Ecosystems

Turning Waste to Wealth Advancing at Landfills, Farms
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press

Jim Voss hopes his company will make a fortune out of garbage -- specifically the methane gas produced when tons of trash decay in landfills across the nation. That methane -- 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide -- has to go somewhere: federal rules requires large landfills to either burn it or pipe it away to be processed.

Court Dismisses Challenge to Bush Administration on Rules over Logging in National Forests
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Sarche, Associated Press

A federal appeals court dismissed an attempt by environmental groups to restore a Clinton-era ban on logging in roadless areas of national forests, saying their appeal became irrelevant when the Bush administration adopted a replacement rule.

Hurricane Dennis Flips Sunken Ship Upright off Key Largo
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The former USS Spiegel Grove, serving as artificial reef on the bottom in 130 feet of water off Key Largo, flipped upright as the core of the storm passed some 200 miles to the west. The Spiegel Grove is the most popular artificial wreck in the Florida Keys, home at least 166 different fish species, said Lad Akins of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation.

Program Encourages Governors to Help with Sensible Community Design
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Carroll, Associated Press

Governors can help foster sensible and sustainable community planning in their states by pursuing designs that don't unduly burden water supplies or force residents to drive everywhere they want to go, says a coalition pushing for new approaches to development.

Singapore Opens Fourth Recycling Plant to Turn Sewage into Water
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Singapore on Tuesday opened its fourth recycling plant designed to turn sewage into water, as part of the water-scarce island nation's move to self-sufficiency.

Hollywood Could Help Save Madagascan Forests
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Cocks, Reuters

The hit movie "Madagascar" has raised hopes that its namesake island will benefit from higher tourist visits, which could encourage locals to conserve rainforests considered among the world's most pristine and rare.

Richardson: Local Leaders Must Lead Fight on Global Warming
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Thiessen, Associated Press

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson urged mayors from across the nation Monday to take the lead in fighting global warming. "If we wait around for the Congress to ... take steps that are going to be significant, we are not going to address this problem," said Richardson, a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration and is now New Mexico's governor.

Hot, Windy Weather Hampers Firefighters in Colorado and South Dakota
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Tsai, Associated Press

Gusty wind and temperatures heading into the 90s prompted authorities to evacuate about 70 more homes Sunday east of a 2,900-acre wildfire in southern Colorado.

G-8 Takes No Concrete Steps to Stop Global Warming, but Schedules New Round of Talks
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Thomas Wagner, Associated Press

The Group of Eight summit bowed to U.S. pressure on Friday by approving a declaration on climate change that avoided taking any concrete steps to fight global warming, such as setting targets or timetables for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Working to Bring Back the Coaster Brook Trout
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Barely noticeable beneath a wooden foot bridge, the wire antenna stretched across the gurgling Mosquito River is on the lookout for one of the Great Lakes' most mysterious fish: the coaster brook trout.

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