Ecosystems

Young Malaysian Trash Pickers Make Turtle Nesting Beaches Pristine as Part of Global Cleanup
September 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Vijay Joshi, Associated Press

Schoolchildren and volunteers removed loads of rubbish Saturday from the nesting grounds of endangered sea turtles along eastern Malaysia's beaches as part of a global environmental cleanup that draws millions of participants annually.

An Uncertain Future for a River that Helps Feed the Nation
September 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

It begins as fresh snowmelt, streaming from Mount Ritter's gray granite faces into Thousand Island Lake, a bouldered mirror. The clear blue water spills out through a narrow canyon, and the San Joaquin River is born.

EU Delegation Signs Deal with Bosnia on Environmental Monitoring System
September 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union and Bosnia-Herzegovina agreed on Friday to establish a system for monitoring the Balkan country's environment, a statement said Friday.

Scientist Says Global Warming Options Exist
September 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Global warming poses a threat to the earth, but humans can probably ease the climate threats brought on by rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, global climate specialist Richard Alley told an audience at the University of Vermont.

Italy and Algeria Pledge To Further the U.N. Fight against Desertification
September 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Robin Hindery, Associated Press

Representatives from Italy, Algeria and the United Nations introduced several initiatives Thursday as part of the U.N.'s expanding effort to combat desertification and related problems like poverty.

Bush Administration To Fortify Stretch of U.S.-Mexico Border Despite Endangered Species Concerns
September 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Seth Hettena, Associated Press

The Bush administration said Wednesday it will fortify the westernmost stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border, despite concerns the project will harm a refuge for endangered birds.

Spending on Environment Yields Big Returns, Report Says
September 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Spending to protect the environment, from coral reefs to forests, can bring big returns to aid a worldwide assault on poverty, a U.N.-backed report said Wednesday.

Aspen Institute Releases Report on Community Forestry
September 15, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The Aspen Institute announced that its Community-based Forestry Demonstration Program will release the report, Growth Rings: Communities and Trees, the product of a six-year effort funded by the Ford Foundation.

Bay Conservation Group Formed by Three Berkeley, California Women Hits 40
September 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times

Sylvia McLaughlin didn't need to look far from her living room window in the early 1960s to see that the Bay Area was losing its most scenic asset, the San Francisco Bay. Garbage landfills on filled marshes caught fire and glowed red at night, reinforcing the image of the shoreline as a place to dump rather than recreate.

On Beyond Organic Radio: Sustainable Forests
September 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Every year, a single American consumer uses the equivalent of a tree measuring 100 feet high and 16 inches in diameter. That's nearly 300 million trees a year to give us paper, shelter and furniture. Worldwide, 50 acres of forest land are cleared every minute causing loss of precious wildlife habitat and massive erosion that will continue to affect our world for long after our own lifetimes.

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