Ecosystems

EU Launches Plan To Protect Marine Environment
October 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Aoife White, Associated Press

The European Union head office on Monday launched a plan to make all of the EU's marine waters "environmentally healthy" by 2021. Environmental groups, however, slammed the EU strategy as toothless, saying it failed to set clear legally binding targets to force governments to take action.

SMART Papers Earns Forest Stewardship Council Credentials
October 25, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

SMART Papers today announced an expanded lineup of environmentally friendly printing papers including new Forest Stewardship Council certification of one of its 100% post-consumer waste uncoated papers in its Torchglow printing papers line.

Earthquake Dramatizes Human Ecological Assault on the Himalayas
October 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Denis D. Gray, Associated Press

This month's massive earthquake did not destroy Mohammad Shafi Mir's house and bury his mother, but what followed seconds later did: a torrent of boulders thundering down a mountainside.

Japan Struggling To Meet CO2 Emissions Target
October 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Hiroko Tabuchi, Associated Press

Japan's greenhouse gas emissions fell slightly last fiscal year, but the country is far from achieving its target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, a government report said Friday.

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.

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