Ecosystems

Program Seeks to Preserve Grasslands
January 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An exchange program between the Nature Conservancy and the Mongolian government is trying to preserve some of the planet's best remaining grassland ecosystems.

Coral Reefs Cheaper to Protect than Neglect, U.N. Finds
January 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Costs of safeguarding the world's fast-disappearing coral reefs and mangroves are small compared to the benefits they provide from tourism to fisheries, the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Tuesday.

FDA Panel Recommends Federal Ban on Nonprescription Asthma Inhalers that Harm Ozone
January 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew Bridges, Associated Press

Asthma sufferers may not be able to buy nonprescription inhalers much longer because the devices contain propellants that harm the ozone layer.

U.S. Greenhouse Operators Find Green Roof Niche
January 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Alex Dominguez, Associated Press

A burgeoning U.S. market for "green roofs" has greenhouse owners cultivating plants that help keep out the summer heat and winter cold while also managing storm water runoff and absorbing carbon dioxide.

Ancient Southern Africa Tribe Battles to Avoid Eviction from Kalahari Reserve
January 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexandra Zavis, Associated Press

Efforts by Botswana's government to remove the last two ethnic Basarwa groups from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the latest chapter in a long history of dislocation and loss.

Research Site Full of Yellowstone Bison
January 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

A research site north of Yellowstone National Park has filled to capacity with young bison that will be used in studying whether brucellosis-free herds can be produced from quarantine.

Environmentalists Fight Spread of Vineyards to California Coastal Forests
January 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

In the fog-shrouded forests of California's remote North Coast, winemakers believe they've found the perfect terrain to grow the notoriously fickle pinot noir grape prized by connoisseurs.

Space Debris Accumulating, Report Says
January 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

More than 9,000 pieces of space debris are orbiting the Earth, a hazard that can only be expected to get worse in the next few years. And currently there's no workable and economic way to clean up the mess.

Texas Expects to Fight Wildfires through April
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Wildfires that have scorched some 455,000 acres in Texas are likely to keep burning until the end of April, the state's emergency management coordinator said Wednesday.

Colombia to Eradicate Coca in National Park
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Luis Jaime Acosta, Reuters

Colombia's campaign to eradicate coca growing will move into one of the country's national parks for the first time with police planning to uproot the plant used to make coca in a jungle area defended by Marxist rebels.

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