Ecosystems

Hurricane Dennis Flips Sunken Ship Upright off Key Largo
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The former USS Spiegel Grove, serving as artificial reef on the bottom in 130 feet of water off Key Largo, flipped upright as the core of the storm passed some 200 miles to the west. The Spiegel Grove is the most popular artificial wreck in the Florida Keys, home at least 166 different fish species, said Lad Akins of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation.

Program Encourages Governors to Help with Sensible Community Design
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Carroll, Associated Press

Governors can help foster sensible and sustainable community planning in their states by pursuing designs that don't unduly burden water supplies or force residents to drive everywhere they want to go, says a coalition pushing for new approaches to development.

Singapore Opens Fourth Recycling Plant to Turn Sewage into Water
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Singapore on Tuesday opened its fourth recycling plant designed to turn sewage into water, as part of the water-scarce island nation's move to self-sufficiency.

Hollywood Could Help Save Madagascan Forests
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Cocks, Reuters

The hit movie "Madagascar" has raised hopes that its namesake island will benefit from higher tourist visits, which could encourage locals to conserve rainforests considered among the world's most pristine and rare.

Richardson: Local Leaders Must Lead Fight on Global Warming
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Thiessen, Associated Press

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson urged mayors from across the nation Monday to take the lead in fighting global warming. "If we wait around for the Congress to ... take steps that are going to be significant, we are not going to address this problem," said Richardson, a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration and is now New Mexico's governor.

Hot, Windy Weather Hampers Firefighters in Colorado and South Dakota
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Tsai, Associated Press

Gusty wind and temperatures heading into the 90s prompted authorities to evacuate about 70 more homes Sunday east of a 2,900-acre wildfire in southern Colorado.

G-8 Takes No Concrete Steps to Stop Global Warming, but Schedules New Round of Talks
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Thomas Wagner, Associated Press

The Group of Eight summit bowed to U.S. pressure on Friday by approving a declaration on climate change that avoided taking any concrete steps to fight global warming, such as setting targets or timetables for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Working to Bring Back the Coaster Brook Trout
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Barely noticeable beneath a wooden foot bridge, the wire antenna stretched across the gurgling Mosquito River is on the lookout for one of the Great Lakes' most mysterious fish: the coaster brook trout.

Edmund Hillary Joins Call to Protect Mount Everest from Climate Change
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Alexandra Zavis, Associated Press

Edmund Hillary, the first climber to conquer Mount Everest with his Sherpa guide, on Monday urged that the world's highest mountain be placed on the United Nations' list of endangered heritage sites because of the risks of climate change.

North Atlantic Ocean Temps Hit Record High
July 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Dene More, Associated Press

Ocean temperatures in the North Atlantic hit an all-time high last year, raising concerns about the effects of global warming on one of the most sensitive and productive ecosystems in the world.

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