Ecosystems

Island Nation Creates Third Largest Marine Park
March 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean has created the world's third-largest marine reserve, as global efforts to preserve biodiversity widen to include everything from insects to fish to forests.

The Mount Hood Meltdown
March 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

The seven largest of Mount Hood's 11 glaciers have already shrunk an average of 34 percent since the beginning of the last century, according to calculations by Keith Jackson, a Portland State University graduate student.

In Norway, Break the Law and Live by a Beach
March 28, 2006 12:00 AM - James Kilner, Reuters

The Web site reads like an advertisement for a vacation home. "Is Bastoy the place for you?" it asks next to photographs of a sunset sparkling off the tranquil waters of the Oslo fjord and horses pulling sleighs over packed snow.

Brazil Expands Amazon Protection as Global Environmental Conference Starts
March 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Brazil announced plans to expand protection of the Amazon rain forest, and its president on Monday called on wealthy nations to do more to protect the environment.

Developers Encouraged to Turn to Experts to Restore Wetlands
March 28, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration is encouraging developers who destroy wetlands or streams and are required to replace them to pay other businesses to do the work.

In Colrain, Forest Finds Protector in Self-Styled Naturalist
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Adam Gorlick, Associated Press

Muriel Russell would prefer this story not be told. It's about the Catamount State Forest, a rocky post-Revolutionary War homestead long abandoned by settlers for more farmable land.

Homebuilding Goes Green to Save Energy, Provide Comfort
March 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Gone are the days when green-built homes teetered on the fringe of being freaky with a mishmash of recycled tires and aluminum cans and awkward solar panels.

U.N. Biodiversity Meeting Embraces Eco-Friendly City
March 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Carolina Schwartz, Reuters

It is no coincidence that the United Nations chose the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba to host its eighth conference on the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is under way this week.

Post-Katrina Landscape: Refrigerators Gone, Abandoned Cars Linger
March 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Foster, Associated Press

Nearly seven months after Katrina, the streets of New Orleans are still strewn with thousands of abandoned cars -- many of them flooded-out, some stolen, some left by residents who have not returned since the Aug. 29 storm.

U.S. States in CO2 Pact Eye Trees, Methane at Dumps
March 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Power plants in the U.S. Northeast who may face rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions could be allowed to save costs by methods such as planting trees and tapping landfills for methane, according to a draft plan.

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