Ecosystems

EPA Sets New Rules for Cleaner Air in Parks and Wilderness Areas
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Visitors to hazy national parks and wilderness areas once again might see a clear day -- even if not forever -- under new rules that will require power plants, steel mills and other facilities to cut pollution by a million tons a year.

Alleged Clean Air Violations to Cost Oil Refineries Nearly $1 Billion in New Pollution Controls
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Four companies -- Valero, Sunoco, Tesoro and Suncor Energy -- will install nearly $1 billion in new pollution controls at 18 oil refineries in settlements with the government and seven states over alleged violations of clean air laws.

Mazda Finds Ways to Recycle Bumper Materials for New Cars
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Mazda Motor Corp. has developed ways to recycle the materials of dismantled car bumpers for use in those of brand-new vehicles, and has begun testing the methods in March, according to company officials.

Canadian Inuit Leader Accepts Sophie Environment Prize at Oslo Ceremony
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Canadian Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier accepted the 2005 Sophie environment prize Wednesday for drawing attention to the impact of climate change and pollution on the traditional lifestyles of the Arctic's indigenous people and others.

Sanitation Problems Plague Mountaineers in Alaska
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Mountaineers who ascend North America's loftiest peak are often brought down to earth by "virus-laden poo" left behind by previous climbers, a medical report says.

New Laws Make Antarctic Polluters Liable
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Simon Johnson, Reuters

The Antarctic's environment will be protected by new rules forcing polluters to clean up or pay up for any contamination after 45 nations reached agreement in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Loggers, Environmentalists Square Off Over Landmark Australian $6.36 Million Lawsuit
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Meraiah Foley, Associated Press

Taking up a tactic long used by Australian environmentalists, the country's largest timber company has gone to court to try to block prominent environmental campaigners from carrying out what it claims are violent protests and to demand millions of dollars in damages from anti-logging demonstrations.

Feds to Vote on Ocean Trawling Plan
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Federal regulators are preparing to vote on a plan to protect deep water corals and other sensitive fish habitat that will likely include a permanent ban on bottom trawling in large tracts of the Pacific Ocean.

Pricing Paradise By the Gallon
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Tamara Lush, St. Petersburg Times

Alex Caravella, a 73-year-old retiree, stands on his front lawn and ticks off the things he needs to make his grass take on the emerald hue of a golf course. "Money, labor, fertilizer, sunshine and water," he says. "Lots of water."

Rare Cave Crawfish Spurs Environment Study
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The rare cave crawfish, which lives in an area near Elm Springs, Arkansas, has spurred a study of the nearby environment in the hope of preventing development-related changes to the ecosystem that enables the blind crustacean to survive.

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