Ecosystems

U.S. Joins with Five Asian Countries to Counter Climate Change
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The United States and five Asian and Pacific nations, including China and India, agreed Wednesday on a partnership to use cleaner energy technologies in hopes of curtailing climate-changing pollution.

Witnesses Say Bears Back in Switzerland
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Bears may have returned to Switzerland, more than 100 years after disappearing from their Alpine habitat, according to eyewitnesses.

Crews to Move 12 Million Tons of Radioactive Waste away from River in Utah
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Thiessen, Associated Press

The Department of Energy plans to move a 12 million ton heap of radioactive waste away from the banks of the Colorado River, a major source of drinking water for about 25 million people, officials said Monday.

Environmental Groups Sue Feds over Grazing at Glen Canyon
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Cyndy Cole, The Arizona Daily Sun

Two environmental groups are suing the Bureau of Land Management, the Park Service and Interior Secretary Gale Norton over grazing in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The lawsuit filed Friday has implications for ranching in northern Arizona and southern Utah, including for those who ranch in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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.

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