Ecosystems

Environmentalists Urge Hong Kong Disneyland To Suspend Firework Displays on Polluted Days
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Environmentalists on Saturday urged Hong Kong Disneyland to suspend fireworks displays at the theme park when pollution is bad in the area.

Environmental Group Slams Indonesian Plan for Huge Plantation in Heart of Borneo Forest
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Indonesia's proposal to build the world's largest palm oil plantation along its border with Malaysia would have a devastating impact on forests, wildlife and the local population, an environmental group warned Monday.

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit to Reverse Crucial Scripps Permit
August 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Josh Hafenbrack, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Environmental lawyers are mounting what they say is their strongest challenge yet to the Scripps Florida biotech park at Mecca Farms, even as the county moves to sell land at the site.

Environmental Work in Cambodia Earns Actress Angelina Jolie Citizenship
August 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

King Norodom Sihamoni has signed a special decree giving movie star Angelina Jolie Cambodian citizenship in recognition of her environmental work in the country, a senior official said on Thursday.

Officials Discover Giant Waterfall in California National Park
August 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press

Dick McDermott knows these parts as well as any man can. But McDermott says he's never laid eyes on the nearly 400-foot waterfall that park officials recently discovered in a remote corner of the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, 43,000 acres of wilderness in northern California.

EU Blames Drought, Human Negligence for Rise in Forest Fires in Southern Europe
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Constant Brand, Associated Press

Drought and human negligence are to blame for the recent rise in forest fires across Europe, the European Union's head office said Wednesday, warning the situation in southern Europe remained precarious.

Air Pollution Hits Emergency Level in Malaysian Port Town from Indonesian Forest Haze
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jasbant Singh, Associated Press

Air pollution exceeded emergency levels in two Malaysian towns Thursday as a smoky haze from forest fires in Indonesia shrouded Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs in a pall of noxious fumes in the country's worst environmental crisis since 1997.

Transportation Bill Includes Controversial $207 Million Pet Project for Hastert
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Maura Kelly Lannan, Associated Press

The massive transportation bill President Bush signed Wednesday includes $207 million for a pet project of House Speaker Dennis Hastert -- a new road connecting two major highways in his district. Some locals say it will promote urban sprawl, hurt the environment and swallow up fertile farmland.

Caterpillars Becoming a Nuisance in Vermont
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Forest tent caterpillars have munched through thousands of acres of trees this year, but state officials don't expect the state's sugar maples to suffer any long term damage.

Firefighters Battle Forest Blaze in Southern Spain
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Firefighters and water-dropping aircraft renewed efforts Tuesday to douse fires that have burned about 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of forest in a national park in southern Spain.

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