Ecosystems

Michigan Court Rules that Public Has Right to Walk along Great Lakes Beaches
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

People can stroll along Michigan's 3,200 miles of Great Lakes beaches whether lakefront property owners like it or not, the state Supreme Court ruled. The decision overturned an appeals court ruling that the state owns that land -- but that owners of adjacent property have exclusive use of it and can kick others out.

Jellyfish Gone With the Wind in California
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Jablon, Associated Press

They came, they stung, they left. Tens of thousands of purplish-black jellyfish that invaded Orange County beaches for the past week mostly disappeared by Thursday along with a red tide of microscopic plankton on which they may have been feeding.

Growing Call among Californians to Sack Plastic Grocery Bags
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Deb Kollars, The Sacramento Bee

In Los Angeles, in San Francisco, and in Sacramento, one of the most commonplace innovations to come along for consumers -- the plastic grocery bag -- is under attack. What would our world be like without these wisps of handiness? How would we get our groceries home? Or our homegrown tomatoes into the office? Or dog droppings off a stranger's lawn?

As EPA Deadline Looms, Farmers Struggle with Air Monitoring Program
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press

Hog farmer Bill Kessler hopes a voluntary federal program for monitoring livestock emissions will keep his 500-sow operation out of court for a few years. For $200, Kessler has essentially bought four years of amnesty from air-pollution penalties while the federal Environmental Protection Agency determines appropriate air quality standards for farm operations.

U.S. Initiative on Climate Met with Cautious Praise, Skepticism in Asia, Europe
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Vijay Joshi, Associated Press

A U.S.-led plan to develop clean energy technologies met with surprise in Asia and concern among critics that it may be a ploy to undo the Kyoto pact, the binding accord on controlling global warming that Washington refuses to sign.

U.S. Beaches Getting Dirtier, Report Finds
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

More and more U.S. beaches are being closed due to contamination, in part because there is more pollution and in part because of better monitoring, the National Resources Defense Council said Thursday.

Sunoco to Pay $3.6 Million over 2000 Oil Spill
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sunoco will pay the government about $3.6 million to settle a lawsuit over a massive oil spill that fouled plants and animals at a wildlife refuge, officials announced Wednesday.

Campaign in L.A. Tries to Pry Residents from Cars, One Driver at a Time
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

Getting drivers to take the train or bus has never been easy in this car-crazed city of endless freeways, where gridlock is so awful that rush-hour speeds average less than 30 mph.

Researcher Puts Cows in a Bubble to Measure Emissions
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press

How much gas does a cow pass? It's a serious question for California's dairy farmers, because the answer could cost them big money to comply with new state air quality regulations coming down the pike.

Conservationists Seek to Protect Apes
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Austrian branch of an international conservation group on Wednesday said it was launching a campaign to educate Austrian tourists about how bringing home souvenirs made from parts of dead apes, such as scalps, could contribute to the extinction of some species.

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