Ecosystems

Energy-Strapped Asian Countries Forced to Become More Efficient
March 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Across Asia, soaring oil prices and unrelenting demand for energy are forcing companies and countries to become more energy efficient.

Brazil Opens Chunks of Amazon Forest to Logging
March 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Raymond Colitt, Reuters

Brazil's president Thursday approved a measure offering huge chunks of the Amazon jungle to timber companies that comply with tough restrictions aimed at preserving the world's largest rain forest.

Rocker McCartney Takes to Ice to Save Canada Seals
March 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Paul Darrow, Reuters

Former Beatle Paul McCartney lay down on an ice floe next to a baby seal Thursday and pleaded with Canada to scrap an annual hunt that kills around 300,000 of the young animals.

EPA Plans Cuts in Benzene, Other Air Toxics for Cars, Fuel, Containers
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The government wants better built fuel cans, cleaner-starting engines in cold temperatures and a nearly 40 percent cut in benzene in gasoline to cut air toxics associated with gasoline.

Refilling Old Mines May Be Acceptable to Dispose of Coal Ash
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Using old mines may be an acceptable way to dispose of the ash from burning coal, but the process needs better monitoring, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

Professor Finishes Maine Bay Seaweed Study
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A University of New Hampshire plant biology professor has documented an abundance of invasive species of seaweed in Maine's Casco Bay that appear to be changing the ecosystem.

In Congo, Pygmies Ill-Prepared to Fight for Their Forests
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Anjan Sundaram, Associated Press

Pygmy chief Mbomba Bokenu says he may soon let loggers cut his people's forests, and all he expects in return are soap and a few bags of salt.

Mercury Cuts on the Ground Not Enough
February 28, 2006 12:00 AM - John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune

When you raise your face into that first spring rainfall, remember this: The water splashing off your head is higher in mercury contamination than the treated sewage water leaving the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District.

Aboriginal Group Demands Inclusion of Review of MacKenzie Valley Pipeline
February 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Hainsworth, Associated Press

An aboriginal group is asking the Federal Court of Canada to temporarily halt an environmental review of a $6-billion natural gas pipeline, which it says could impact its traditional way of life.

World Lawmakers Set up Global Warming Monitor Group
February 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Lawmakers and business leaders from around the world launched a campaign on Friday to push recalcitrant governments to take action on climate change.

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