Ecosystems

Supreme Court to Decide Far-Reaching Wetland Cases
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two wetlands cases, the resolution of which could affect millions of acres of swamps, marshes and bogs across the U.S.

Intensified Development Raises Catastrophic Flood Risk around U.S., Experts Say
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew Bridges, Associated Press

Concentrated development in flood-prone parts of Missouri, California and other states has raised the risk of New Orleans-style flooding as people snap up new homes even in areas recently deluged, researchers say.

Ontario Government Criticizes U.S. Plans to Ease Air Pollution Rules
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Beth Duff-Brown, Associated Press

The Ontario government filed a complaint with the U.S. EPA, criticizing proposals they believe will lead to more pollution on the Canadian side of the border from coal-burning power plants in the U.S. Midwest.

Colombian Air Force Bombs Rebels in Nature Reserve
February 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Hugh Bronstein, Reuters

Colombian aircraft bombed leftist rebels in one of the country's biggest nature reserves after attacks on police guarding workers ripping out plants used to make cocaine, the air force said Thursday.

Groups Sue Feds Over Colorado River Fish
February 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press

Five environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the federal government Thursday, saying it has failed to protect endangered fish in the Colorado River.

EPA Launches Effort to Reduce Emissions
February 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Matt Sedensky, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency launched an effort Thursday to reduce emissions in a string of central states, in part through voluntary corporate changes.

Greenland Glaciers Disappearing More Quickly, Study Says
February 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Greenland's glaciers are dumping more than twice as much ice into the Atlantic Ocean now as 10 years ago because glaciers are sliding off the land more quickly, researchers said Thursday.

Chile Authorizes Gold Mining Project but Bans Relocation of Glaciers
February 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Eduardo Gallardo, Associated Press

Ambitious plans for an open-pit mine high in the Andes mountains were unanimously approved Wednesday, but the Chilean environmental agency rejected its most controversial aspect -- relocating three glaciers to reach the gold underneath.

China Announces Major Plan to Combat Pollution, Revive Battered Environment
February 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

China announced a plan Wednesday to combat widespread pollution and leave a better environment for future generations, citing the need to stave off possible social instability.

Kyoto 2012 Greenhouse Gas Goals Still in Reach, UN Says
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Industrialised nations can reach 2012 United Nations goals for reining in gases blamed for global warming but many will have to take tougher measures, the U.N. climate change bureau said on Tuesday.

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