Ecosystems

Captain Launches TV Show To Spotlight Fragile Florida Ecosystems
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Dana Sanchez, The Bradenton Herald, Fla.

Yeah right. That's what Kim Ibasfalean would have said 14 years ago if someone had told her she'd one day star in a movie. Kim and a group of her protegees kicked off a television program in August aired weekly on Manatee County's fledgling cable station, Suncoast Network 96. Her evolution into filmmaking came largely from a desire to communicate her intimate knowledge of changes to the fragile waterways around Cortez.

Spawning Turtles Return to Mexico Despite Threat
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than 100,000 protected Olive Ridley sea turtles have lumbered onto a Mexican beach in recent days to lay some 10 million eggs, just weeks after poachers massacred spawning turtles on the same stretch of sand.

Protecting China’s National Treasure
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Claire Doole, WWF International

It is hard to take your eyes off China’s national icon as it happily munches on a bamboo shoot, apparently oblivious to the shrieks of delight from a party of schoolchildren. Unfortunately, this is not that rare moment of spotting an endangered species in the wild, but one shared with the 600 or so visitors who come each day to the panda breeding centre in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

Florida Conducting Coral Reef Study
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Coralie Carlson, Associated Press

Hovering above a coral reef, two divers in wet suits examine and measure the dozens of coral beneath them, recording their findings on clipboards and waterproof paper. The pair is conducting a new, state-funded study to analyze the health of the coral reef off Florida's coast that scientists hope will change the way reefs are cared for worldwide.

Conservationists Warn Great Apes Face Extinction
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - David Lewis, Reuters

Poaching, logging and disease will soon wipe out the last of the world's great apes unless new strategies are devised to save humankind's closest relatives, conservationists said on Monday.

Post-Katrina, Gulf Barrier Islands More Vulnerable
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Hurricane Katrina swamped barrier islands along the Gulf Coast, further gnawing away at the dunes and beaches that act as hurricane speed bumps and leaving the coastal area even more vulnerable to big storms.

Navajos Receive Award for Banning Uranium Mining
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today

The Karl Souder Water Protection Award of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center was awarded to three Navajos, including a youth and a tribal councilman, for their role in banning uranium mining on the Navajo Nation.

Endangered Plants Focus of New Study
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Taylor, Associated Press

Species conservation doesn't just apply to faraway rain forests or endangered whales. A network of botanical institutions is launching an unprecendented study of endangered native U.S. plants to determine their potential for recovery -- and in hopes of preventing their disappearance.

Irish Coral Reefs Bulldozed by Deep-Sea Trawlers
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Deep-sea fishing trawlers are bulldozing 4,500 year-old cold water coral reefs off western Ireland, a British marine biologist said on Monday. Dr Jason Hall-Spencer, of the University of Plymouth in southern England, estimated that about 40 percent of the coral reefs had been destroyed.

Iran Seeks to Save Rare Cheetahs
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press

Two groups of rare Asiatic cheetahs were spotted in central Iran during recent months, raising hopes that one of the world's fastest moving creatures could be saved from extinction, a conservation official said Saturday.

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