Ecosystems

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.

Environmentalists Criticize Route of Planned Siberia-Pacific Pipeline in New Report
November 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Environmentalists slammed the proposed route for an oil pipeline from Siberia to Russia's Pacific in a report released Tuesday, arguing that it could send 4,000 tons of crude spilling into the world's largest freshwater body in just 20 minutes if ruptured.

U.S., Chinese Environmental Chiefs Start Regular Meetings on Cleaner Atmosphere
November 9, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The world's established superpower and superpolluter is meeting with an emerging superpower and superpolluter, seeking new and greener common ground.

Half China Fast-Food Containers Health Hazard, Paper Says
November 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Half the disposable fast-food containers, bowls and spoons used in China are hazardous to health, the China Daily said, quoting the results of a nationwide investigation.

Lands Could Reopen to Logging
November 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

A deal between the Bush administration and timber industry probably will restart chain saws across millions of acres of Western Oregon in the next few years, including reserves set aside for the northern spotted owl and other wildlife.

Trash Haulers Move Mountains, Yet More To Go
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Diana Moskovitz and Phil Long, Miami Herald

That mountainous mess of Wilma debris filling your front yard and killing your grass is not going to vanish overnight. Think more like New Year's night -- perhaps later. It may be 2006 before all the trash from Wilma is gone from South Florida, waste-management officials in Miami-Dade and Broward counties say.

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