Ecosystems

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.

Study Uncovers Source of California Beach Sand
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Pascal Pinck, Reuters

Scientists have cracked one of the enduring geological mysteries of Southern California's famed beaches: where the sand comes from. Researchers had long assumed that coastal rivers washed the bulk of the naturally introduced sand to the beaches south of Los Angeles.

Report Says U.S. Reduces Protection of Waters, Wetlands
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Elsner, Reuters

In the past four years, the United States has drastically cut back on its protection of waterways and wetlands, whose erosion was cited as a factor in the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, according to a report issued Wednesday.

Hawaii Removes 125 Tons of Marine Debris
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Teams led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service collected more than 125 tons of debris in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands last year, up from the 5 tons they gathered in 1996.

Brazilian Governor Declares Amazon River a Disaster Area
October 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Authorities declared part of the Amazon River a disaster area after a drought left the levels of parts of the river too low for navigation, officials said Tuesday.

U.S. High Court To Decide Wetlands-Regulation Cases
October 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would would decide the reach of the federal government's power to regulate wetlands, an issue pitting environmentalists against property-rights advocates.

Expert Reports Longleaf Pine Disappearing in South Carolina
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The longleaf pine, which once covered tens of millions of acres across the Southeast, is in danger of disappearing in parts of South Carolina, says a forest conservationist with the Clemson Extension Service.

Amazon Rainforest Suffers Worst Drought in Decades
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Terry Wade, Reuters

The worst drought in more than 40 years is damaging the world's biggest rainforest, plaguing the Amazon basin with wildfires, sickening river dwellers with tainted drinking water, and killing fish by the millions as streams dry up.

Alaska Threatens To Yank North Slope Leases from Oil Companies
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Volz, Associated Press

Alaska's oil and gas chief is threatening to revoke leases held by Exxon Mobil Corp. and other producers for not drilling the rich fields near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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