Georgia environmental groups are praising a decision by the Obama administration to reverse itself on offshore oil. Back in March, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the administration would open up the East Coast to offshore drilling. Now -- after the Gulf oil spill -- Salazar says, the administration will NOT persue Atlantic oil.
This year's hurricane season ended without a major storm hitting the United States. Although Haiti and Central America were hit with major storms, the lack of media attention these disasters received leaves some emergency managers worrying about complacency. After all, forecasters predicted a busy tropical season.
State biologists want coastal planners to know exactly what's on the coast before development picks up. Two researchers working for the Department of Natural Resources are creating a map of the coast's natural habitats. The map's detail goes beyond anything seen before -- down to fractions of acres.