Ecosystems

Firefighters Back Off Ontario Industrial Blaze
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A large fire at a recycling plant in southwestern Ontario Tuesday raised pollution concerns and caused some 400 people to evacuate, while an industrial fire north of Montreal forced about 1,500 residents and workers to leave that area.

Philippines Battles Major Oil Spill, Fishermen Suffer
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Dolly Aglay, Reuters

Rescue workers battled on Wednesday to stop a huge oil spill from further polluting the central Philippine coastline as fishermen, smeared in the foul-smelling sludge, returned to shore with empty nets.

China Draws Line in Sand to End Pollution for Good
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

China will rigorously enforce limits on industrial pollution as it seeks to rein in rampant pollution and tame frenetic economic growth, the nation's top environment official said.

New Orleans Mayor Halts Dumping at Landfill Opened after Katrina
August 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Michelle Roberts, Associated Press

Mayor Ray Nagin on Monday ordered waste haulers to stop depositing debris in a controversial landfill opened after Hurricane Katrina, a move state regulators said could delay the battered city's cleanup by more than a year.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Urges Puerto Rico to Block Hotel Projects on Beach
August 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. urged Puerto Rican legislators on Monday to block the construction of resorts on an undeveloped beach on the island's northeast coast.

Feds to Increase California No-Fishing Zones
August 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Federal authorities have unveiled a proposal to double the size of no-fishing zones around the Channel Islands off Southern California to protect marine life.

Dying Salt Marshes Puzzle Scientists
August 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Ray Henry, Associated Press

Pockmarked muck blots this formerly lush marsh on Cape Cod, and a creek carves off eroded chunks along its edges. Dead plant roots jut from barren mud once covered with wavy mats of marsh hay.

Pigeons Beam Air Quality Info to Blog
August 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Pigeons with backpacks and cell phones will be taking to the sky and sending air quality data to a blog as part of a whimsical project that blends science, art and activism.

Curbs on Mercury Only Dent Global Threat
August 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew Stern, Reuters

Mercury built into older-model U.S. vehicles will be removed before they are melted down for scrap under an agreement announced Friday, putting a small dent in a worsening global environmental threat.

Wisconsin Banned From Killing Gray Wolves
August 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press

A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction barring Wisconsin from killing gray wolves, siding with animal welfare and environmental groups that argue the killing violates the Endangered Species Act.

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