Ecosystems

Good Weather Lowers Western Avalanche Risk
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Sarche, Associated Press

Following a deadly avalanche season marked by two deaths within ski areas, forecasters around the West say favorable weather has kept the risk of slides relatively low so far this winter.

China Losing Ground to Severe Erosion
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than a third of China's land is affected by soil erosion, state media said on Tuesday, underlining a threat to the country's ability to provide enough food and water for its 1.3 billion people.

BLM To Zap Pest Plants
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Baird, Salt Lake Tribune

The Bureau of Land Management is getting aggressive in a bid to deal with the growing problem of invasive plant species in the West.

Study Finds Climate Change May Melt Permafrost
December 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Climate change could melt the top 11 feet of Alaska permafrost by the end of the century, according to a new study.

Gulf Hurricanes Triple Requests for Rigs-to-Reefs
December 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Damage to offshore oil and gas platforms from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has tripled the number of requests to converts rigs into artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Japan Resumes Whaling after Escape Bid
December 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Corder, Associated Press

A Japanese whaling fleet has started whaling again after spending more than 40 hours trying to escape Greenpeace protesters in remote icy waters near Antarctica.

Alaska Braces for Possible Volcanic Eruption
December 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

A restless volcano near Alaska's most populated region is being watched by scientists and officials, who warned Thursday of the risk of clouds of ash and a tsunami from a possible eruption.

Fears for Dwindling Forests in Pakistani Quake Zone
December 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Abu Arqam Naqash, Reuters

The Oct. 8 earthquake that flattened much of northern Pakistan has taught a lesson to mountain villagers that conservationists had long failed to instill: the importance of their forests.

Panama Jungle Power Plan Worries Environmentalists
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Power, Reuters

A plan by Panama and Colombia to link power grids through a remote jungle is worrying environmentalists and indigenous groups, who fear it would benefit rebels, loggers and a flesh-eating parasite.

China Seen as Main Market for Illegal Africa Ivory
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Africa's elephant herds are being targeted by poachers feeding a booming market for ivory in emerging colossus China, wildlife groups say.

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