Ecosystems

Swampy Part of New Orleans Turns into Dumping Ground
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

A swampy section of the city is becoming a dumping ground for paint cans, broken furniture, insulation and whatever else is in the rubble. From its beginnings, New Orleans has viewed the surrounding wetlands and Mississippi River as the logical places for its waste. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the city again is turning to the swamp.

Africa Lakes under Strain as Populations Rise
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Wangui Kanina, Reuters

Africa's 600-plus lakes are under unprecedented strain from rising populations and must be managed better if demand for fresh water is not to stir instability, a U.N. report published on Monday said.

Australia Uses New Methods To Protect Whales
October 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Fierce whale-hunting opponent Australia said on Friday it was expanding the use of satellite and DNA technology to track and research whales as it seeks to overturn the killing of whales for scientific purposes.

International Albatross Plan Proposes New Colonies
October 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

With almost all of the world's remaining short-tailed albatrosses breeding on a steep slope of a Japanese volcanic island that is subject to eruptions, mudslides and erosion, an international team of scientists has a proposal to help the endangered birds -- lure them to a safer island.

Japan Wants All Nations in Post-Kyoto Deal
October 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Elaine Lies, Reuters

Japan, whose former capital gave its name to the Kyoto Protocol, wants all nations -- including the United States and especially China -- to be bound by the next framework aimed at fighting global warming, Environment Minister Yuriko Koike said on Friday.

Philippines Monitors Wetlands for Bird Flu Entry
October 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Manny Mogato, Reuters

The Philippines has stepped up surveillance of 55 wetlands across the country to try to prevent the entry of the deadly avian influenza virus through migratory birds, officials said on Thursday.

Half of Coral Reefs Could Be Destroyed
October 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Nearly half of the world's coral reefs may be lost in the next 40 years unless urgent measures are taken to protect them against the threat of climate change, according to a new report released Tuesday by the World Conservation Union.

Brazilian Police Arrest Dozens Accused of Forging Permits To Transport Amazon Lumber
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Brazilian federal police on Wednesday arrested at least 43 people accused of forging and selling permits for the transport of tens of millions of dollars (Euros) worth of illegally cut lumber, authorities said.

House Moves Toward Easing Offshore Drilling Ban, Opening Alaska Refuge
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A House committee on Wednesday approved a measure that would clear the way for oil and gas drilling in currently off-limits coastal waters and an Alaska wildlife refuge.

Rare Wetland Raises Restoration Hopes
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Lee Bloomquist, Duluth News-Tribune

A vegetable farm once owned by frozen-foods entrepreneur Jeno Paulucci is becoming the only wetland bank of its kind in the nation.

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