Ecosystems

Appalachian Town Looks to Mountaintop Mining for Flat Land
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Roger Alford, Associated Press

In mountaintop-removal coal mining, hilltops are blasted away to uncover coal seams, and the leftover rock and dirt are dumped into adjacent valleys, burying streams.

Scientists Say Coral Reefs Spared in Tsunami
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

After hundreds of dives in the waters off Phuket, a team of scientists concluded that it was the intervention of humans, and not the havoc wreaked by the tsunami, that posed the greatest threat to the reefs.

Environmental Groups Seen as Balancing Dual Loyalties
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Rita Beamish, Associated Press

Environmental groups that frequently spar with the Bush administration over protecting the air, water and human health also have collected millions of dollars in U.S. government grants.

Company that Makes Natural Paint Starts Seeing Green
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Emily Van Cleve, Albuquerque Journal

Ten years ago, Rudolf Reitz found it extremely difficult to interest customers in buying his company's nontoxic paints. Getting a new customer, he said, was like finding a needle in a haystack.

Fires Race across Windy Oklahoma, Texas
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Firefighters in Texas and Oklahoma battled wind-fueled wildfires Tuesday that burned homes and cars and forced one small town to evacuate residents.

Sub-Saharan Africa Phases Out Leaded Fuel, U.N. Environment Agency Says
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

All 49 Sub-Saharan Africa countries will have phased out leaded fuel from their pumps and refineries by the end of the year a U.N. environment agency said Tuesday.

Good Weather Lowers Western Avalanche Risk
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Sarche, Associated Press

Following a deadly avalanche season marked by two deaths within ski areas, forecasters around the West say favorable weather has kept the risk of slides relatively low so far this winter.

China Losing Ground to Severe Erosion
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than a third of China's land is affected by soil erosion, state media said on Tuesday, underlining a threat to the country's ability to provide enough food and water for its 1.3 billion people.

BLM To Zap Pest Plants
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Baird, Salt Lake Tribune

The Bureau of Land Management is getting aggressive in a bid to deal with the growing problem of invasive plant species in the West.

Study Finds Climate Change May Melt Permafrost
December 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Climate change could melt the top 11 feet of Alaska permafrost by the end of the century, according to a new study.

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