Ecosystems

Bush Administration to Seek Salmon Harvest Cuts and Hatchery Reforms
January 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Conceding that using hatcheries to supplement dwindling salmon populations is harming wild salmon species in some cases, the Bush administration plans to move away from the practice in favor of a more direct solution.

U.S. Asks Companies to Slash Output of Teflon Compound
January 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

U.S. environmental regulators asked eight companies Wednesday to voluntarily commit to reduce releases of a potentially hazardous compound used to make non-stick cookware by 95 percent by 2010.

Mouse Frustrates Endangered Species Policy
January 26, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

An acrobatic mouse is threatening Bush administration efforts to give Western developers an upper hand over endangered species.

Plan to Build Gas Pipeline through Amazon Rain Forest Catches Environmentalists Off Guard
January 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Environmentalists were caught off guard when South American leaders announced plans to build a massive natural gas pipeline through the Amazon rain forest.

Brazil Sacks Indian Expert after Spat over Lands
January 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazil's Indian affairs agency fired a world-renowned expert on indigenous tribes days after he criticized its president for suggesting there should be limits on land claims made by the Indians.

Program Seeks to Preserve Grasslands
January 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An exchange program between the Nature Conservancy and the Mongolian government is trying to preserve some of the planet's best remaining grassland ecosystems.

Coral Reefs Cheaper to Protect than Neglect, U.N. Finds
January 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Costs of safeguarding the world's fast-disappearing coral reefs and mangroves are small compared to the benefits they provide from tourism to fisheries, the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Tuesday.

FDA Panel Recommends Federal Ban on Nonprescription Asthma Inhalers that Harm Ozone
January 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew Bridges, Associated Press

Asthma sufferers may not be able to buy nonprescription inhalers much longer because the devices contain propellants that harm the ozone layer.

U.S. Greenhouse Operators Find Green Roof Niche
January 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Alex Dominguez, Associated Press

A burgeoning U.S. market for "green roofs" has greenhouse owners cultivating plants that help keep out the summer heat and winter cold while also managing storm water runoff and absorbing carbon dioxide.

Ancient Southern Africa Tribe Battles to Avoid Eviction from Kalahari Reserve
January 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexandra Zavis, Associated Press

Efforts by Botswana's government to remove the last two ethnic Basarwa groups from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the latest chapter in a long history of dislocation and loss.

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