The Brazil Ministry of the Environment [official website, in Portuguese] announced late Sunday night that a large section of the Amazon rainforest will be declared a protected zone over the next three years. Approximately 84,000 square miles is slated for the designation. AP has more.
The Seattle Washington city council [official website] enacted [press release] new rules Monday to help restore urban streams and wetlands. The ordinance [text], which could go into effect as early as May 9, includes such measures as restricting pesticide use, requiring tree and plant replacement within 100 feet of lake and marine shorelines, and the "daylighting" of certain streams in the city. Daylighting is the practice of exposing streams that had been previously buried in underground pipes. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has more.
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