Ecosystems

Debris from Hurricanes May Be Used To Fight Coastal Erosion in Louisiana
October 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

The mountains of debris created by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita could be the very stuff to protect Louisiana's ravaged coastline and keep hurricanes at bay.

Louisiana Wants Illinois Mud as Building Block for Devastated Marshes
October 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Mud from the Illinois River may soon be transported south to Louisiana to fill in wetlands tattered and punctured by Hurricane Katrina.

Mexico Gains Traction in Battle against Tire Dumps
October 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Mexico is making headway in a battle to remove mountains of used tires from eyesore dumps on the U.S. border, regarded as fire risks and breeding grounds for disease, authorities said Wednesday.

Rain-Forest Damage Much Worse Than Thought
October 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Loss of trees in the Brazilian rain forest is much worse than had been thought, according to a new study. Losses in clear-cut areas where all trees are removed have been monitored by satellite observations, but those were not able to detect the cutting of individual trees in areas where others are left behind.

Greenland Icecap Thickens Slightly Despite Warming
October 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Greenland's ice-cap has thickened slightly in recent years despite wide predictions of a thaw triggered by global warming, a team of scientists said on Thursday.

Selective Logging May Have Doubled Amazon Damage
October 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Raymond Colitt, Reuters

Damage to the Amazon rain forest may be twice as large than previously thought due to undetected "selective" logging, U.S. and Brazilian forest experts reported Thursday.

Saving the Planet at Flick of Switch
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Eve Black always turns the light off when she leaves a room and never leaves the TV on standby -- and she wishes others would follow suit.

Fears of Biopiracy Hampering Research in Brazilian Amazon
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Somewhere in the Amazon there may be flora and fauna that hold the key to curing diseases ranging from cancer to multiple sclerosis. That, at any rate, is the dream. But the reality is that the search for the next miracle drugs is being hampered by a deep Brazilian suspicion of "biopiracy."

Wal-Mart Switches to Corn-Based Plastic Packaging
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Harold Brubaker, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Wal-Mart is going green. The retail giant, which is also the nation's largest grocery seller, is beginning to switch from petroleum-based to corn-based plastic packaging.

EPA Review Names Intel No. 1 Workplace for Commuters
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Clint Swett, The Sacramento Bee

All it took was a few bagels to turn Mike Finkel into a bicycle commuter. When his employer, Intel Corp., held a bike-to-work day a few years ago, the company promised a bagel breakfast for riders -- which was enough to get Finkel on his bike that morning.

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