Ecosystems

Greenpeace Wants Halt to Deep Seas Bottom-Trawling
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

Greenpeace issued a fresh call Monday to stop the practice of bottom-trawling, saying the international organizations that manage fish stocks were doing nothing to stop the destruction of ocean beds.

Scientists Lead Sea Expedition from Land
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard C. Lewis, Associated Press

The ship with all the gadgets and underwater rovers is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, but for the first time, the team of scientists directing the expedition is not on board. They're sitting inside a room thousands of miles away.

Poaching Becoming Rampant on Federal Land
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Margery Beck, Associated Press

Barbara Beasley was the first person called to investigate when three suspicious men were stopped on federal land in remote northwest Nebraska. It didn't take the U.S. Forest Service official long to find what they had been doing: digging an 18-by-10-foot hole more than 2 feet deep that left the fossilized bones of a prehistoric rhinoceros called a brontothere exposed.

Geologist Maps Underseas Terrain in Massachusetts
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

When geologist Page Valentine steams out for a trip off the state's picturesque coastline, he's far more interested in what he can't see. Valentine has been using sophisticated sonar to map 1,400 square miles of ocean floor off the Massachusetts coast for 11 years.

Scientists Say Many More Right Whales May Be Dying than Previously Thought
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

More than eight in 10 right whale deaths may be going undiscovered, according to marine scientists who called for emergency action to help prevent humans from accidentally killing the rare animal.

Los Angeles Ports Extend Hours to Reduce Pollution, Ease Congestion
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began operating on weekends and evenings Saturday in a new initiative designed to ease Southern California's worst-in-the-nation traffic congestion and smog.

Turf War Hits U.S. Aid for Tiger Conservation
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Subodh Ghildiyal, The Times of India

After generating heat across the country, tiger conservation has kicked off a turf war. The environment and forest ministry has given an outright thumbs down to a proposal for Indo-US cooperation for Bengal tiger conservation which would commit the US to funnel huge sums to the cause in return of a say in the project.

Michigan Attorney General Opposes Federal Interference in Great Lake Protection
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced today that he and five other Great Lakes Attorneys General have expressed to the United States Senate their strong opposition to pending legislation that would derail the states' efforts to protect the Great Lakes environment and economy from harmful aquatic invasive species.

California Adopts Emissions System for Big Trucks
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Engine manufacturers must install computer systems on big-rig trucks operating in California to diagnose and warn drivers of emission problems, according to an order issued by state air quality regulators Thursday. The order by the California Air Resources Board is the first such regulation in the United States for heavy-duty trucks.

Scientists Plan to Reintroduce Gray Whales off UK
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Squadrons of Gray whales could be winging their way across the Atlantic within a decade to restock British waters under plans put forward by two conservation scientists. Andrew Ramsey and Owen Nevin of the University of Lancaster's School of Natural Resources in northern England floated the idea at a meeting in Brazil earlier this week.

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