Ecosystems

Developers Eye Land along Florida Everglades to Relieve Housing Shortage
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Curt Anderson, Associated Press

To fish hatchery owner Paul Radice, the farmlands sandwiched between bustling Miami and the vast Everglades are ideal for his business.

Mercury-Laden Clouds Threaten Utah
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mercury-laden clouds from gold mine smokestacks near Elko, Nev., are floating east and could pose a health threat and damage the ecology of the Great Salt Lake. The mines account for as much as 11 percent of total Mercury emissions in the United States.

EPA Exceeds Mercury Cleanup Projection
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency estimated in an internal report as much as $2 billion in yearly benefits from cutting mercury pollution just in the Southeast -- 40 times the value the agency projected publicly for the entire nation.

Swedish Government Approves Congestion Tax for Stockholm on Trial Basis
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Swedish government decided Thursday to introduce a congestion tax in the capital, Stockholm, for a six-month trial period starting Jan. 3, 2006.

Standing Room Only at New Australian Cemetery
April 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

It will be standing room only for those being buried at a new Australian cemetery that aims to provide cheap, environmentally friendly burials.

Greenpeace Plans Arctic Trek to Highlight Warming
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two Minnesota men said Tuesday they will attempt the first summertime crossing of the Arctic Ocean, a trek sponsored by the environmental group Greenpeace to show how global warming is melting the northern ice cap.

Taiwan Gets Tough on Trash as Space Runs Out
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard Dobson, Reuters

Sifting through garbage isn't something most people are very keen on but, in Taiwan, dodging the dirty duty could result in a fine of almost US$200. Every night, Chang watches her neighbors haul bags of trash past her laundry store to a street corner, where they wait for the wafting melody of Beethoven's Fuer Elise blared from loudspeakers to herald the arrival of the garbage truck.

U.S. Government Agrees to Consider Federal Protection for Two Rare Plants in U.S. Virgin Islands
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

The U.S. government agreed to rule on whether two plants species found only in the U.S. Virgin Islands should be placed under federal protection, settling a lawsuit Tuesday with an environmental group.

Forest Service Whistleblower Alleges Improper Pesticide Use in Southwest
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Montova Bryan, Associated Press

Forest Service managers created a potential threat to the public through risky spraying of pesticides and weed-killers in the Southwest, a federal official charges in a whistleblower complaint obtained by The Associated Press.

Australian Officials Announce Wild Camel Cull
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Meraiah Foley, Associated Press

Thousands of wild camels in Australia's Outback will be shot and killed from helicopters as part of an attempt to control the animals' burgeoning numbers, a state official and local media said Tuesday.

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