Ecosystems

House Committee Signals Support for Ending Offshore Gas Drilling Ban
May 11, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A House panel voiced approval Wednesday for developing natural gas in restricted areas of coastal waters, voting to remove from an Interior Department bill a long-standing moratorium on drilling on most of the country's Outer Continental Shelf.

China Ponders Price of Progress at Spectacular Gorge
May 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Alan Wheatley, Reuters

Environmentalists fear that China's hunger for hydropower to feed its booming economy could spell the end of one of the world's deepest river gorges and scar some of the country's most spectacular scenery.

Four Mid-Atlantic Power Plants Agree to Air Pollution Cuts
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Mirant Corp. will spend more than $130 million on new pollution controls at four power plants in Maryland and Virginia under an agreement reached Monday between the company and state and federal governments.

After Decades of Fear and Hostility, Are We Loving Orcas to Death?
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

Orcas, actually a kind of dolphin found in all the world's oceans, are prime examples of what researchers call "charismatic megafauna," big critters with a passionate human following. But the species' San Juan population has paid a price for some forms of that adoration.

Crews Fight off Invasion of Nonnative Plants in U.S. Virgin Islands
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Crews armed with machetes and chainsaws hack through walls of thorny sweet lime plants in this U.S. Caribbean territory, avoiding turpentine trees and guava berries in a bid to remove invasive plants threatening to wipe out the native species.

Hawaiian Waters Grow Crowded With Whales
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexandre Da Silva, Associated Press

Greg Kaufman says his whale-watching boat was doing everything by the book: cruising below 13 knots and staying 100 yards from any visible humpback as a crew member scanned the ocean atop a lookout.

Wild Banana Species in India Vanishing
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Wild banana species are disappearing in India, the world's biggest producer of the fruit, due to shrinking forests and rapid urbanization, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has said.

U.S. to Protect Two Coral Species as Caribbean Warms
May 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

The U.S. government said Thursday it would list two coral species as "threatened" under federal species protection laws after damage to them increased last year as the Caribbean warmed to record levels.

Oil in Alaska Refuge Seen Raising $111 Billion for U.S.
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

Allowing energy companies to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would raise about $111 billion over 30 years in corporate income taxes and royalty fees, based on current prices, a congressional research report said Tuesday.

Ten States Sue Federal Government for Tighter Gas Mileage Requirements
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

Ten states, led by California, sued the federal government Tuesday to try to force the Bush administration to strengthen gas mileage requirements for sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.

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