Ecosystems

As Massive South Korean Land Plan Nears End, Critics Cry Foul
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Jack Kim, Reuters

Massive earthmovers and trucks roar as they dump rocks the size of cars into the sea off South Korea's west coast in a map-altering reclamation project at the center of a bitter environmental dispute.

Study Finds Melting Sea Ice a Danger to Walruses
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - JoAnne Allen, Reuters

Arctic researchers who discovered a surprising number of abandoned baby walruses say melting sea ice may be the culprit, according to a study in the April issue of Aquatic Mammals.

Habitat for the Red-Legged Frog Reduced
April 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Thursday that it reduced its protected habitat designation for the California red-legged frog to about 450,000 acres -- down 40 percent from its previous proposal.

Greenpeace Arctic Mission to Spotlight Polar Bears
April 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two U.S. explorers plan to start a four-month summer expedition to the North Pole next month to gather information on the habitat of an animal they believe could be the first victim of global warming -- the polar bear.

In New Orleans, a Big Green Opportunity is Wasted, Environmentalists Say
April 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

In the rush to rebuild, this hurricane-smashed city is dumping its debris into the swamps by the truckload -- and throwing away an opportunity to turn America's costliest natural disaster into the nation's greatest recycling effort.

EPA Says Toxic Pollution Levels Fall Four Percent
April 13, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The EPA said Wednesday that chemical pollution released into the environment fell more than 4 percent from 2003 to 2004, led by declines among the metal mining, electric utility and hazardous waste industries.

South of New Orleans, a People Fight to Keep Their Land
April 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Way beyond the jazz halls of New Orleans, the hardworking fishermen and oil workers on the sparsely populated banks of the Mississippi River are wondering why the federal government is talking about surrendering their land to Mother Nature.

EU Official Says Romania Making Progress in Environment Protection
April 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union's environment commissioner said Tuesday that Romania was making progress in meeting EU rules, but warned the prospective EU member nation that it needs to urgently improve waste management.

Effects of Climate Change on Arctic Observed
April 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

It's becoming harder to find the right snow to build an igloo, and melting permafrost is turning land into mud. With climate change the nature of the Arctic is changing, too, in ways that worry the people who live there.

Everglades Headwaters to Reclaim Original Path with Restoration Project
April 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

State water managers have acquired about 103,000 acres of land as part of a plan to reflood 43 miles of the Kissimmee River bed, allowing the water to reclaim its original meandering path toward Lake Okeechobee and on into the Everglades.

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