Ecosystems

Court Rejects Bush Administration Power Plant Pollution Rule
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

In a big win for environmentalists, a federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Bush administration rule that would have made it easier for coal-burning power plants to make equipment changes without installing controls to fight the pollution that would result.

Coral Reefs Seen Threatened by Tsunami Rebuilding
March 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Coral reefs that survived the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami are coming under threat from rushed rebuilding efforts in the region, two international environmental groups said on Thursday.

Japan to Invite Iraqi Officials to Marshland Conservation Training Rrogram
March 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Visiting Iraqi officials on Wednesday participated in an environmental program designed to boost efforts to restore the country's fabled marshlands, Japan's Foreign Ministry said.

Democrats Want U.S. Budget Bill to Drop Oil Drilling
March 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

Senate Democrats will try to remove language from a pending budget bill that calls for the government to raise billions of dollars in leasing fees from oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Long-Despised Oil Platforms Should Be Kept in Place as Artificial Reefs
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

Marine biologist Milton Love has found that oil platforms off California's central coast are a haven for species of fish whose numbers have been dramatically reduced by overfishing.

Turkmen President Orders Forest Planted in His Desert Nation
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov ordered a forest planted to change his desert nation's climate -- the latest of the autocratic leader's elaborate projects that include an artificial lake and an ice palace.

NASA Says Northern Ozone Pollution Spurs Arctic Warming
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Ozone pollution in the Northern Hemisphere, churned out by factories and vehicles that burn fossil fuels, is a major factor in the dramatic warming of the Arctic zone, NASA climate scientists reported Tuesday.

U.N. Meeting to Try to Slow Species Loss
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A U.N. environmental meeting in Brazil from March 20-31 will review a world goal of slowing a drastic acceleration of the loss of animal and plant species by 2010.

Report Says Alternatives for Treating Hog Waste Remain Too Expensive
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Steve Hartsoe, Associated Press

A five-year study to find more environmentally friendly ways to treat hog waste in the nation's second-largest swine producing state turned up several options, but none that farmers appear ready to pay for.

Tourists in Vigil of Patagonian Glacier
March 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A vast Patagonian glacier that lost an enormous wall of ice in a spectacular collapse in 2004 has begun cracking ominously amid expert warnings Monday another section could soon break free.

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