Ecosystems

Connecticut Military Base Closing Threatens Environment
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Ellen Wulfhorst and Adam Tanner, Reuters

The proposed closing of America's oldest submarine base could not only rob the area of a vital economic engine but leave the land too contaminated by toxic waste for quick redevelopment, Connecticut authorities say.

U.S. Resists Strong Summit Language on Global Warming
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration is working in advance of next month's summit of industrial nation leaders to resist naming global warming as an urgent problem that requires aggressive action.

Four Regions of Spain at Risk of Becoming Deserts, Government Report Says
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Four regions of Spain are at risk of turning slowly into deserts, the Environment Ministry said Thursday. The government plans to spend 82.5 million euros (US$100 million) to try and stem the environmental degradation.

EPA Sets New Rules for Cleaner Air in Parks and Wilderness Areas
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Visitors to hazy national parks and wilderness areas once again might see a clear day -- even if not forever -- under new rules that will require power plants, steel mills and other facilities to cut pollution by a million tons a year.

Alleged Clean Air Violations to Cost Oil Refineries Nearly $1 Billion in New Pollution Controls
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Four companies -- Valero, Sunoco, Tesoro and Suncor Energy -- will install nearly $1 billion in new pollution controls at 18 oil refineries in settlements with the government and seven states over alleged violations of clean air laws.

Mazda Finds Ways to Recycle Bumper Materials for New Cars
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Mazda Motor Corp. has developed ways to recycle the materials of dismantled car bumpers for use in those of brand-new vehicles, and has begun testing the methods in March, according to company officials.

Canadian Inuit Leader Accepts Sophie Environment Prize at Oslo Ceremony
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Canadian Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier accepted the 2005 Sophie environment prize Wednesday for drawing attention to the impact of climate change and pollution on the traditional lifestyles of the Arctic's indigenous people and others.

Sanitation Problems Plague Mountaineers in Alaska
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Mountaineers who ascend North America's loftiest peak are often brought down to earth by "virus-laden poo" left behind by previous climbers, a medical report says.

New Laws Make Antarctic Polluters Liable
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Simon Johnson, Reuters

The Antarctic's environment will be protected by new rules forcing polluters to clean up or pay up for any contamination after 45 nations reached agreement in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Loggers, Environmentalists Square Off Over Landmark Australian $6.36 Million Lawsuit
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Meraiah Foley, Associated Press

Taking up a tactic long used by Australian environmentalists, the country's largest timber company has gone to court to try to block prominent environmental campaigners from carrying out what it claims are violent protests and to demand millions of dollars in damages from anti-logging demonstrations.

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