Sweat, Fire Help Bring U.S. Midwest Prairies Back
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Stern, Reuters
Restoring vanished prairies that looked to long-ago observers like an endless inland grass sea covering the Midwest requires backbreaking work to clear brush, collect and spread seeds and, most importantly, set fires.
August and September of 2005 Two Warmest Months in Boston
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN
The National Weather Service in Boston yesterday announced that August and September of 2005 were the warmest of those two months on record there.
South Korean Capital Unveils Stream Restored after Nearly 50 Years
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Bo-Mi Lim, Associated Press
Hundreds of South Koreans gathered in downtown Seoul on Saturday as the city officially reopened a stream that had been hidden under cement paving stones for nearly 50 years.
Hawaii Creates State Marine Refuge in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Bans Fishing
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press
Hawaii has banned fishing around the tiny islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, home to endangered Hawaiian monk seals and sea turtles.
Los Angeles Fire Seen Fully Contained by Monday
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Firefighters have the upper hand on a wildfire on the outskirts of Los Angeles that has burned 24,000 acres and they expect to have it fully contained by Monday evening, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Saturday.
Louisiana Ecological Harm Called Unprecedented
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, Boston Globe
The environmental damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita is unparalleled in its scope and variety, scientists say, with massive oil spills blanketing marshes, sediment smothering vast fishing grounds, and millions of gallons of raw sewage scattered in New Orleans and along the 400-mile Louisiana coast.
Forest Service Says Court Order Stops Capitol Christmas Free, Other Projects
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
From cutting the Capitol Christmas tree to minor forest thinning, the U.S. Forest Service has put hundreds of small projects across the country on hold while it reviews a judge's ruling throwing out limits on the public's right to participate in forest decisions.
Swedes May Be Freeze-Dried for Eternal Rest
September 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Sven Nordenstam, Reuters
"There's three things we can do with your mum. We can bury her, burn her or dump her." A fourth alternative -- freeze-drying -- could soon be added to British comedy group Monty Python's catalogue of burial methods.
California Air Quality Rules Too Taxing, Critics Say
September 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Sarah Ruby, Bakersfield Californian
A set of air quality rules meant to cut pollution from new development is being challenged by local politicians and builders who say they would unfairly tax new homes and businesses.
Ex-Interior Chief Calls For Land-Use Plan
September 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Staci Matlock, Santa Fe New Mexican
A 25-story, privately owned steel tower peering over the Gettysburg Battlefield in 1997 struck then Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt as a glaring example of how private property rights can negatively impact public land.