Ecosystems

3 Dead, Hurricane Lorenzo Plows Into Mexico
September 28, 2007 05:20 PM - Alejandro Juarez,

NAUTLA, Mexico (Reuters) - Hurricane Lorenzo crashed into Mexico's Gulf coast on Friday, killing three people in a mudslide and knocking out power to 85,000 homes.

In the coastal fishing town of Nautla, Lorenzo's 80 mph (130 kph) winds ripped off bits of roofs, blew down trees and scattered debris in the streets.

"It hit us hard and there is an incredible amount of rain," said Mayra Castro, 29, a waitress who spent the night mopping up water that leaked into her house through windows and under doors.

Exotic Parrots Return to Cook Islands
September 28, 2007 09:52 AM - AP

MPs Tour Pangani River Basin
September 28, 2007 09:03 AM - ICUN

Members of Parliament from three East African countries recently visited the Pangani River Water Basin in Tanzania to get an insight into the challenges facing the basin’s ecosystem as a case study in integrated water resources management. Over the years, the effects of human activity and climate change have affected the basin’s ecosystem and livelihoods of local populations. Lake Jipe, a cross border water resource shared by Kenya and Tanzania, is faced with enormous problems which include reduced runoff, increasing siltation, decreasing water levels and quality, and advancing wetland plants that threaten its existence.

Kit Fox Gets Some Protection, In California
September 27, 2007 07:41 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ROCKLIN, Calif. - The California Kit Fox will get a little more protection thanks to the efforts of a central California conservation group there. Wildlands, Inc. announced the approval of a second conservation bank in Merced County in 2007. The 684-acre Deadman Creek Conservation Bank will permanently preserve habitat of endangered and threatened species. Deadman Creek, the ninth preserve established by Wildlands since January 2006, was created to preserve and protect habitat of the endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox.

Gutsy Equador Proposes A Lid On Oil
September 27, 2007 04:07 PM - Bruce Mulliken, Private Landowner Network

Little countries can find the strength to do big things that big countries fear to do.

For the good of itself, for the good of the planet, the South American country of Ecuador has proposed to keep the lid on nearly one billion barrels of oil under its Yasuni National Park.

Despite the fact that Ecuador depends on one-third of its budget from oil exports, there will be no oil extraction, no oil exploration from the ITT oil field under Yasuni. Under the YasunÌ-ITT Initiative the country will forgo the stream of revenues the oil would provide. Ecuador will be the first country in the world to deliberately leave significant oil reserves underground - and those revenues - for the betterment of the planet while seeking to build a sustainable green economy.

Canada finds bird flu strain in Saskatchewan
September 27, 2007 01:55 PM -

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canadian veterinary officials said on Thursday they have found the H7N3 strain of avian influenza on a Saskatchewan chicken farm, but noted the case was not the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain seen elsewhere.

 

New Greek forests will need 20 years after fires
September 27, 2007 10:34 AM -

ATHENS (Reuters) - New forests in areas of Greece scorched by fires earlier this year will need at least two decades to grow back, environmental group WWF said on Thursday.

The fires, which killed 65 people, raged across mainly southern Greece in August and torched about 180,000 hectares of land on the Peloponnese peninsula alone, more than half being forests and protected nature reserves.

"We will have low vegetation in the beginning, but we won't have a forest before the end of a 20-year period and our generation will never see fir forests in these areas again," said Panagiota Maragou, who drafted a WWF report on the damage.

Hardy Amazon 'Greens InTimes Of Drought
September 27, 2007 09:11 AM - Cássio Quiterio, SciDevNet

SAO PAULO - Forests in the Amazon are much more resilient to drought that previously thought, researchers have found.  A study published in Science last week (21 September) suggests that forests showed increased — not decreased - levels of photosynthesis in response to a drought.  Researchers concluded that canopy vegetation, composed mainly of leaves of the upper parts of trees, is capable of increasing photosynthesis during drought periods of up to two years

China Starts Countdown To Save Biodiversity By 2010
September 27, 2007 08:09 AM - The World Conservation Union

As the rate of biodiversity loss accelerates worldwide, civil society organizations and governments are joining forces to fight the global extinction crisis.  On September 7 in Beijing, twenty Chinese and international organizations signed the Countdown 2010 declaration, committing themselves to additional efforts to reduce biodiversity loss by the year 2010.

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