Ecosystems

Swedes May Be Freeze-Dried for Eternal Rest
September 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Sven Nordenstam, Reuters

"There's three things we can do with your mum. We can bury her, burn her or dump her." A fourth alternative -- freeze-drying -- could soon be added to British comedy group Monty Python's catalogue of burial methods.

California Air Quality Rules Too Taxing, Critics Say
September 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Sarah Ruby, Bakersfield Californian

A set of air quality rules meant to cut pollution from new development is being challenged by local politicians and builders who say they would unfairly tax new homes and businesses.

Ex-Interior Chief Calls For Land-Use Plan
September 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Staci Matlock, Santa Fe New Mexican

A 25-story, privately owned steel tower peering over the Gettysburg Battlefield in 1997 struck then Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt as a glaring example of how private property rights can negatively impact public land.

Whale-Rich Mexican Sea Named World Heritage Site
September 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Hundreds of islands in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, a major whale breeding ground, have been declared protected areas by the United Nations, the government said Monday.

Malaysia Urges Neighbors To Do More on Haze
September 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Manny Mogato, Reuters

Malaysia urged its neighbours on Tuesday to ratify an agreement to control air pollution in southeast Asia, a month after forest fires in Indonesia caused some of the worst haze in the region in eight years.

European Commission Includes Airlines in Pollution-Cutting Emissions Trading Plan
September 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Jan Sliva, Associated Press

The European Commission approved plans on Tuesday to include airlines in the EU's emissions trading program aimed at cutting carbon dioxide.

Cocaine Is Killing Colombian Nature Parks
September 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Kim Housego, Associated Press

Cocaine is killing the great nature parks of Colombia. Government spraying of coca plant killer is driving growers and traffickers out of their usual territory into national parks where spraying is banned. Here they are burning thousands of acres of virgin rain forest and poisoning rivers with chemicals.

Invasive Mosquito Species Found in Midwest
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Salter, Associated Press

A species of mosquito common in the eastern U.S. and capable of carrying the West Nile virus has made its way to the Midwest for the first time, a finding made by a college undergraduate, Washington University officials said Monday.

Decision to Remove Causeway Sparks Debate
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Douglas administration decision to remove the Missisquoi Bay causeway over Lake Champlain has sparked a debate over how that will affect habitat for the spiny soft shell turtle.

Mississippi Fears Post-Katrina Rebuilding Could Ruin the Variety of the Coastline
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press

A month after Hurricane Katrina smashed fishermen's shacks, casinos and historic mansions alike, civic leaders in Mississippi are turning their attention to rebuilding, and are wondering this: Will the coast be restored in all its variety? Or will it give way to strip malls and walls of high-rise condos?

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