capital city of
Beijing, with 12 million inhabitants, will now be able to improve their air
and water quality with World Bank loans approved Tuesday.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-21-01.html

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EUROPE'S SMOGGY SEASON PROPELS AIR QUALITY TALKS

LONDON, England, June 21, 2000 (ENS) - Widespread smog blanketed England
this past weekend with all seven of the country's monitoring regions
recording high levels of ozone air pollution. It was the country's first
smog of the summer season and prompted the UK's Environment Minister Michael
Meacher to ask for public help to reduce air pollutants.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-21-10.html

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UK ALONE MEASURES UP TO KYOTO EMISSIONS LIMITS

ARLINGTON, Virginia, June 21, 2000 (ENS) - Of five European Union countries,
only the United Kingdom is likely to achieve its Kyoto Protocol emissions
reduction target, said a report released today by The Pew Center on Global
Climate Change.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-21-12.html

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ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE AMERISCAN: JUNE 21, 2000

Natural Selection Evolves Cleaner Engines

Californians Worried About Environment, Question State Funding

Caviar Smuggler Jailed Over Tons of Illegal Delicacy

Agriculture Official Stresses Environmental Health

EPA May Ban Waste Dumping in Buzzards Bay

Old Growth Forest Tracts Hidden in North Carolina

Poor Water Quality Threatens North Carolina Fish

Comments Sought on Proposed Nuclear Repository in Utah

Milwaukee Utility Proposes Voluntary Emissions Reductions

Grand Teton National Park Celebrates 50th Birthday

For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-21-09.html

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from League of Conservation Voters June 22, 2000


E-News, Edition 1

The 1st Edition of E-News from the
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

Email: Ed_Fund@lcv.org Web: http://www.VoteEnvironment.org

In this Newsletter:
1. The Vote Environment Campaign
2. We need your help to . Ask the Candidates. about the issues
3. New information on the www.VoteEnvironment.org web site
4. Look for LCV Ed Fund TV ads in your city
5. Local news from recent LCV Ed Fund press conferences
6. Encourage others to take the pledge

VOTE ENVIRONMENT CAMPAIGN .
Thank you again for taking the Vote Environment pledge and asking to be put
on our e-news list.  This is an exciting period, following the launch of
our new website, www.VoteEnvironment.org. We are happy to offer you news
and updates about the Vote Environment Campaign through this, our 1st ever
edition of e-news.

The key to the Vote Environment Campaign is you! We want every candidate
running for elected office, from county council to state legislature to
Congress to President talking about the environment.  That means that we
all need to be asking the candidates where they stand on the environment.
Tell us what you want us to include in upcoming editions of this newsletter
by emailing Carrie Giddins at ed_fund@lcv.org.


ASK THE CANDIDATES WHERE THEY STAND ON THE ENVIRONMENT .
What issues are important to you?  We want to know!  Please write to us at
ed_fund@lcv.org and tell us what you want the candidates to be discussing
in this election year.

-    Do you see more and more construction in your neighborhood and worry
that there is less and less park and outdoor space?
-    Is your commute getting longer and do you notice more air pollution?
-    Are farm factories polluting your water, or is something else
threatening your clean water supply?

Tell us the issues important in your state. We. ll put environmental
questions on our state resources pages and encourage others to ask these
questions.  Please write to us so we can answer your concerns and make your
concerns about the environment part of the national, state and local
political debate.


NEW INFORMATION POSTED ON THE VOTEENVIRONEMNT.ORG WEB SITE .
- The LCV Ed Fund has posted a new ad on our web site.  Please take a
moment to check out this new ad . . Our Kids. at
www.voteenvironment.org/media_tv.html. The script is also posted for you to
read.
- We have also recently added new regional sections and state resources
pages to our site, which will give you information on what LCV is doing
near you. These sections offer information about the people we have working
throughout the country, links to other organizations working to save our
environment, state polls and questions that you can ask your local
candidates to get them talking about the environment.  Please check back
often to see what is going on in your state.


LCV ED FUND ADS RUNNING NOW IN A CITY NEAR YOU .
The LCV Ed Fund has ads running across the country encouraging Americans to
. Vote Environment. in the 2000 election.  Here is a list of the cities
where our ads are running:
Sacramento, California  - June 6th thru July 11th
Minneapolis, Minnesota . May 24th thru July 1st
Billings, Montana . June 23rd thru July 14th
Seattle, Washington . June 6th thru July 14th
If you are not in one of these cities, you can always check out the ads on
our web site at www.VoteEnvironment.org/media_tv.html


LOCAL NEWS .
Recently the LCV Ed Fund held press conferences in Ohio, Michigan,
Minnesota, Washington and California.  The releases can be found on our web
site at:
http://www.voteenvironment.org/whatsnew.html

We also got some great press coverage of these events.  Check out the
following link for more about the LCV Ed Fund and our work in Ohio:
http://www.statenews.org/news/2000/May/opr-051600-01.html

This link will take you to an article about our work in Washington State:
http://www.seattlep-i.com/national/buy201.shtml


ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO . TAKE THE PLEDGE. .
Since you have already signed on to . Take the Pledge. and stay informed
about what the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund is up to, we
want you to encourage others to do the same.  Please tell someone about
www.VoteEnvironment.org or forward them this email and have them sign up!


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from Evironmental Defense Fund June 22, 2000


You can take action on this alert either by email or preferably on the web at:
http://actionnetwork.org/take-action.tcl?key=419220A8091B961684859C97085.

Here's what this alert is about:

Stop reckless lending by export finance banks
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We need your help urgently, now.  Environmental Defense and
some 350 other citizens' organizations from 46 countries are
calling for wide ranging environmental and social reforms in
government supported Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) . (see
http://www.eca-watch.org or
http://www.environmentaldefense.org ). These ECAs,  such as
the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the German Hermes Guarantee,
the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC),France's
COFACE and Italy's SACE, grant over $50 billion in middle-
and long-term loans and guarantees for big infrastructure
schemes in developing countries. They finance -- with
minimal or no attention to the environment -- huge paper
pulp mills in Indonesia, giant coal fired power plants in
India, and huge destructive dams such as the China Yangste
River Three Gorges project.  

For five years the representatives of the ECAs have been
discussing possible common environmental guidelines and
standards within the OECD-the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development in Paris, with little progress.
The OECD is a negotiating forum for the twenty-six most
industrialized countries. Despite international protests,
THESE NEGOTIATIONS ARE TAKING PLACE IN CLOSED MEETINGS, and
the OECD recently announced it will not even publicly
release its work plan  to develop common environmental
standards for export finance. The secrecy of the OECD
meetings and the systematic lack of transparency of the ECAs
themselves (for the most part they refuse to make public
even the most basic information about the projects they
finance) make the negotiation process a travesty.  

Next Monday, June 26 is the annual meeting of the Trade and
Economics Ministers from the OECD countries, and we are
asking you to send emails and/or faxes to Donald Johnson,
the Secretary General of the OECD, to protest the lack of
progress in negotiating environmental guidelines for the
ECAs and to call for a halt for the secrecy and lack of
openness in which the negotiations are taking place.

Your email letters to the head of the OECD will show them
that citizens are watching their activities,  and help
pressure these secretive international finance agencies to
correct their environmentally irresponsible lending
practices.

Best regards,

Bruce Rich
International Program Director
Washington DC Office
Environmental Defense

PS: Tell your friend and family to join us at:

http://actionnetwork.org/add.tcl?domain=EDF_International


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INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA THE WEB:
If you have access to a web browser, you can take action on this
alert by going to the following URL:

  http://actionnetwork.org/take-action.tcl?key=419220A8091B961684859C97085

INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA EMAIL:
Just choose the "reply to sender" option on your email program, and edit
the letter below as you wish.  If your email program does not have
a "reply to sender" option, you can copy and paste the letter below into
a new email message and mail it to alert-response-419220A8091B961684859C97085@actionnetwork.org.  
You must include the whole letter in your response including "-YOU MAY
EDIT THE LETTER BELOW-" and "-END OF LETTER-".  Please do not
add your name and address to your letter.  Action Network automatically
does this for you.

We STRONGLY encourage you to make edits directly to our sample letter
below, and put the alert talking points into your own words. An
individualized letter is worth ten computer generated letters. Of
course, hundreds of unedited letters will still create a large impact,
so please reply even if you don't have time to personalize the letter.

Your letter will be addressed and sent to:
Mr. Secretary General Donald Johnston


-------YOU MAY EDIT THE LETTER BELOW---------


I am writing to express my concern over the lack of
substantive progress and lack of transparency in the OECD
discussions about common environmental approaches and
guidelines for Export Credit Agencies.

After five years of discussions, the OECD Export Credit
Agency Working Party environmental policy process has
produced very little of substance and has lacked
transparency and meaningful consultation with civil society,
particularly from non-OECD countries, at the policy or
project level. This lack of transparency of the ECA Working
Party, particularly in refussing to make public the Work
Plan to develop common environmental standards for export
finance is most unfortunate, and undermines the
international public credibility of the entire process.
Millions of dollars and years of meetings expended on
detailed study of environmental procedures and guidelines in
other parts of OECD, such as the Environment Directorate and
the Development Assistance Committee, have little effect on
the deliberations of ECA Working Party, which appears to
conduct its discussions in semi-isolation from other parts
of the organization.

The lack of progress, the lack of transparency, and the
inefficient use of internal OECD resources and experience in
the environmental area is wasting valuable taxpayer
resources, and we request you to personally address these
problems as a priority. Please take action now, since the
OECD, and not just its member governments, bears increasing
responsibility for this lack of transparency and lack of
progress.  Please take steps to  ensure that over $50
billion annually in ECA finance for infrastructure in
developing countries does not continue to violate minimal
international environmental and social guidelines.

-------END OF LETTER-------------------------

Sincerely yours,


from Global Response June 22, 2000


Dear Members of Global Response's "Quick Response Network:"

Please send a quick fax or email to prevent destruction of critical
mangrove and wildlife habitat in the Sultanate of Oman (model letter
provided below).  This request comes from a local organization called
Friends of Oman.  It is circulated by the Mangrove Action Project.


***ACTION ALERT!!!***
Unique Mangrove Area Threatened in Oman.     18 June 2000

Greetings from the Sultanate of Oman, a country on the Arabian Peninsula
little known outside the Middle East, but one which needs your help. The
capital of Oman is Muscat, a hot, dry city with very few 'green' areas. One
of the only naturally vegetated parts of the city is known as Qurum Natural
Park, a reserve built to protect a unique mangrove lagoon. The lagoon is
one of the biggest of its kind in the Middle East, and is home to countless
forms of wildlife. It even used to host migratory flamingoes before man's
encroachment put a stop to this. Eventually, this park has become overrun
with roads, shops, carnivals, man-made lakes and even an amusement park,
all of which it has weathered more or less successfully - until now.

The sad truth is that the beach and mangroves of the 'Shaati Al Qurum'
area, as it is known, will be completely destroyed if a planned road is
built right in the middle of the fragile area as planned. The mangroves
will be starved of their vital source of
seawater and all forms of life that depend on them for survival will
perish. The planned road is to be constructed straight through the beach,
dunes and mangrove lagoon of the area. As I write this, initial
construction work is already under way, so we have very little time to stop
this unnecessary project. The road is planned to ease traffic congestion in
the area at peak times, a result that could be achieved through numerous
other actions of a less harmful nature.

Please help us save Qurum's unique habitat by sending letters and emails of
protest to the following ministers, papers and organisations.

Friends of Oman


Please write:
Dr Sadiq Bin Abdul Hussain AL-MASCATI
Director-General of Nature Protectorates
Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Environment
P.O. Box 461, P.C. 112
MUSCAT,  Sultanate of Oman
fax +968 693 858

Ministry of Water Resources                   Governorate of Muscat
fax +968 703152                                     fax +968 798095

Times of Oman
times@omantel.net.om

Oman Observer
editor@omanobserver.com

Oman News Agency
editorenglish@omannews.com
editorarabic@omannews.com

The Oman Maillist
oman-l@oman.org.

Al Watan
alwatan@omantel.net.om

Oman Daily Arabic newspaper
ditor@omandaily.com.

Please also send copies of your letters to the NGO, Friends of Oman
<friendsofoman@hotmail.com>

Sample Letter:

Honorable Dr. Sadiq Bin Abdul Hussain AL-MASCATI

I have heard with great concern about current development plans in your
country to develop a road right through an important mangrove area in
Oman's capitol, Muscat, where Qurum Natural Park  is located. This Park is
a reserve built to protect a unique mangrove lagoon, which is one of the
biggest of its kind in the Middle East, and is home to countless forms of
wildlife.

The beach and mangroves of the 'Shaati Al Qurum' area will be destroyed if
a planned road is built in the middle of the fragile area. The existing
hydrology will be disturbed, and the mangroves will be starved of their
vital source of seawater and all forms of life that depend on them for
survival will suffer or perish. The planned road is to be constructed
straight through the beach, dunes and mangrove lagoon of the area. We have
learned that initial construction work is already underway. Though the road
is planned to ease traffic congestion in the area at peak times, this same
result could be achieved through numerous other actions of a less harmful
nature.

Please help save Qurum's unique mangrove habitat by halting this short
sighted development.

Sincerely,

cc: Ministry of Water Resources  &  Governorate of Muscat

From: "Shati Al Qurum" <friendsofoman@hotmail.com>


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GLOBAL RESPONSE is an international letter-writing network of environmental
activists.  In partnership with indigenous, environmentalist and peace and
justice organizations around the world, GLOBAL RESPONSE develops "Actions"
that describe specific, urgent threats to the environment; each "Action"
asks members to write personal letters to individuals in the corporations,
governments or international organizations that have the power and
responsibility to take corrective action.  GR also issues "Young
Environmentalists' Actions" and "Eco-Club Actions" designed to educate and
motivate elementary and high school students to practice earth stewardship.

P.O. Box 7490 Phone: 303/444-0306
Boulder CO, USA 80306-7490 Fax:   303/449-9794

To receive Global Response "Actions" and "Emergency Actions" by email:
Send a blank message to: globresmembers-subscribe@igc.topica.com

Visit our website at: http://www.globalresponse.org



from Environment News Service June 22, 2000


CONGRESS BLOCKS CLEAN AIR ENFORCEMENT

WASHINGTON, DC, June 22, 2000 (ENS) - As a coalition of environmental groups
released a report listing more than 300 counties across the U.S. that fail
to meet federal clean air standards, the House of Representatives voted
Wednesday to block federal regulators from using such information to impose
new pollution emissions standards.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-22-06.html

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UK SUPERMARKET CHAIN GOBBLES 40 PERCENT WORLD'S ORGANIC VEGGIES

By Neville Judd
LONDON, England, June 22, 2000 (ENS) - One of the largest British
supermarket chains has announced plans to switch to organic food at no extra
cost to consumers.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-22-10.html

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ROADLESS OR FREE: WESTERN CROWD DIVIDED

MISSOULA, Montana, June 22, 2000 (ENS) - To road or not to road in America's
national forests? The U.S. Forest Service's proposal to keep 43 million
acres roadless is being debated now at 300 public hearings across the
country.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-22-01.html

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AFRICA ENTICES TOURISTS WITH NEW TRI-NATION CONSERVATION AREA

DURBAN, South Africa, June 22, 2000 (ENS) - Borders separating conservation
areas of three Southern African nations - Swaziland, Mozambique, and South
Africa - will come down following a  trilateral co-operation agreement to
promote conservation signed today.    The Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation
Area was created in Durban at the World Economic Summit by the ministers
responsible for the environment in the three countries.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-22-02.html

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HAWAI'I BANS SHARK FINNING

HONOLULU, Hawaii, June 22, 2000 (ENS) - Hawai. i Governor Benjamin Cayento
signed a bill today banning shark finning, a wasteful practice that kills
about 60,000 sharks in the Pacific Ocean each year. The bill prohibits the
landing in Hawai. i of any shark fins without the entire shark carcass.
For full text and graphics visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-22-07.html

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ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE AMERISCAN: JUNE 22, 2000

House Blocks Reductions in Arsenic, Radon in Drinking Water

House Committee Approves Controversial Endangered Species Act

Revisions Bill Offers $64 M for Coral Reef Conservation

International Endangered Species Conservation Bills Introduced

Moon Rover Could Build Solar Power Cells

Interior Department to Review Environmental Issues on Guam

Biodiesel Passes Clean Air Act Requirements

Navy Sonar Makes Humpback Whales Change Their Tune

Stream Gage Will Monitor Runoff from Scorched Los Alamos

Toxic Algae May be Killing Florida Alligators

For Full Text and Graphics Visit:
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/jun2000/2000L-06-22-09.html

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIODIESEL IS FIRST ALTERNATIVE FUEL TO COMPLETE CLEAN AIR TESTS:
DEMAND SOARS FOR SOY-BASED FUEL

       WASHINGTON, DC, June 22, -/E-Wire/-- It was announced on Capitol Hill
today that biodiesel - an alternative fuel made from renewable resources,
such as soybean oil - has become the first and only alternative fuel to have
successfully completed the health effects testing requirements of the Clean
Air Act Amendments of 1990.
CONTACT:  Gina DeLuca, 202/737-8400
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TO BUSINESS AND ENERGY EDITORS:

Questar Baseline Announces Sales, Marketing Agreements

      LYONS, Colo., June 22 -/E-Wire/-- Questar Baseline, which makes,
sells, installs and services a complete line of advanced gas-monitoring
instruments, has announced two recent sales and another agreement that will
allow the company to improve the versatility of a gas-quality analyzer known
as R.A.M.S.
     /CONTACT:  Jack Schons of Questar Baseline, 801-324-5841/
(STR)
     /Web site:  http://www.baselineindustries.com/
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TO STATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS:

From Canoes to Tall Ships: Passing the Paddle

      PHILADELPHIA, June 22 -/E-Wire/-- Elizabeth Murphy, chief operating
officer of the Delaware River Port Authority, on Friday (June 23) will be
presented with an autographed canoe paddle, a symbol of the collective
spirit of participants in the Delaware River Sojourn.
     /CONTACT:  Christopher Roberts, 609-883-9500, ext. 205, or Clarke
Rupert, 609-883-9500, ext. 260, both of the Delaware River Basin Commission/
     /Web site:  http://www.state.nj.us/drbc /
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TO ENVIRONMENTAL, TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

Latest EPA Developments
The following are Environmental Protection Agency developments.
For further information, call the contacts listed below.
      CONTACT:  Luke C. Hester, 202-564-7818, or Martha Casey, 202-564-7842,
both of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
     /Web site:  http://www.epa.gov
     /Web site:  http://www.epa.gov/projectxl
     /Web site:  http://www.cec.org
     /Web site:  http://www.epa.gov/oeca
     /Web site:  http://www.bfrl.nist.gov/oae/bees.html/
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TO STATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS:

High Admirals Selected for OpSail Event

      CAMDEN, N.J., June 22 -/E-Wire/-- Jeanne M. Fox, regional
administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region II, and
Robert C. Shinn, Jr., commissioner of the New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protection, have been selected to serve on Friday as Lady High
Admiral and Lord High Admiral of the Delaware River Sojourn.
     /CONTACT:  Christopher Roberts, 609-883-9500, ext. 205, or Clarke
Rupert, 609-883-9500, ext. 260, of the Delaware River Basin Commission/
     /Web site:  http://www.state.nj.us/drbc /
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TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

House Action Reverses Course on Environment, Public Health Progress

      WASHINGTON, June 22 -/E-Wire/-- The House of Representatives approved
significant cuts to core environmental protection and public health programs
late Wednesday and added anti-environmental riders, one of which would
restrict the Clinton-Gore Administration from releasing air pollution
information to American communities.
     /CONTACT:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Media
Relations, 202-564-4355/
     /Web site:  http://www.epa.gov/
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from Union of Concerned Scientists June 23, 2000


**********  UCS ACTION ALERT  **********

June 23, 2000

American Automakers Need to Enter Hybrid Market

ISSUE: General Motors and DiamlerChrysler should make plans
to build and sell hybrid-electric vehicles.

ACTION: Write a letter to General Motors and
DaimlerChrysler urging them to make public plans to enter
the hybrid-electric market.

BACKGROUND: In April, Ford Motor Company announced that it
would join Honda and Toyota in introducing innovative
gasoline electric hybrid vehicles to the U.S. market,
though not until 2003.  Ford says that their compact SUV
hybrid will get 40 miles per gallon and will meet
California's stringent SULEV (super ultra low emitting
vehicle) standard.

Ford's announcement is encouraging because they are the
first of the domestic automakers to make a market
commitment to hybrid technology. Honda and Toyota are both
introducing gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles to the U.S.
market this year. The Honda Insight and Toyota Prius are
exceptionally fuel-efficient and greatly reduce tailpipe
emissions.  With their great potential for market success,
Ford's hybrid announcement comes none too soon.

So where are GM and DaimlerChrysler?

To be sure, both GM and DaimlerChrysler have shown off
their latest hybrid and other advanced technology concept
vehicles at recent auto shows and special press events.
But to date, neither automaker has made a public commitment
to putting such vehicles on the market.  That could be a
problem if they want to remain competitive in this
critically important revolution to clean vehicle
technologies.

With today's Action, you can send top GM and
DaimlerChrysler officials the message that they must act
quickly to avoid falling behind in the clean car race.  We
need all North American automakers to be part of the clean
and efficient hybrid vehicle market.


HOW TO CONTACT:
Mr. Richard Wagoner, CEO
General Motors Headquarters
100 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI  48265


Mr. Juergen Schrempp, CEO
DaimlerChrysler Headquarters, USA
1000 Chrysler Drive
Auburn Hills, MI  48326

QUESTIONS:  If you have questions about this action alert,
please contact Michael Pancook in UCS' California office by
responding to this email or by calling 510-843-1872.

**********

NOTE: If you send a letter, a fax, or an email, please send
us a "blind copy." (A blind copy simply means that you do
not indicate anywhere on your letter that you are sending a
copy to us.)  By regular mail send to 2397 Shattuck Ave,
Suite 203, Berkeley, CA 94704.  By email, send to
mpancook@ucsusa.org.  Fax to 510-843-3785.



from Global Response June 23, 2000


Dear Members of Global Response's "Quick Response Network:"

Good news in the campaign to stop construction of the Maheshwar Dam in India:

Ogden Corporation has agreed to talk with affected communities -- better
late than never!  Here's a press release from International Rivers Network,
following a protest at Ogden's annual shareholders' meeting.

Thanks for all your letters to Odgen Corp on this issue.  You certainly
helped persuade Odgen to meet with protesters at the shareholders' meeting
and to meet with the Indian communities that are determined to protect the
Narmada River and their livelihoods.


PRESS RELEASE

OGDEN COMMIT TO TALKS ON NARMADA DAM AT ANNUAL MEETING PROTEST

New York-based Ogden Corp. has agreed to talk with affected community
representatives before investing in the controversial Maheshwar Dam
on India's Narmada River. In March this year, Ogden Corp. signed a
Memorandum of Intent to take a 49% shareholding in the 400 megawatt
Maheshwar dam, in partnership with the Indian textile company S.
Kumars.

Patrick McCully, Campaigns Director of International Rivers Network,
said "While we welcome Ogden's commitment to talk to local
communities, they should have done this before signing the memorandum
with S.Kumars. If Ogden carries out talks in good faith they will
realise that the project can only be built by violating the rights of
affected people."

The Maheshwar Dam will displace over 35,000 people in 61 villages. No
comprehensive resettlement plan exists and no acceptable replacement
land is available for those who would lose their fertile riverside
fields. Electricity generated by the dam would cost four to five
times more than power currently generated in the state of Madhya
Pradesh. Contractors at the dam site are reportedly using illegal
child and bonded labor.

Intense local opposition to the project has resulted in numerous dam
site occupations, marches, rallies and hunger strikes which despite
mass arrests and beatings at the hands of police have forced long
delays in project construction. Local opponents are part of the
Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA, or the Save the Narmada Movement), which
has for more than a decade been struggling for the rights of
dam-affected people throughout the Narmada Valley.

Ogden's commitment to talks was made at a meeting with a delegation
from a protest held outside their annual shareholders meeting in New
York on June 14. The protest was called by three U.S.-based
organizations, the Narmada Solidarity Coalition of New York, the
Friends of the Narmada, and International Rivers Network.

Protestors held placards saying "Stop Ogden Corp! Save India's
Narmada River!", "Dam Ogden's Cash Flow!" and "Og-Den of Thieves".
They also handed out copies of a letter to Ogden shareholders
compiled by International Rivers Network which supports the NBA's
demand that Ogden should immediately withdraw from the project.

Ogden Corp. Senior Vice-President, Kent Burton, and head of Ogden's
Asia Division, Ashish Sarkar, promised the protest delegation they
would start multilateral talks by August with all "stakeholders" of
the Maheshwar project, including the NBA and members of all affected
communities. The protest delegation included Venu Govindu of the
Friends of the Narmada, Sheila Ghose and Chandana Mathur of the
Narmada Solidarity Coalition of New York, and Smitu Kothari of
Lokayan, an India-based organization.

Mr Burton assured the delegation that human rights and environmental
considerations would not be disregarded by the company, and that they
were committed to pursuing a democratic, transparent process in their
involvement in the project. Mr Burton said that Ogden had already
defined a "kill date" - a date when they would withdraw if their
stated commitments to social and environmental principles are not
satisfied.

A number of international investors have already pulled out of the
Maheshwar project citing social, environmental and economic concerns.
These include San Francisco engineering giant Bechtel, Oregon utility
PacifiCorp, Dutch Bank ABN-Amro, and two German utilities, VEW
Energie and Bayernwerk.

Despite Ogden's statements, the NBA remains skeptical of the
company's intentions. Ogden has failed to reply to three separate
letters from the NBA and an Ogden team recently visited the
dam-affected area along with project developers S.Kumars without
contacting the NBA. The team's visit was interrupted by NBA
supporters in local villages who made them listen to the complaints
of hundreds of affected people and showed them the poor quality land
being offered as a replacement to the fertile lands to be submerged.
The Ogden team did not answer questions about the cost of electricity
from the dam and
the availability of land for rehabilitation.

Critics also point to Ogden Corporation's poor environmental track
record in the U.S. with its solid waste disposal and incinerator
units.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
<www.narmada.org> <www.irn.org>

Venu Madhav Govindu, Friends of the Narmada, New Jersey:
venu@narmada.org tel. +1 609 951 2823 (o) +1 609-799-5907 (h)

Patrick McCully, International Rivers Network, California:
patrick@irn.org tel. +1 510 848 1155 (o) +1 510 528 2930 (h)

Sheila Ghose, Narmada Solidarity Coalition of New York
sg219@is6.nyu.edu tel. +1 212 627-4659


  from Alaskan Rainforest Campaign June 24, 2000



Dear Friends:

A few weeks back we alerted you to an attempt
by Rep. Stupak to derail the National Roadless
Areas Initiative. While Stupak's attempt failed,
Senator Larry Craig now has plans to offer an
amendment during consideration of the Interior
Appropriations to block the implementation of the
roadless policy. The Initiative, which enjoys
overwhelming public support, would protect the areas
within National Forests that are currently
unroaded from future development. While the DRAFT
plan fails to offer any protections for Alaska's
Tongass, a FINAL policy may still do so. Furthermore,
none of the roadless areas nationwide will receive
any level of protection if Craig's amendment is allowed.
Please contact your Senators at 202/224-3121 and urge
them to oppose the Craig anti-roadless area protection amendment.

Thanks-

____________________________________________________________________________
To speak with someone
directly please e-mail info@akrain.org or call 907-222-2552.

Thanks for your support.

Alaska Rainforest Campaign Staff.


from Environment News Service June 23, 2000


ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE (ENS)
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UK CURBS RADIOACTIVE MARINE DUMPING

LONDON, United Kingdom, June 23, 2000 (ENS) - The UK government will cut
radioactive discharges into the sea to virtually nil by 2020, Environment
Minister Michael Meacher has pledged.
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STEEP GAS PRICES DRIVE POLITICAL ENGINES

By Cat Lazaroff
WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2000 (ENS) - High gas prices in the Midwest are
heating up as a major political issue. Congressional Republicans are seizing
the opportunity to press for oil drilling within the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge and other natural areas, while President Bill Clinton is
promoting increased investment in alternative fuels.
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OIL GUSHING FROM SHIPWRECK OFF SOUTH AFRICA

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 23, 2000 (ENS) - A large oil slick is
spreading off the southern tip of Africa from the wreck of a bulk ore
carrier that sank at dawn today about 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) north of
Cape Town.
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GOVERNMENTS COLLABORATE TO CLEAR AWAY ONTARIO SMOG

By Neville Judd
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, June 23, 2000 (ENS) - Sulphur dioxide and
nitrogen oxides, two major precursors of ground level ozone, are to be
declared toxic and subject to tougher legislation said Canada's Environment
Minister David Anderson on Wednesday.
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CONGRESS WEIGHS FEDERAL LAND MANAGEMENT FUNDING

WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2000 (ENS) - Clinton administration funding
proposals for management of American national forests, parks, wildlife and
other federal lands are being limited as fiscal year 2001 budget measures
make their way through Congress.
For full text and graphics visit:
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ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE AMERISCAN: JUNE 23, 2000

Senate Considers Restrictions on Use of Ozone Depleters

Chickens Help Detect West Nile Virus

Radioactive Drug Company Must Review Safety Procedures

Alabama Chemical Weapons Incinerator Gets Green Light

Amazon Rainforest Research Facility Nears Completion

Fuel Cell Powered Bicycle Tests Successfully

New Software Rates Green Building Products

League of Conservation Voters Targets Anti-Environmental Candidates

New York Schools Get Environmental Justice Grants

Goodman Oil Slapped with $736,061 in Fines

Apples: Tasty Cancer Fighters

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HEALING OUR WORLD: WEEKLY COMMENT

Burgers, Pain and Slaughter

By Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.

For years, those of us who follow factory farming issues have known that
animals have been butchered alive in slaughterhouses. Finally, video footage
has been obtained from a worker in a Washington slaughterhouse showing fully
conscious cows being skinned alive and having their legs cut off while
struggling for freedom.  It may be this nation’s greatest shame. Billions of
pounds of meat are consumed every day by people from all walks of life -
educators, environmentalists, business people and children. Yet few think
about the source of the burger or the ground meat in their tacos. Those who
do try to believe that the animals are humanely treated. But they are not.
For full text and graphics visit:
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TO BUSINESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS:

New EPA Testing Confirms Health Benefits of Biodiesel

      WASHINGTON, June 23 -/E-Wire/-- Biodiesel industry leaders revealed
the results of a three-year, $2.2 million EPA study confirming biodiesel's
ability to reduce health risks associated with standard petroleum diesel.
In compliance with Clean Air Act testing, key industry players, including
leading biodiesel supplier World Energy Alternatives, announced the results
before an audience of Congressional leaders, the Department of Energy and
fuel and agricultural industry officials.
     /CONTACT:  Angela Moschetta of The Kunian Group, 617-232-0001,
angela@kuniangroup.com/
     /Web site:  http://www.worldenergy.net/
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TO BUSINESS, AUTO AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS:

New Transmission that Reduces Soot from Diesel Trucks Gets Boost from
Investment in Torvec

      ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 23 -/E-Wire/-- Torvec, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:
TOVC) announced that it allocated $500,000 in new funds towards completing
pre-production prototypes of a transmission that significantly reduces
diesel soot emissions and fuel consumption in heavy-duty trucks.  When
production is completed, Torvec will send a diesel truck with the new
transmission to the Environmental Protection Agency for emissions and fuel
testing.
     /CONTACT:  Jim Gleasman of Torvec, Inc. , 716-248-8549/
     /Web site:  http://www.torvec.com/    (TOVC)
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TO NATIONAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND POLITICAL EDITORS:

EPA Statement on Nox SIP Call

      Yesterday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals made a final ruling
upholding EPA's clean-air plan for the Eastern United States, known as the
Nox SIP call. This decision will allow EPA and the eastern states to move
forward on a fixed schedule to reduce harmful air emissions from the most
polluting power plants and other industrial sources.
      CONTACT:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Communications,
Education, and Media Relations, 202-564-4344.
     /Web site:  http://www.epa.gov/
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TO NATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS:

EPA to Launch Innovative Program to Reward Top Environmental Performance

    On Monday, June 26, senior EPA officials and corporate and state
officials will launch a program which rewards companies which exceed minimum
regulatory requirements and take extra steps to reduce and prevent
pollution.  The benefits to the recipients will include assistance which
could facilitate lowering operational costs and national recognition from
agency endorsement.
    CONTACT:  Luke C. Hester of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
202-564-7818.
    /Web site:  http://www.epa.gov/
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