Ecosystems

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.

Survey of Canadian Forests Raises Protection Calls
March 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Environmentalists say a new survey of logging and other development in Canada's forests, released Wednesday, shows the need for greater conservation and protection.

Are We Winning the Race to Stop Biodiversity Loss? -- A Guest Commentary
March 23, 2006 12:00 AM - James P. Leape, WWF International

With the natural forest loss rate at 13 million hectares a year — about 25 hectares a minute — the race is on to protect what’s left of the world’s forests.

Greater Efforts Needed to Save Amazon Rainforests
March 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

About 40 percent of the Amazon's rainforests could be lost by 2050 unless more is done to prevent what could become one of the world's worst environmental crisis, scientists said on Wednesday.

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