U.S. Navy Sinks Old Warship for Reef off Florida
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Navy blasted holes in the retired U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany off Florida's coast Wednesday and sent the warship to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico as the world's largest intentionally created artificial reef.

Hawaii Fights Coqui Frogs, Other Species
May 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hawaii has allocated $4.9 million to fight invasive species including coqui frogs, the amphibian accused of threatening Hawaii's fragile ecosystem and disrupting the sleep of island residents.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Still a Threat, Study Says
May 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Oil spilled 17 years ago by the tanker Exxon Valdez still threatens wildlife around Alaska's Prince William Sound, scientists reported Tuesday, a finding that could add $100 million to cleanup costs for Exxon Mobil Corp.

El Salvador Tropical Coffee Forests Threatened
May 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Between 2001 and 2004, El Salvador lost 21,025 hectares of forest-covered coffee farms, Mario Acosta, president of El Salvador's Foundation for Coffee Research (Procafe), said.

U.S. Shows Interest in Post-2012 Climate Plan, E.U. Says
May 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The United States has shown interest in planning beyond 2012 to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases that are believed to be causing global warming, the European Commission said on Monday.

Glaciers in Africa Expected to Disappear
May 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mountain glaciers in equatorial Africa are on their way to disappearing within two decades, a team of British researchers reports.

Alaska Gets Its First Artificial Reef
May 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Fifty feet down in the cold waters of Smitty's Cove, a concrete paradise is being built for some of Alaska's most unusual creatures. It took less than 24 hours before some of them started checking out the new real estate -- the state's first artificial reef.

What Price Nature? Bogs $6,000, Reefs $10,000
May 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

The figures read like a real estate agent's listings: 2.5 acres of marsh in Canada, $6,000 per year; a tropical forest in Cameroon, $3,500; a Caribbean coral reef, $10,000.

Amid Extinctions, Parrots, Panthers Get Costly Aid
May 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Australia's orange-bellied parrot and the Florida panther are in an exclusive but growing club -- rare species getting costly protection even as the world faces what may be the worst wave of extinctions since the dinosaurs.

House Committee Signals Support for Ending Offshore Gas Drilling Ban
May 11, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A House panel voiced approval Wednesday for developing natural gas in restricted areas of coastal waters, voting to remove from an Interior Department bill a long-standing moratorium on drilling on most of the country's Outer Continental Shelf.

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