California Firms Adapt to New Electronic-Waste Recycling Rules
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Karl Schoenberger, San Jose Mercury News
California's pioneering electronic-waste recycling law was as confusing for the big recycling operators as it was for collectors and consumers when it went into force at the beginning of the year. But after struggling with vague regulations and burdensome red tape during the first six months of operation, recyclers say the system is starting to work.
Chirac Asks French Not to Waste Water During Summer Dry Spell
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
President Jacques Chirac urged the French on Monday not to waste water as the country copes with a spell of sizzling, arid weather that has forced several regions to impose restrictions to conserve water.
Federal Judge to Determine Next Step in Everglades Restoration
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Curt Anderson, Associated Press
From the air, the endless Everglades appear to teem life. Graceful, pure white egrets glide above green native sawgrass. Dark alligator trails meander through the swamps, which sparkle in the bright sunlight.
Thousands Count Endangered Bird in India
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Ramola Talwar Bedam, Associated Press
Carrying binoculars and notebooks, thousands of nature lovers and conservationists scoured semiarid grasslands of western India Sunday to count a bird considered on the brink of extinction.
Court Rejects Effort by States to Force Bush Administration to Regulate Greenhouse Gases
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
States lost a bid Friday to force the Bush administration to regulate heat-trapping industrial gases that have been blamed for global warming. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the Environmental Protection Agency acted properly when it rejected a nonprofit group's petition.
Brazil Considers Moratorium on Amazon Logging
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
The government could ban logging in Brazilian forests for up to a year to slow destruction of the Amazon rainforest, the country's environment minister said Friday. Marina Silva said the government was considering a ban of between six months and a year to preserve the world's largest remaining tropical wilderness.
Hawaii Fights Spread of Small, Noisy Frogs
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press
It's hard to imagine a tiny, 2-inch frog could cause so much harm. Beloved in its native Puerto Rico, the coqui frog has become a menace in Hawaii, where it suddenly appeared in the 1990s.
Chemical Contamination in Arctic Linked to Bird Droppings
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
A major source of chemical contamination in the Arctic turns out to be bird droppings. A study by a group of Canadian researchers found that the chemical pollution in areas frequented by seabirds can be many times higher than in nearby regions.
Scientists Raise Alarm About Ocean Health
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
With a record number of dead seabirds washing up on West Coast beaches from Central California to British Columbia, marine biologists are raising the alarm about rising ocean temperatures and dwindling plankton populations
Caterpillars Invade New Mexico Forests
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Montova Bryan, Associated Press
Some of northern New Mexico's aspen stands have been stripped of their leaves by masses of wriggling caterpillars in search of food and a place to build a home, but forest officials are confident the trees will recover in time to show off their brilliant colors.