Ecosystems

Alabama, North Dakota Power Plants Agree to New Pollution Controls
April 27, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Power plant operators in Alabama and North Dakota have agreed to spend more than $300 million to reduce pollution and settle charges of Clean Air Act violations.

Healing Plants Found in Threatened Borneo Forest, WWF Says
April 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Plants thought to help treat or cure cancer, AIDS and malaria have been found in the rainforests of Borneo, a report from the Swiss-based global conservation group WWF said on Thursday.

Ford to Promote Green Investments to Consumers
April 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Poornima Gupta, Reuters

Ford Motor Co. said it will give consumers concerned about harmful greenhouse emissions an opportunity to invest in clean energy projects via a new Web Site that will calculate suggested investments based on the amount of carbon dioxide produced while driving.

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.

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