Ecosystems

Los Angeles Fire Seen Fully Contained by Monday
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Firefighters have the upper hand on a wildfire on the outskirts of Los Angeles that has burned 24,000 acres and they expect to have it fully contained by Monday evening, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Saturday.

Louisiana Ecological Harm Called Unprecedented
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, Boston Globe

The environmental damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita is unparalleled in its scope and variety, scientists say, with massive oil spills blanketing marshes, sediment smothering vast fishing grounds, and millions of gallons of raw sewage scattered in New Orleans and along the 400-mile Louisiana coast.

Forest Service Says Court Order Stops Capitol Christmas Free, Other Projects
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

From cutting the Capitol Christmas tree to minor forest thinning, the U.S. Forest Service has put hundreds of small projects across the country on hold while it reviews a judge's ruling throwing out limits on the public's right to participate in forest decisions.

Swedes May Be Freeze-Dried for Eternal Rest
September 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Sven Nordenstam, Reuters

"There's three things we can do with your mum. We can bury her, burn her or dump her." A fourth alternative -- freeze-drying -- could soon be added to British comedy group Monty Python's catalogue of burial methods.

California Air Quality Rules Too Taxing, Critics Say
September 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Sarah Ruby, Bakersfield Californian

A set of air quality rules meant to cut pollution from new development is being challenged by local politicians and builders who say they would unfairly tax new homes and businesses.

Ex-Interior Chief Calls For Land-Use Plan
September 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Staci Matlock, Santa Fe New Mexican

A 25-story, privately owned steel tower peering over the Gettysburg Battlefield in 1997 struck then Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt as a glaring example of how private property rights can negatively impact public land.

Whale-Rich Mexican Sea Named World Heritage Site
September 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Hundreds of islands in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, a major whale breeding ground, have been declared protected areas by the United Nations, the government said Monday.

Malaysia Urges Neighbors To Do More on Haze
September 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Manny Mogato, Reuters

Malaysia urged its neighbours on Tuesday to ratify an agreement to control air pollution in southeast Asia, a month after forest fires in Indonesia caused some of the worst haze in the region in eight years.

European Commission Includes Airlines in Pollution-Cutting Emissions Trading Plan
September 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Jan Sliva, Associated Press

The European Commission approved plans on Tuesday to include airlines in the EU's emissions trading program aimed at cutting carbon dioxide.

Cocaine Is Killing Colombian Nature Parks
September 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Kim Housego, Associated Press

Cocaine is killing the great nature parks of Colombia. Government spraying of coca plant killer is driving growers and traffickers out of their usual territory into national parks where spraying is banned. Here they are burning thousands of acres of virgin rain forest and poisoning rivers with chemicals.

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