Ecosystems

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.

Tourists Flock as Warming Alps Crumble
August 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Douwe Miedema, Reuters

Glaciers in the Alps may have lost up to a tenth of their volume in the hot 2003 summer alone, researchers at Zurich university have said, and the ice now only occupies between half and a third of its volume in 1850.

Brazil Police Arrest 46 in Major Crackdown on Illegal Amazon Logging
August 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Police arrested 46 people, including 16 agents of the federal environmental protection agency, for allegedly operating illegal logging operations in the Amazon rainforest and in southern Brazil, the environment ministry said Wednesday.

Bill to Curb Greenhouse Gases Poses Dilemma for Schwarzenegger
August 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Samantha Young, Reuters

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's efforts to position himself as a leader on climate change while maintaining support from business leaders has created an election-year dilemma that threatens to undermine his environmental credentials.

BP Alaska Woes Could Hurt ANWR Drilling, Greens Say
August 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

A leaky pipeline at BP Plc's Prudhoe Bay oilfield gives fodder to environmental groups opposed to drilling in the nearby Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and they say it will be harder for drilling supporters to convince Congress to open the area to energy companies.

More Than 100 Forest Fires Rage in Northwest Spain
August 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Harold Heckle, Associated Press

Emergency services were fighting 110 forest fires on Wednesday in wooded areas of northwest Spain, many started deliberately, officials said. The fires have charred around 10,000 hectares of forest and scrubland

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