Ecosystems

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.

Environmentalists Say Stopping Aid to Palestinians Would Harm Whole Region
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Sara Toth, Associated Press

Threats of withdrawing foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority following the Hamas election victory jeopardize environmental projects vital to Israel as well, Palestinian, Israeli and international officials said.

Mexico Signs Agreement to Drastically Cut Fuel Emissions, Improve Air Quality
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Julie Watson, Associated Press

Mexico has launched an ambitious plan to drastically cut fuel emissions and improve air quality, the environment secretary said Tuesday.

Unique Australian Trees Endangered
January 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

The only known wild stand of a tree species dating to Jurassic times has been endangered by a deadly disease probably introduced by an unauthorized hiker, a government official said Monday.

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