Ecosystems

In Coastal Battle of Wits Between Man and Otter, Man Concedes
November 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

To appease fishermen, Fish and Wildlife banned otters in 1987 from California waters south of Point Conception near Santa Barbara -- with one exception.

Judge Blocks California Sequoia Logging Project
November 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A federal judge temporarily barred a logging project Monday that would have included a small section of California's Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Air Regulators Push for Stricter Plan To Cut Mercury Pollution
November 15, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

State and local air regulators unhappy with the Bush administration's approach to mercury pollution offered a competing plan Monday that would require coal-burning power plants to cut mercury emissions more deeply and more quickly and would raise home electric bills throughout the East and Midwest about a dollar a month.

World Forest Losses Slowing but Still Alarming, UN Says
November 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Crispian Balmer, Reuters

Some 13 million hectares of forests are destroyed around the world each year, an area the size of Greece, although the net loss of trees has finally slowed thanks mainly to new plantations, the United Nations said on Monday.

Galapagos Volcano Fire Threatens Endemic Tree Species
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Galapagos Volcano Fire Threatens Endemic Tree Species

A fire sparked by last month's volcanic eruption on the largest of the famed Galapagos Islands is threatening an endemic tree species, officials said Saturday.

Former French Environmental Official Warns Dominica about Overdevelopment
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

`Caribbean leaders must protect their environment or face the hefty cost of cleanup paid by developed countries, said the former French environmental minister.

Kayak Crusaders Persuade Polluters To Come Clean
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

Mark Riskedahl paddles his kayak through pounding rain, heading across the Columbia Slough to a riverbank pipe that pours chocolate-brown liquid directly into the water. Holding steady, he reaches out and fills a plastic bottle with the muck -- it smells like gasoline -- and seals it tight for a trip to the lab for testing.

Oil Spills from Hurricanes Staining the Coast
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

When Walter Estrade returned to his home in this refinery town 10 miles southeast of New Orleans, he expected the typical hurricane damage -- toppled trees, tossed cars, a waterlogged house. What he hadn't counted on was the oil.

Conservationists Creating Bison Preserve
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

When conservationists Curt Freese and Sean Gerrity look out on the rolling prairie of north-central Montana, they see grasslands largely unchanged by time or man -- the perfect place, they believe, for bison to roam again.

U.N. Says Thousands of Contaminated Industrial and Military Sites in Iraq Need Clean Up
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Uta Harni Schfeger, Associated Press

Thousands of contaminated industrial and military sites left over from wars in Iraq must urgently be cleaned up to stop them from further harming people's health and the environment, a U.N. agency said Thursday.

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