Ecosystems

Controversy Over Padre Island Beach Access
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

A 9 1/2-mile-wide bay separates rural Willacy County from what surely must be paradise: Padre Island's isolated beaches, a nature retreat for bird watchers and what's considered some of the best sport-fishing in the country.

Huge U.N. Environment Summit Kicks off with Chemicals Treaty
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Krane, Associated Press

A U.N.-sponsored conference opening in Dubai on Monday is expected to lure the largest-ever gathering of national environment ministers -- around 130 of them -- to discuss matters ranging from sustainable energy to eco-tourism.

Study Urges Action on Threatened Africa Predators
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A new study of Africa's most endangered carnivores has called for urgent action to save beasts such as the lion, cheetah and Ethiopian wolf from major threats to survival such as hunting and conflict with humans.

Tanker Runs Aground in Alaska, Spills Oil Products
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

An oil tanker carrying nearly 5 million gallons of oil and gasoline was struck by an ice floe while loading at an Alaska refinery and ran aground Thursday, causing a small spill.

China Pledges to Do More to Protect Dwindling Wetlands
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China will boost investment in wetlands protection and put more wetland areas under state protection in an effort to save them from destruction, state media said Thursday.

U.S. Senators Plan Climate Change Bill this Spring
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

The Republican chairman and the top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee will introduce legislation this spring aimed at fighting global warming, but their staff see little chance of Congress passing the climate change bill this year.

Commission Leaders Say Government Must Act Fast to Save Oceans
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Leaders of two expert commissions that examined the nation's ocean policies give the Congress, Bush administration and governors a near-failing grade for not moving quickly enough to address their recommendations.

Bush Plan to Help Climate, but No Green Conversion
February 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

President George W. Bush's call to break a U.S. addiction to oil is a step to curb global warming but does not herald conversion to a U.N.-led plan to slow climate change, experts said on Wednesday.

EPA Sets Perchlorate Cleanup Level
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Matt King, The Dispatch

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a federal cleanup level for perchlorate that is more than four times higher than California's public health goal for the contaminant.

Review Panel: Teflon Chemical a Likely Carcinogen
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Randall Chase, Associated Press

A chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products should be considered a "likely" carcinogen, according to an independent scientific review panel advising the EPA.

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