Ecosystems

North Carolina Sues TVA, Citing Air Pollution as Public Nuisance
January 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press

North Carolina's attorney general sued the Tennessee Valley Authority on Monday, accusing the nation's largest federal utility of causing a public nuisance in his state by failing to reduce pollution from its coal-fired power plants.

EPA Strikes Pollution Deal with Factory-Style Animal Farms
January 31, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration will let thousands of factory-style farms escape severe penalties for fouling the air and water with animal excrement in exchange for data to help curb future pollution.

California Starts Monitoring Air Pollution in Farm Town Plagued by Pesticides, Smog
January 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

With crop dusters buzzing the skies above, spray rigs stalking the fields and the occasional pesticide drift that hospitalizes scores of people, airborne chemicals are a fact of life in the little farm towns of the San Joaquin Valley.

Lawmaker Calls for Official Status for Humuhumunukunukuapuaa
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

Everyone thought the humuhumunukunukuapuaa was Hawaii's state fish. As it turns out, the brightly colored fish with the excessively long name has been dethroned.

U.S. Mogul Pledges $40 Million to Mozambique Park
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Mateus Chale, Reuters

U.S. Internet mogul Greg Carr has committed up to $40 million of his own cash to help rebuild a game park in Mozambique which he hopes to restock with animals from elsewhere in Africa.

Deep-Sea Drill Set for Climate Research
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Joseph Coleman, Associated Press

The CHIKYU is studded with superlatives. Completed last year, the ship houses the world's biggest deep-sea drill, sports a high-tech floating laboratory and boasts a $500 million price tag.

Researcher Finds Pollution Limiting Sunny Days in China
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

China's skies have darkened over the past 50 years, possibly due to haze resulting from a nine-fold increase in fossil fuel emissions, according to researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Hurricanes Shape New Natural Order
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Coral reefs, flocks of sea birds, crab- and shrimp-filled meadows and dune-crowned beaches were wrapped up in -- and altered by -- the force of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Dennis.

Gore Campaigns at Sundance with Global-Warming Documentary
January 27, 2006 12:00 AM - David Germain, Associated Press

Former vice president Al Gore went to Sundance for the premiere of "An Inconvenient Truth," a documentary aimed at educating the masses that global warming is about to toast our ecology and our way of life.

Ethiopian Red Fox Needs More Protection to Survive
January 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

An endangered species of red fox found only in Ethiopia may be wiped out unless it is protected from domestic animals bringing rabies into national parks, a senior wildlife expert said on Thursday.

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