Ecosystems

Senate Urged to Safeguard Species Act
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

As a Senate committee prepares to take up revisions to the Endangered Species Act, nearly 6,000 biologists from around the country signed a letter Wednesday urging senators to preserve scientific protections in the landmark law.

Bicycle Taxis Thrive on Streets of New York; City Considers Crackdown
March 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Sara Kugler, Associated Press

Bicycle taxis are weaving through the clogged streets of midtown Manhattan in a movement growing so rapidly that the city is proposing regulations before it spins out of control.

Dalai Lama Offers Lifeline to Indian Tiger
March 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Simon Denyer, Reuters

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, has thrown a lifeline to India's dwindling tiger population after an emotional appeal to outlaw the trade in animal skins provoked an extraordinary reaction in his homeland.

Officials Try Insect to Save Hawaii Tree
March 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

State officials are hoping to save Hawaii's native wiliwili tree with a bug found in eastern Africa.

Life on the Mississippi Turned Upside Down for River Pilots
March 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Down where this great American river meets the Gulf of Mexico, river pilots negotiate a new reality as they steer oceangoing oil tankers, cruise ships and gigantic cargo carriers toward the warehouses, docks and rail yards of New Orleans.

Researchers Identify Extinction Hotspots
March 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

From frigid northern Canada and Alaska to tropical Asian islands, lands where wildlife seems safe today may pose some of the greatest extinction dangers in the future.

States Appeal to U.S. Top Court on CO2 Car Emissions
March 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

A dozen U.S. states appealed to the Supreme Court Friday on a case that seeks to force the U.S. government to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from cars and trucks, an environmental group said.

Scientists Find Antarctic Ice Shrank Significantly
March 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Antarctic ice sheet shrank significantly during the past three years, according to the findings of a NASA study.

Pirate Trawlers Face Crackdown on Overfishing
March 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Pirate trawlers will be tracked by a new database as part of a planned crackdown on illegal fish catches worth $9.5 billion a year that are adding to strains on global stocks, a report said Friday.

China to Spend Nearly A Billion Dollars to Repel Wetland Rats
March 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China will target a 7.5 billion yuan ($934 million) fund at repelling an invasion of rats eating their way across fragile wetlands on the Tibetan plateau, the China Daily said on Friday.

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