Western States Sue Bush Administration Over Decision To Open Pristine Forests
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press
California, New Mexico and Oregon sued the Bush administration Tuesday over the government's decision to allow road building, logging and other commercial ventures on more than 90,000 square miles of untouched forests.
Dry, Hot Weather Ignites Big Alaska Wildfire Season
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Successive hot summers, vast swaths of insect-weakened trees and lightning strikes have combined to torch about 4 million acres of forest in Alaska this summer, nearly tying the state's third-largest fire season on record, federal and state officials said Tuesday.
Judge Blocks Plan To Poison Sierra Stream, and State Says It'll Drop the Idea
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A federal judge on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction barring wildlife officials from poisoning a Sierra waterway in an attempt to recover a rare species trout.
EPA Offers Liability Protection To Spur Mining Cleanups
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Cheryl Wittenauer, Associated Press
Environmental groups that volunteer to help government and businesses clean up waste from mine drainage in the West won't be held liable if there are future disputes over the pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.
Ozone Layer Has Stopped Shrinking, U.S. Study Finds
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
The ozone layer has stopped shrinking but it will take decades to start recovering, U.S. scientists reported Tuesday. They said an international agreement to limit production of ozone-depleting chemicals has apparently worked, but the damage to ozone has not been halted completely.
California Air Regulators Want To Put Cork in Wine Pollution
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press
Napa and Sonoma may attract wine connoisseurs and tourists to their bucolic settings to taste well-known wines, but the San Joaquin Valley has long been the industry workhorse, producing most of the nation's wine. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is considering imposing the nation's first air quality control on wineries, focusing on the largest vintners.
U.S. Sued Over Toad at Center of Roberts' Case
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Whitcomb, Reuters
An environmental group and a Christian prayer network have joined forces to sue the Bush administration over the fate of an endangered toad -- the same "hapless" amphibian at the center of a legal opinion by U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.
'What Hiroshima Looked Like' -- Katrina's Full Wrath Still Being Felt, Death Toll Soars Past 100
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Brett Martel, Associated Press
Rescuers along the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast pushed aside the dead to reach the living Tuesday in a race against time and rising waters, while New Orleans sank deeper into crisis and Louisiana's governor ordered storm refugees out of this drowning city.
Ex-Builder Proves Business, Greenies Do Mix
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Anthony Fensom, The Daily Yomiuri
Environmentalists and builders. To most they are as compatible as bulls and china shops, but Ian Kiernan is living proof that they are not always opposites.
Closures Threaten U.S. Energy Supply
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh Aynesworth, The Washington Times
Hurricane Katrina shut down almost all of the energy production in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the nation's short-term energy future. Oil workers congregating here said Katrina seemed certain to have demolished some of the infrastructure.