Ecosystems

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.

EU Commission Proposes Stricter Emissions Standards for Cars
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Commission approved a bill Wednesday to impose stricter emission standards on vehicles and seek to close a loophole that allows gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles to escape the EU pollution limits.

Democrats Block Alaska Drilling in U.S. Defense Bill
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett and Julie Vorman, Reuters

Senate Democrats succeeded Wednesday in blocking, for now, oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which Republicans sought to add to a massive massive $453 billion war-time military spending bill.

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