Ecosystems

Michigan Island Steeps in Sewage Dispute
August 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Poornima Gupta, Reuters

The beaches of northern Michigan's Sugar Island are suddenly not so sweet. Residents of the normally pristine retreat are confronting an unexpected crisis: a surge of raw sewage, including human waste, condoms and used syringes.

New Group to Try to Solve Aspen Mystery
August 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A working group has been formed in southeastern Idaho to find out why aspen trees are disappearing. According to Fish and Game, aspen numbers in eastern Idaho have declined 65 percent in the past century.

Senate Approves More Offshore Drilling in Gulf, Sets up Confrontation with House
August 2, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The Senate voted Tuesday to open 8.3 million acres of federal waters in the central Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling, setting up a confrontation with the House which wants even more drilling in waters now off-limits.

U.S. Praises Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei for Conservation Project on Borneo
August 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

ates praised Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei for a new environmental project to conserve 220,000 kilometers (136,710 miles) of equatorial rain forest that straddles their shared border on Borneo.

Major World Cities Team Up to Fight Global Warming
August 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Los Angeles, London, New York, Seoul and 18 other cities joined forces Tuesday in a global warming project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

House Report Calls for Changes to Environmental Law
August 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Congress should change federal law to make it harder to bring lawsuits that can delay new roads, logging or other projects for years, a House task force said Monday.

Florida Purchases Hectares of Wilderness Inhabited by Bears, Panthers
August 1, 2006 12:00 AM - David Royse, Associated Press

A working ranch and tens of thousands of acres (hectares) of wilderness inhabited by bears, panthers and other species were handed over to the state Monday in Florida's biggest-ever purchase of land for environmental preservation.

Britain, California to Work Together on Global Warming
August 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Adrian Croft and Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Britain and California agreed on Monday to work together to reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming. As part of the agreement, Britain and the U.S. state will investigate whether they can cooperate on an emissions trading scheme.

Recycling Single-Use Medical Devices Saves Money, Raises Concerns
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press

Federal regulators say "reprocessing" is safe, but original device manufacturers say they can't guarantee recycled products will work correctly -- and that they are wrongly blamed for malfunctions and patient harm caused by reprocessing.

State of California Receives Part of Long Beach Wetlands
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A nonprofit conservation group has bought 66 acres of the Los Cerritos Wetlands in Long Beach and donated the property to the state, the first success in a decades-long attempt to buy and restore the entire 400-acre marsh and protect it from further development.

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