Ecosystems

Florida Approves a Deal to Avert Oil Drilling off the Coast
June 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

After a 15-year legal battle, Gov. Jeb Bush and the Cabinet approved a $12.5 million deal Wednesday to prevent oil drilling in Florida's coastal waters.

Federal Judge Finds Phosphorus Discharges Violate Everglades Cleanup Settlement
June 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Curt Anderson, Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Florida and the U.S. government violated the 1992 Everglades cleanup settlement by allowing excessive discharges of phosphorus into the vast wetlands and failing to meet a stormwater treatment deadline.

Wet Winter Triggered California Landslide, Expert Says
June 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Accumulated rainfall from an unusually wet winter most likely triggered Wednesday's landslide that destroyed 18 luxury hillside homes in Orange County's Laguna Beach, scientists say.

Fighting Sprawl, Virginia Town Seeks to Save Past
June 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Speeding west of Washington, D.C., on busy U.S. Route 29 -- past strip malls, fast-food outlets and row after row of new suburban homes -- it's easy to pass right by this tiny 18th century town.

Helping the Environment Around the Office
June 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

The day-to-day actions of regular working people collectively have an impact on the environment, and here are tips on how to be "greener" in your office.

Hurricane Season Could Renew Global Warming Debate
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Christie, Reuters

If hurricanes again pound the United States this summer, their roar is likely to be accompanied by the din of another storm -- an angry debate among U.S. scientists over the impact of global warming.

Base Closings Leave Behind Large Swaths of Pollution
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press

For decades, the land around the Navy's oldest submarine base was a dumping ground for whatever it needed to dispose of: sulfuric acid, torpedo fuel, waste oil and incinerator ash.

A Highway through theAmazon Promises Riches, but Some Fear Ecological Catastrophe
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Clendenning, Associated Press

Burly truckers share thermoses of sweet coffee, cook rice and beans on camp stoves and lounge in the shade of Amazon jungle palms, waiting for their rigs to be towed through a half-mile stretch of waist-deep mud.

Chesapeake Bay Grasses Recover in North
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Gretchen Parker, Associated Press

The underwater grasses that are crucial to filtering polluted Chesapeake Bay waters are recovering in the upper portion of the estuary, while other vast tracts continue to struggle, scientists reported Thursday.

Study Says Raw Sewage Killing Coral Reefs
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Coral reefs are far more likely to develop disease and die when exposed to bacteria and nutrients in raw sewage than coral in unpolluted areas, according to a study published last month in the Puerto Rico-based Caribbean Journal of Science.

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