Ecosystems

Greenpeace Arctic Mission to Spotlight Polar Bears
April 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two U.S. explorers plan to start a four-month summer expedition to the North Pole next month to gather information on the habitat of an animal they believe could be the first victim of global warming -- the polar bear.

In New Orleans, a Big Green Opportunity is Wasted, Environmentalists Say
April 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

In the rush to rebuild, this hurricane-smashed city is dumping its debris into the swamps by the truckload -- and throwing away an opportunity to turn America's costliest natural disaster into the nation's greatest recycling effort.

EPA Says Toxic Pollution Levels Fall Four Percent
April 13, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The EPA said Wednesday that chemical pollution released into the environment fell more than 4 percent from 2003 to 2004, led by declines among the metal mining, electric utility and hazardous waste industries.

South of New Orleans, a People Fight to Keep Their Land
April 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Way beyond the jazz halls of New Orleans, the hardworking fishermen and oil workers on the sparsely populated banks of the Mississippi River are wondering why the federal government is talking about surrendering their land to Mother Nature.

EU Official Says Romania Making Progress in Environment Protection
April 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union's environment commissioner said Tuesday that Romania was making progress in meeting EU rules, but warned the prospective EU member nation that it needs to urgently improve waste management.

Effects of Climate Change on Arctic Observed
April 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

It's becoming harder to find the right snow to build an igloo, and melting permafrost is turning land into mud. With climate change the nature of the Arctic is changing, too, in ways that worry the people who live there.

Everglades Headwaters to Reclaim Original Path with Restoration Project
April 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

State water managers have acquired about 103,000 acres of land as part of a plan to reflood 43 miles of the Kissimmee River bed, allowing the water to reclaim its original meandering path toward Lake Okeechobee and on into the Everglades.

Authorities Close Major Logging Operation in Brazil
April 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Environmental authorities shut down an illegal logging operation in the Amazon on Monday, confiscating dozens of felled tropical hardwood trees in an area that only recently was pristine rain forest.

Caribbean Reefs Ailing from Bleaching, Disease
April 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

Deadly diseases are attacking coral reefs across the Caribbean Sea after a massive surge of coral bleaching last summer, a two-pronged assault that scientists say is one of the worst threats to the region's fragile undersea gardens.

Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Sees Big Opportunity in Green Technology
April 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Venture capitalist John Doerr is placing big bets on an emerging sector he calls "green technology," one he believes could become as lucrative as information technology and biotechnology.

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