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Antarctic Ice Melts as Sea Warms but Cause Unknown
October 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters
Antarctica is melting, adding to the inexorable rise in global sea levels, endangering millions of lives and whole economies, leading scientists said on Monday. But while the effect is well known after years of monitoring from land and space, the reasons for the sea warming are not.
Australia Signs Agreement To Help Guyana Improve Its National Parks
October 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Australian officials have signed an agreement pledging to help Guyana manage its national parks and botanical gardens, state-run media reported Saturday.
Bill To Prevent Invasive Species Languishes in Congress
October 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press
Legislation aimed at preventing foreign fish, clams and marine creatures from entering the Great Lakes in oceangoing ships is languishing in Congress while the shipping industry pushes a less restrictive bill.
Invasive Plant Found in Alaska
October 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
An invasive plant that could overrun wetlands such as Potter Marsh and block salmon runs on the Kenai Peninsula has been found growing wild in Anchorage for the first time.
Contractor Declares Rocky Flats Nuclear Cleanup Complete
October 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Elliott, Associated Press
The contractor hired to clean up the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant declared the $7 billion, 10-year project completed Thursday, a major milestone in the conversion of the site to a wildlife refuge.
New Rules for Power Plants Could Allow More Pollution
October 14, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
The Bush administration proposed new regulations Thursday that could allow the nation's dirtiest power plants to release more air pollutants each year -- and possibly undercut lawsuits aimed at forcing companies to comply with the Clean Air Act.
Study Uncovers Source of California Beach Sand
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Pascal Pinck, Reuters
Scientists have cracked one of the enduring geological mysteries of Southern California's famed beaches: where the sand comes from. Researchers had long assumed that coastal rivers washed the bulk of the naturally introduced sand to the beaches south of Los Angeles.
Report Says U.S. Reduces Protection of Waters, Wetlands
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Elsner, Reuters
In the past four years, the United States has drastically cut back on its protection of waterways and wetlands, whose erosion was cited as a factor in the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, according to a report issued Wednesday.
Hawaii Removes 125 Tons of Marine Debris
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Teams led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service collected more than 125 tons of debris in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands last year, up from the 5 tons they gathered in 1996.
Brazilian Governor Declares Amazon River a Disaster Area
October 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Authorities declared part of the Amazon River a disaster area after a drought left the levels of parts of the river too low for navigation, officials said Tuesday.