Ecosystems

Anti-Whaling Ship Hits Diplomatic Squall
February 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Gordon Bell, Reuters

The 657-ton Farley Mowat -- flying the skull-and-crossbones like a modern pirate ship -- stalked Japanese ships hunting minke whales through the huge waves of the Southern Ocean.

Maui Mayor Wants Sand Exports to End
February 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hoping to slow the flow of sand off his island, Mayor Alan Arakawa has asked the Maui County Council to look at a moratorium on exporting sand.

Scientists Fear Leaping Carp to Invade U.S. Great Lakes
February 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew Stern, Reuters

Fish that leap into passing boats may be a fisherman's fantasy, but scientists fear that hyperactive Asian carp will reach the Great Lakes, devour the base of the food chain and spoil drinking water for 40 million people.

Report Says Most Reefs Damaged by 2004 Tsunami Will Recover in a Decade
February 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Most coral reefs escaped "serious damage" from the 2004 tsunami and should recover in less than 10 years, though much will depend on local government's protecting marine ecosystems.

Heavy Rains, Illegal Logging Blamed for Philippines Landslides
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Paul Alexander, Associated Press

Weather was the easy target for blame in Friday's devastating landslide, but survivors also were pointing at illegal logging as a contributing factor.

Supreme Court to Decide Far-Reaching Wetland Cases
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two wetlands cases, the resolution of which could affect millions of acres of swamps, marshes and bogs across the U.S.

Intensified Development Raises Catastrophic Flood Risk around U.S., Experts Say
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew Bridges, Associated Press

Concentrated development in flood-prone parts of Missouri, California and other states has raised the risk of New Orleans-style flooding as people snap up new homes even in areas recently deluged, researchers say.

Ontario Government Criticizes U.S. Plans to Ease Air Pollution Rules
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Beth Duff-Brown, Associated Press

The Ontario government filed a complaint with the U.S. EPA, criticizing proposals they believe will lead to more pollution on the Canadian side of the border from coal-burning power plants in the U.S. Midwest.

Colombian Air Force Bombs Rebels in Nature Reserve
February 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Hugh Bronstein, Reuters

Colombian aircraft bombed leftist rebels in one of the country's biggest nature reserves after attacks on police guarding workers ripping out plants used to make cocaine, the air force said Thursday.

Groups Sue Feds Over Colorado River Fish
February 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press

Five environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the federal government Thursday, saying it has failed to protect endangered fish in the Colorado River.

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