Ecosystems

Wyoming Hopes to Create a Conservation Corps of Its Own, Although Idea Sparking Controversy
April 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Jennifer Byrd, Associated Press

The open space and snow-capped mountains of scenic Wyoming attract plenty of young volunteers to work outdoors in conservation programs. The problem is, most of them aren't coming from Wyoming.

Federal Judge Strikes Down U.S. Forest Service Rules on Public Comment
April 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Susan Gallagher, Associated Press

A federal judge struck down regulations that limited the public's ability to challenge U.S. Forest Service decisions on timber sales and other projects.

Canada Backs Breakaway Six-Nation Climate Group
April 26, 2006 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

Canada's new Conservative government, which is openly skeptical about the Kyoto climate change protocol, said Tuesday it backs a breakaway group of six nations that favor a voluntary approach to cutting emissions of greenhouse gases.

Make Room for the River: Restoring the Danube Delta
April 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Andreas Beckmann, WWF International

Swollen by heavy rain and melting snow, the Danube River — Europe’s second longest river behind the Volga — hit its highest level in Romania in 111 years in April, swamping ports and thousands of hectares of farmland.

Colorado Lawmakers Approve Unprecedented Water Charter
April 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press

Hoping to end Colorado's in-state battles over scarce water, a House committee has approved an unprecedented charter for compacts between users in different river basins meant to bring together groups ranging from fishermen to farmers.

U.S. Audit Cites Agency Fights, Indecision for Everglades Delay
April 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A project to restore water flows for marshes and prairies in Everglades National Park has mushroomed in cost and suffered delays because of government indecision and inability to communicate, a new federal audit has concluded.

Shrinking Alpine Glacier Points to Snowless Future for Swiss Mountain Resorts
April 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Sam Cage, Associated Press

A 2005 study by the European Union's environment agency said Alpine glaciers lost about 10 percent of their ice during the summer of 2003, and predicted three-quarters of Switzerland's glaciers would disappear by 2050 if current trends continued unchanged.

Energy Bill Aimed at Smarter Energy Consumption
April 25, 2006 12:00 AM - James and Morris Carey, Associated Press

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was established in part to help the U.S. better manage its energy consumption and incorporates incentives for American consumers to embrace new energy-conscious technologies and products.

U.S. Taps Private Sector to Fix Greenhouse Pollution
April 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Delegates from six of the world's biggest greenhouse gas polluters -- including the United States -- gathered last week for the first time to figure out how private industry can help curb global warming.

Scientists Say Rising Temperatures Threaten Repeat of Caribbean Coral Death
April 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Warming sea temperatures have scientists worried that the Caribbean could see a repeat this year of the widespread coral death that swept the region in 2005.

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