Ecosystems

Army Corps Agrees NY Wetland Deserves Federal Protection
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A floating pingpong ball and the threat of a lawsuit convinced the Army Corps of Engineers that a small wetland qualifies for federal protection.

Shrieking Frogs Unnerve Hawaiian Island
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - B.J. Reyes, Associated Press

A tiny frog with a huge shriek has invaded the Big Island and won't shut up. Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is looking for $2 million to begin controlling the spread of the nocturnal coqui frog, a beloved native in Puerto Rico but considered an annoying pest in Hawaii since hitching a ride over in shipments of tropical plants around 1990.

World's Largest Iceberg Posing Problems
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

The world's largest iceberg appears to have run aground near Antarctica, posing more problems to scientific bases and penguin colonies, where tens of thousands of chicks face starvation, scientists said Thursday.

Geologist has Vision for Wyoming
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer Frazer, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

Wyoming is a geologist's paradise: it's got gemstones and metals, coal seams and earthquakes, mountains and mesas, and a little place called Yellowstone.

Indonesia to Replant Mangroves in Tsunami Defense
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Quinn, Reuters

Indonesia will replant huge swathes of mangrove forest along its vulnerable coastline to help provide a buffer against possible future tsunamis, the forestry minister said.

Environmentalists Win Bid to Regulate Taconite Industry Mercury Emissions
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Kuchera, Duluth News-Tribune

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to develop proposed regulations for mercury and asbestos emissions from taconite plants.

Environmentalists, Feds Face off over Wilderness Deal
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Sarche, Associated Press

Environmental groups asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to throw out a deal that removed environmental protections for millions of acres of potential wilderness areas around the country.

San Francisco Officials Pass Law Mandating Humane Treatment for Backyard Dogs
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Kim Curtis, Associated Press

In this famously dog-friendly city, dog owners are "pet guardians," the local shelter keeps strays in "apartments" -- and, as of Tuesday, man's best friend is entitled to certain perks.

Blue Bins in, Bags out in Chicago Recycling Experiment
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Mihalopoulos, Chicago Tribune

An experiment in replacing blue bags with blue bins received unanimous approval from a City Council committee Monday.

Residents Displaced by Chlorine Gas May Be Kept Away Longer
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Wilkinson, The State

Thousands of people evacuated last week when a train crash unleashed deadly chlorine gas might not return home Wednesday, as had been hoped.

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