Ecosystems

Environmentalists Blast New Policy on Off-Road Vehicles
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Environmentalists and recreation groups decried a Forest Service plan to restrict off-road vehicles, saying the new policy could legitimize hundreds of illegal trails carved out by off-road enthusiasts.

UK Holds Energy Summit To Tackle Global Warming
November 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Stuart Penson, Reuters

Energy ministers from 20 countries met in London Tuesday to discuss how to tackle climate change through technology and persuade big polluters the United States, India and China to become involved in the fight.

Greenpeace To Pay Fine for Damaging Philippine Reef
November 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Greenpeace said on Tuesday it will pay nearly $7,000 in damages after the environmental group's flagship, the Rainbow Warrior II, hit a coral reef at a world heritage site in the southern Philippines.

Senators Tell National Park Service To Back Off New Management Guidelines
November 2, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Republican senators joined Democrats in telling the National Park Service on Tuesday to back off proposed new guidelines that could allow Segway scooters and more cell phones, noise and air pollution in the national parks.

Illegal Fish Threaten Wyo. Trout Stream
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Ben Neary, Associated Press

Burbot -- an aggressive, eel-like fish that eat young trout -- have been illegally stocked in a reservoir in southwest Wyoming, and officials say they now pose a threat to some of the state's premier trout water in the upper Green River.

Scientists Try to Explain Crash of Delta
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Biologists aboard the research vessel Scrutiny sounded the alarm a year ago when their nets came up with the fewest young striped bass and delta smelt since annual surveys began in 1959.

Swampy Part of New Orleans Turns into Dumping Ground
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

A swampy section of the city is becoming a dumping ground for paint cans, broken furniture, insulation and whatever else is in the rubble. From its beginnings, New Orleans has viewed the surrounding wetlands and Mississippi River as the logical places for its waste. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the city again is turning to the swamp.

Africa Lakes under Strain as Populations Rise
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Wangui Kanina, Reuters

Africa's 600-plus lakes are under unprecedented strain from rising populations and must be managed better if demand for fresh water is not to stir instability, a U.N. report published on Monday said.

Australia Uses New Methods To Protect Whales
October 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Fierce whale-hunting opponent Australia said on Friday it was expanding the use of satellite and DNA technology to track and research whales as it seeks to overturn the killing of whales for scientific purposes.

International Albatross Plan Proposes New Colonies
October 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

With almost all of the world's remaining short-tailed albatrosses breeding on a steep slope of a Japanese volcanic island that is subject to eruptions, mudslides and erosion, an international team of scientists has a proposal to help the endangered birds -- lure them to a safer island.

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