Ecosystems

Wal-Mart Switches to Corn-Based Plastic Packaging
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Harold Brubaker, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Wal-Mart is going green. The retail giant, which is also the nation's largest grocery seller, is beginning to switch from petroleum-based to corn-based plastic packaging.

EPA Review Names Intel No. 1 Workplace for Commuters
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Clint Swett, The Sacramento Bee

All it took was a few bagels to turn Mike Finkel into a bicycle commuter. When his employer, Intel Corp., held a bike-to-work day a few years ago, the company promised a bagel breakfast for riders -- which was enough to get Finkel on his bike that morning.

Puget Sound Region Feeling Climate Change
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Puget Sound region is feeling the impact of climate change -- from flooding to warmer waters -- and things could be getting worse, according to a report by University of Washington researchers.

EU Says It Will Not Weaken Drive for Action on Climate Change
October 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Britain insisted Monday that the European Union must work with a wide range of countries to combat climate change, but said a flexible approach to win partners would not weaken the bloc's determination to tackle the problem.

Antarctic Ice Melts as Sea Warms but Cause Unknown
October 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Antarctica is melting, adding to the inexorable rise in global sea levels, endangering millions of lives and whole economies, leading scientists said on Monday. But while the effect is well known after years of monitoring from land and space, the reasons for the sea warming are not.

Australia Signs Agreement To Help Guyana Improve Its National Parks
October 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Australian officials have signed an agreement pledging to help Guyana manage its national parks and botanical gardens, state-run media reported Saturday.

Bill To Prevent Invasive Species Languishes in Congress
October 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press

Legislation aimed at preventing foreign fish, clams and marine creatures from entering the Great Lakes in oceangoing ships is languishing in Congress while the shipping industry pushes a less restrictive bill.

Invasive Plant Found in Alaska
October 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An invasive plant that could overrun wetlands such as Potter Marsh and block salmon runs on the Kenai Peninsula has been found growing wild in Anchorage for the first time.

Contractor Declares Rocky Flats Nuclear Cleanup Complete
October 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Elliott, Associated Press

The contractor hired to clean up the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant declared the $7 billion, 10-year project completed Thursday, a major milestone in the conversion of the site to a wildlife refuge.

New Rules for Power Plants Could Allow More Pollution
October 14, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration proposed new regulations Thursday that could allow the nation's dirtiest power plants to release more air pollutants each year -- and possibly undercut lawsuits aimed at forcing companies to comply with the Clean Air Act.

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