Ecosystems

Boat Speed Limit Proposed to Save Whales
June 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Brandie M. Jefferson, Associated Press

A federal agency wants to set a speed limit for boats along stretches of the East Coast to help protect endangered whales from deadly collisions.

Possibly Intoxicated Pelican Runs into Windshield
June 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A California brown pelican flew through the windshield of a car on the Pacific Coast Highway on Thursday, and wildlife officials said the bird was probably intoxicated by a chemical in the water.

Tighter Antarctic Protection Measures on Hold
June 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Ian MacKenzie, Reuters

Antarctic Treaty countries failed on Friday to agree on tighter environmental measures to protect the continent amid a boom in tourism.

Malagasy Corals Defy Bleaching, Need Protection
June 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A marine expedition into previously unexplored Indian Ocean waters has found that corals off Madagascar have resisted so-called "bleaching" associated with global warming, possibly because of steep drop-offs nearby.

From World Cup to World Bank, Climate Actions Rise
June 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

The World Cup, a movie by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the World Bank are all doing their bit to fight global warming by using the burgeoning but barely regulated business of "carbon neutrality."

Stockholm Congestion Charges Reduce Traffic by up to 25 Percent
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A six-month trial of congestion fees in the Swedish capital has reduced traffic coming in and out of central Stockholm by 20-25 percent on an average weekday, according to an initial study released Wednesday.

Brazil Creates Three New Protected Areas in Amazon Rainforest
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva decreed three new protected areas in the Amazon basin Wednesday, placing 1.84 million hectares (4.55 million acres) of rainforest off-limits for development.

Offshore Drilling Bill Advances in House
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Legislation that would end a quarter-century ban on drilling in most of the Outer Continental Shelf advanced in the House on Wednesday. The measure would allow oil and gas development in restricted offshore waters unless a state prohibited it.

Hydraulic Hybrid Trucks Promise Fuel Savings, Cleaner Air
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - David Hammer, Associated Press

The U.S. government released a model delivery truck, replete with a new hybrid hydraulic system built for the Environmental Protection Agency that will be tested on the streets of Detroit in August.

Bush Administration Agrees to Protect Roadless Forests in Three States from Logging
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The Bush administration Wednesday approved requests from three Eastern governors to bar commercial logging in remote sections of national forests in their states.

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