Ecosystems

World Forest Losses Slowing but Still Alarming, UN Says
November 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Crispian Balmer, Reuters

Some 13 million hectares of forests are destroyed around the world each year, an area the size of Greece, although the net loss of trees has finally slowed thanks mainly to new plantations, the United Nations said on Monday.

Galapagos Volcano Fire Threatens Endemic Tree Species
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Galapagos Volcano Fire Threatens Endemic Tree Species

A fire sparked by last month's volcanic eruption on the largest of the famed Galapagos Islands is threatening an endemic tree species, officials said Saturday.

Former French Environmental Official Warns Dominica about Overdevelopment
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

`Caribbean leaders must protect their environment or face the hefty cost of cleanup paid by developed countries, said the former French environmental minister.

Kayak Crusaders Persuade Polluters To Come Clean
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

Mark Riskedahl paddles his kayak through pounding rain, heading across the Columbia Slough to a riverbank pipe that pours chocolate-brown liquid directly into the water. Holding steady, he reaches out and fills a plastic bottle with the muck -- it smells like gasoline -- and seals it tight for a trip to the lab for testing.

Oil Spills from Hurricanes Staining the Coast
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

When Walter Estrade returned to his home in this refinery town 10 miles southeast of New Orleans, he expected the typical hurricane damage -- toppled trees, tossed cars, a waterlogged house. What he hadn't counted on was the oil.

Conservationists Creating Bison Preserve
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

When conservationists Curt Freese and Sean Gerrity look out on the rolling prairie of north-central Montana, they see grasslands largely unchanged by time or man -- the perfect place, they believe, for bison to roam again.

U.N. Says Thousands of Contaminated Industrial and Military Sites in Iraq Need Clean Up
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Uta Harni Schfeger, Associated Press

Thousands of contaminated industrial and military sites left over from wars in Iraq must urgently be cleaned up to stop them from further harming people's health and the environment, a U.N. agency said Thursday.

Moderate Republicans Balk at Refuge Drilling
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Bennett Roth, Houston Chronicle

A House Republican push to pass federal budget cuts is being stymied by opposition from moderate Republicans to a provision that would allow oil and natural gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

New York State To Cut Greenhouse Gases from Cars
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Cars sold or registered in New York state must cut carbon dioxide emissions beginning in 2009, state officials said Wednesday, in Republican Gov. George Pataki's latest break with the Bush Administration over steps to cut greenhouse gases.

Science Panel Says Corps of Engineers, Louisiana Lack Overall Plan for Restoring Wetlands
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Army Corps of Engineers and state of Louisiana lack an overall plan for restoring coastal wetlands, a National Academy of Sciences panel said Wednesday.

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