Ecosystems

U.S. to Protect Two Coral Species as Caribbean Warms
May 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

The U.S. government said Thursday it would list two coral species as "threatened" under federal species protection laws after damage to them increased last year as the Caribbean warmed to record levels.

Oil in Alaska Refuge Seen Raising $111 Billion for U.S.
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

Allowing energy companies to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would raise about $111 billion over 30 years in corporate income taxes and royalty fees, based on current prices, a congressional research report said Tuesday.

Ten States Sue Federal Government for Tighter Gas Mileage Requirements
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

Ten states, led by California, sued the federal government Tuesday to try to force the Bush administration to strengthen gas mileage requirements for sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.

EU to Agree on New Battery Recycling Plan, Officials Say
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union was expected to agree Tuesday on new rules for collecting and recycling batteries to limit pollution caused when they are incinerated or buried in leaky landfill sites.

Wyoming Plans Another Ferret Release
May 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Encouraged by the successful reintroduction of black-footed ferrets into central Wyoming's Shirley Basin, state wildlife managers plan to release more ferrets into the same area.

California Frog at Center of Protection Debate
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

The national debate over protecting fragile species comes to life here, where upscale housing developments push ever deeper into the rumpled blanket of grassy hills at the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay area.

Israel to Join Anti-Whaling Coalition Alongside U.S., Australia
April 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Aron Heller, Associated Press

Israel has decided to join the coalition of anti-whaling nations that oppose motions to increase whale hunting quotas, the Foreign Ministry and U.S. Embassy confirmed Thursday.

Report Says U.S. Air Quality Has Improved in Past Decade
April 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

U.S. residents can breathe a bit easier than they did a decade ago, as the number of days that air quality was deemed unhealthy has fallen, according to a report by the American Lung Association Thursday.

Turkish Parliament Passes Law Enabling Stiffer Fines for Polluting Environment
April 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Turkey's parliament on Wednesday passed a law enabling authorities to issue stiffer fines for those who pollute the environment, including the dumping of toxic waste.

Malaysian PM Says Billions Lost to Environmental Degradation, Unchecked Logging
April 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysia's prime minister said environmental degradation and unchecked logging have cost the country billions of ringgit (dollars), adding that rehabilitating natural resources in one of the world's most bio-diverse countries would be difficult.

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