Ecosystems

New Trawling Ban Protects Deep-Sea Alaska Corals
July 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Newly discovered gardens of colorful corals, which bloom about 1,000 feet (305 meters) underwater off Alaska's Aleutian Islands and in the Gulf of Alaska, will get special protection starting Friday.

Report Faults EPA on Clean Air Regulation
July 27, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency has not met 30 percent of the Clean Air Act's requirements and regularly misses deadlines, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

Toronto Buildings Going Green on Top, But Very Slowly
July 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Stefanie Kranjec, Reuters

A handful of buildings in Canada's biggest city are going green on top in an effort to help the environment and reduce global warming, but the city admits its plan for high-rise gardens has barely taken root.

Parts of U.S. West Bar Tree-Cutting on Private Land
July 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

In a state where pine and fir outnumber residents, the loss of several privately owned spruces should hardly excite attention, let alone spark a crusade emblematic of a new trend to protect trees on private land.

Senate Bill Would Open Millions of Acres in Gulf of Mexico to Oil, Gas Drilling
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The Senate is taking up an election-year bill that would open a large area of the central Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling. The bill would affect an 8.3 million-acre area believed to contain large amounts of natural gas and 1.3 billion barrels of oil.

U.S. House May Link Higher Gas Mileage, Oil Drilling
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

The House could accept a Senate proposal to boost vehicle mileage requirements as part of legislation to open more offshore areas to oil and natural gas drilling, a key House lawmaker said Tuesday.

House Approves Wilderness Bills
July 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The House approved a series of bills Monday to protect national forest land in the West, including the designation of new wilderness areas in three Western states.

Last Bald Eagle Released in Vermont Program
July 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Wilson Ring, Associated Press

The last bald eagle that was part of a program to bring the national symbol back to Vermont was set free Monday when the doors of the box where it had lived for the last two months were opened by biologists.

Study Bolsters Protecting Jumping Mouse
July 24, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A tiny mouse vying for survival in the Rocky Mountains may have gained an upper hand over Western developers.

Warmer Waters Disrupt Pacific Food Chain
July 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press

The steep decline of one bird species for the second straight year has rekindled scientists' fears that global warming could be undermining the coastal food supply, threatening not just the Farallones but entire marine ecosystems.

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