Ecosystems

EPA Approves Pollution Control Plan for Everglades
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Neil Santaniello, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week approved the bulk of a controversial state rule designed to curb phosphorus pollution in the Everglades.

Alaskan Urges Gas Research Funding
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard Mauer, Anchorage Daily News

Sharp increases in natural gas prices and concern over long-term supply brought dozens of suggested solutions to a special work session of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on Monday.

Study Encourages Everglades Land Purchases
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Coralie Carlson, Associated Press

The state and federal governments should buy more land, and do so quickly, in order to restore the Everglades before the property becomes developed or too expensive in coming years, according to a new report.

San Francisco Ponders Ecology Tax for Grocery Bags
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Adam Tanner, Reuters

San Francisco, which has long prided itself on environmentally friendly policies, is debating whether it should become the first U.S. city to tax grocery bags to encourage recycling.

Feds Adopt Plan for Drilling on Vast New Mexico Grassland; State, Conservationists Vow Fight
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Montova Bryan, Associated Press

Despite protests by the governor and environmentalists, the federal government decided to open nearly all of New Mexico's vast Otero Mesa for exploratory drilling but vowed that the oil and gas industry won't have a "free-for-all."

Arizona Park Wants to Kill Exotic Plants
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Saguaro National Park managers are trying to eliminate exotic plants that are threatening to crowd out native vegetation in the Sonoran Desert.

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.

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