Ecosystems

Scientists Find Antarctic Has Strong Ecosystem
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

An expansive ecosystem of knee-high mud volcanoes, snowy microbial mats and flourishing clam communities lies beneath the collapsed Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica, say researchersThe discovery made in February in a deep glacial trough in the northwestern Weddell Sea was detailed this week in Eos, the weekly newspaper of the American Geophysical Union.

Canada Planes to Monitor Arctic for Ship Pollution
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canadian spotter planes will for the first time start monitoring Arctic waters for illegal discharges of waste by ships which could damage the region's delicate environment, officials said Tuesday.

Clinton Warns of Global Warming Dangers
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Former President Clinton sounded a warning Tuesday against the dangers of climate change as he met with young South Africans, and had lunch with anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Wal-Mart Experiments with Environmentally Friendly Store in Texas
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Quinn, Associated Press

Wal-Mart is experimenting with its first environmentally friendly store as it searches for ways to conserve resources and save money. The world's largest retailer was scheduled to open a 206,000-square-foot building Wednesday that will include features such as a 120-foot tall wind turbine that will produce about 5 percent of the store's energy and a rainwater harvesting pond designed to provide 95 percent of the water needed for irrigation.

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.

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