Ecosystems

Coastal Zone Growth Places Millions in Hazard Areas
March 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

More than half of all Americans live on or near the nation's coastal areas, and the number is growing, posing a challenge for emergency management officials in the event of hurricanes, tsunamis and other natural disasters, federal officials said Tuesday.

Army Publication: Israeli Military Causes Severe Environmental Damage
March 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Lavie, Associated Press

Bombs and shells from a seabed disposal site wash up on the Israeli shore, and precious fresh water is fouled with diesel fuel -- just two examples of severe environmental damage by Israel's military, according to one of the army's own publications.

Senate Republicans Ready to Push Arctic Refuge Drilling Measure
March 2, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A Senate showdown over an Alaska wildlife refuge is expected within weeks as Republicans plan to use a budget measure to overcome strong opposition to allowing oil drilling in the protected area.

Thais Fight to Save Rare Fossil Bed from Miners
March 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Thai conservationists urged the government on Wednesday to stop a state firm digging up what they called the world's only bed of fresh water snail fossils.

Winds Trapping Pollutants, Solar Storms, Blamed for Arctic Ozone Loss
March 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Ozone levels over the Earth's far north dipped sharply early last year when polar winds trapped nitrogen pollutants, researchers reported Tuesday.

U.S. Research Ship Pays US$2 Million Fine for Reef Damage
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mexico announced Monday that a U.S. research ship has paid a fine of 2,221,720 pesos (US$20 million, euro15 million) for having run aground on a coral reef and damaged it.

North Carolina Oyster-Growing Project to be Permitted
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Patricia Smith, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C.

People who signed up a year ago for a pilot study to grow oysters in cages under their docks have yet to get the go-ahead from state fisheries officials.

Tiny Trees Spur New Growth in Industry
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Diane Dietz, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.

A question is humming around the edges of the Oregon Logging Conference this week, like the distant sound of a chain saw bucking firewood.

Canada Close to Emissions Deal with Car Makers
February 28, 2005 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

Canada said Friday it was close to signing a voluntary pact with major automobile makers to cut emissions and made it clear it was rejecting calls to impose binding limits.

Scientists Study Drop in Blue King Crab Populations
February 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Deanna Cooper, Anchorage Daily News

A groundbreaking experiment to learn more about blue king crab larvae has produced surprising results for research fishery biologist Brad Stevens and his team.

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