NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A Louisiana agency sued 97 oil companies - including BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp and Royal Dutch Shell Plc - in state court on Wednesday for allegedly damaging hundreds of miles of sensitive wetlands by cutting through them with pipelines and transportation canals. Full story
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced that $300 million in federal money has been made available to buy homes in flood-prone areas. The U.S. will turn those properties into wetlands to lessen future flooding.
A medieval monastery in Belgium went to major effort to drain wetlands on its land, building structures on artificially raised soil, a new study finds. Full story
Nineteen baby Siamese crocodiles are being let loose in the wetlands of Laos, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced this week. The effort gives a boost to the critically endangered species, which is thought to include just 250 individuals in the wild. Full story
Participants paddle a dragon boat during a fair to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival on a wetland in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province June 12, 2013. The festival, which falls on June 12 this year, commemorates the memory of Chinese patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in 277 BC to protest against
Water sits in the Small Salt Marsh of the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge near Sterling, Kan., Monday, August 27, 2012. Nearly five inches of rain fell on the area over the weekend putting water back in the dry wetland area of the refuge. The refuge has been dry for several weeks and was threatenin