Australia Says ASEAN Nations Keen on New Climate Pact
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Southeast Asian countries have expressed interest in joining a new U.S.-led partnership to cut greenhouse gas emissions by developing technology and economic incentives, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said.
Myanmar Forest Officials Receive U.S. Prize for Environmental and Wildlife Conservation
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A U.S. environmental group has honored two Myanmar forest officials for their outstanding efforts to protect the environment and wildlife, state-run media reported Saturday.
Michigan Court Rules that Public Has Right to Walk along Great Lakes Beaches
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press
People can stroll along Michigan's 3,200 miles of Great Lakes beaches whether lakefront property owners like it or not, the state Supreme Court ruled. The decision overturned an appeals court ruling that the state owns that land -- but that owners of adjacent property have exclusive use of it and can kick others out.
Jellyfish Gone With the Wind in California
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Jablon, Associated Press
They came, they stung, they left. Tens of thousands of purplish-black jellyfish that invaded Orange County beaches for the past week mostly disappeared by Thursday along with a red tide of microscopic plankton on which they may have been feeding.
Growing Call among Californians to Sack Plastic Grocery Bags
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Deb Kollars, The Sacramento Bee
In Los Angeles, in San Francisco, and in Sacramento, one of the most commonplace innovations to come along for consumers -- the plastic grocery bag -- is under attack. What would our world be like without these wisps of handiness? How would we get our groceries home? Or our homegrown tomatoes into the office? Or dog droppings off a stranger's lawn?
As EPA Deadline Looms, Farmers Struggle with Air Monitoring Program
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press
Hog farmer Bill Kessler hopes a voluntary federal program for monitoring livestock emissions will keep his 500-sow operation out of court for a few years. For $200, Kessler has essentially bought four years of amnesty from air-pollution penalties while the federal Environmental Protection Agency determines appropriate air quality standards for farm operations.
U.S. Initiative on Climate Met with Cautious Praise, Skepticism in Asia, Europe
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Vijay Joshi, Associated Press
A U.S.-led plan to develop clean energy technologies met with surprise in Asia and concern among critics that it may be a ploy to undo the Kyoto pact, the binding accord on controlling global warming that Washington refuses to sign.
U.S. Beaches Getting Dirtier, Report Finds
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
More and more U.S. beaches are being closed due to contamination, in part because there is more pollution and in part because of better monitoring, the National Resources Defense Council said Thursday.
Sunoco to Pay $3.6 Million over 2000 Oil Spill
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Sunoco will pay the government about $3.6 million to settle a lawsuit over a massive oil spill that fouled plants and animals at a wildlife refuge, officials announced Wednesday.
Campaign in L.A. Tries to Pry Residents from Cars, One Driver at a Time
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press
Getting drivers to take the train or bus has never been easy in this car-crazed city of endless freeways, where gridlock is so awful that rush-hour speeds average less than 30 mph.