Ecosystems

Tiny Uruguay Pressed by Neighbor to Halt Pulp Mills
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Louise Egan, Reuters

Gualeguaychu used to be a sleepy Argentine town. That was before two European companies decided to build some of the world's largest pulp mills on its doorstep in neighboring Uruguay. Now it's a hotbed of protest as farmers, ecologists and politicians fearing the mills will lead to acid rain and a stench reminiscent of rotten eggs have taken to the streets to block the projects.

Malaysia Bans Open Burning around Kuala Lumpur and Central Selangor State as Haze Worsens
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysia has banned most forms of open burning, including camp fires and outdoor cooking, in a desperate measure to ease the stifling haze blanketing Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas due to smoke from forest fires in neighboring Indonesia.

Mexico Plans to Protect New U.N. World Heritage Site on Sea of Cortes
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mexican officials on Monday said they hoped to attract international experts to protect a sprawling new World Heritage Site on the Sea of Cortes in northwest Mexico.

Alaska Sea Otters to Get U.S. Protection
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Southwest Alaska's sea otters, which came back from the brink of extinction in the 1800s, are facing another dramatic decline and could be named a "threatened" species as early as Tuesday.

Bird-Filled Emirates Wetlands Diminishing
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Krane, Associated Press

The Khor al-Beidah lagoon is a pristine tidal flat teeming with wildlife, including endangered birds, sea turtles and manatee-like dugong that swim among its tangles of mangroves. But a bevy of dredges and construction gangs are about to begin transforming a 1,500-acre parcel into a $3.3 billion luxury conglomeration of homes, shops, marinas and beach resorts aimed at foreign buyers and tourists.

Portuguese Firefighters Struggle to Contain Wildfires
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Strong winds and sweltering temperatures fueled some 20 wildfires across drought-stricken Portugal on Thursday as the number of firefighters on duty nearly doubled compared to the previous day, authorities said.

Trees Are Killed to Save Rare Woodpecker
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press

In a sort of ecological trade-off, conservationists headed into the Arkansas woods Thursday to kill dozens of trees in hopes of helping the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird that up until recently was feared extinct.

Shuttle Commander Sees Wide Environmental Damage
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Franks, Reuters

Commander Eileen Collins said astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources. "The atmosphere almost looks like an eggshell on an egg, it's so very thin," she said. "We know that we don't have much air, we need to protect what we have."

Official Says Pelican Exodus Not Alarming
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

A top federal wildlife official says the pelican mystery at the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge may be a natural correction. Nearly 30,000 white pelicans abandoned the refuge last year, leaving eggs and chicks behind.

Virginia Officials Educate Immigrant Communities about U.S. Environmental Laws
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Dionne Walker, Associated Press

One year after a bear parts sting landed dozens of Asians in jail, Virginia officials are pursuing more effective ways to educate the state's diverse communities about environmental laws that often clash with cultural traditions.

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