Ecosystems

Police Briefly Hold Greenpeace Activists Accusing France of Dumping Toxic Wastes in India
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Ashok Sharma, Associated Press

Police on Tuesday detained 13 Greenpeace activists outside the French Embassy in New Delhi, where they were accusing France of sending an old military aircraft carrier containing toxic waste to a shipbreaking yard in India.

Stockholm Tries out Traffic Tolls To Ease Congestion
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Tommy Grandell, Associated Press

Drivers had to pay a fee to enter Stockholm on Tuesday as the city started a seven-month trial of a contentious program designed to reduce traffic and cut pollution in the Swedish capital.

Mexico Peasants Take up Machetes against Acapulco Dam
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

Due to be completed in 2012, La Parota will be one of Mexico's biggest dams, flooding swathes of forest and subsistence farmland around the Papagayo River.

U.S. Government Mulls Options for Protecting Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

While the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have been protected for nearly a century as a refuge, the surrounding reefs are entering a critical year for their protection in 2006.

Nature Conservancy Pays $2.2 Million To Preserve Forestland in Maine
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - John Richardson, Portland Press Herald

The Nature Conservancy said that it paid $2.2 million to preserve nearly 10,000 acres of forestland in Maine, capping a busy year for groups working to conserve open spaces around the state.

Zoo Boise Works on Plan for Environmental Education
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman

Ten Northwest zoos and aquariums have formed an alliance designed to help folks make smart choices that could protect species found in the Northwest.

Appalachian Town Looks to Mountaintop Mining for Flat Land
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Roger Alford, Associated Press

In mountaintop-removal coal mining, hilltops are blasted away to uncover coal seams, and the leftover rock and dirt are dumped into adjacent valleys, burying streams.

Scientists Say Coral Reefs Spared in Tsunami
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

After hundreds of dives in the waters off Phuket, a team of scientists concluded that it was the intervention of humans, and not the havoc wreaked by the tsunami, that posed the greatest threat to the reefs.

Environmental Groups Seen as Balancing Dual Loyalties
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Rita Beamish, Associated Press

Environmental groups that frequently spar with the Bush administration over protecting the air, water and human health also have collected millions of dollars in U.S. government grants.

Company that Makes Natural Paint Starts Seeing Green
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Emily Van Cleve, Albuquerque Journal

Ten years ago, Rudolf Reitz found it extremely difficult to interest customers in buying his company's nontoxic paints. Getting a new customer, he said, was like finding a needle in a haystack.

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