Ecosystems

U.S. High Court To Decide Wetlands-Regulation Cases
October 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would would decide the reach of the federal government's power to regulate wetlands, an issue pitting environmentalists against property-rights advocates.

Expert Reports Longleaf Pine Disappearing in South Carolina
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The longleaf pine, which once covered tens of millions of acres across the Southeast, is in danger of disappearing in parts of South Carolina, says a forest conservationist with the Clemson Extension Service.

Amazon Rainforest Suffers Worst Drought in Decades
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Terry Wade, Reuters

The worst drought in more than 40 years is damaging the world's biggest rainforest, plaguing the Amazon basin with wildfires, sickening river dwellers with tainted drinking water, and killing fish by the millions as streams dry up.

Alaska Threatens To Yank North Slope Leases from Oil Companies
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Volz, Associated Press

Alaska's oil and gas chief is threatening to revoke leases held by Exxon Mobil Corp. and other producers for not drilling the rich fields near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Conserving Through Conservancy: Managing Land and Wildlife in Namibia
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Jan Vertefeuille and Joanna Benn, WWF International

Flying into Windhoek, the capital of the southern African nation of Namibia, is like landing in a nature reserve. Located high on a central plateau, with the Auas Mountains serving as a backdrop, it is not uncommon to spot kudu and other antelope shortly upon arrival.

Court Rejects EPA Limits on Air Pollution Monitoring
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A federal appeals court Friday rejected what it called a Bush administration attempt to "pull a surprise switcheroo" by weakening the government's authority to monitor air pollution from power plants, refineries and factories.

Patagonia Among 70 Vying for Green Business of the Year Award
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM - San Bernardino County Sun, Calif.

Patagonia Inc., the outdoor gear and apparel maker based in Ventura, is among 70 nominees for Co-op America's first-ever "People's Choice Award" as Green Business of the year.

China To Eschew Fast Growth in New Economic Plan
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Hillis, Reuters

China is poised to unveil a new roadmap for the world's seventh-biggest economy that scraps a long-standing policy of faster growth in favour of improving social services and curbing widespread environmental devastation.

Habitat Herbicide Approved for Use in California
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Habitat herbicide, from BASF Professional Vegetation Management, has received approval from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for use in California.

Congress Seeks To Slash Food Aid for Poor, Conservation
October 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

Under orders to cut agriculture spending by $3 billion, Republicans in Congress have proposed reducing food programs for the poor by $574 million and conservation programs by $1 billion, The Associated Press has learned.

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