Ecosystems

European Commission Includes Airlines in Pollution-Cutting Emissions Trading Plan
September 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Jan Sliva, Associated Press

The European Commission approved plans on Tuesday to include airlines in the EU's emissions trading program aimed at cutting carbon dioxide.

Cocaine Is Killing Colombian Nature Parks
September 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Kim Housego, Associated Press

Cocaine is killing the great nature parks of Colombia. Government spraying of coca plant killer is driving growers and traffickers out of their usual territory into national parks where spraying is banned. Here they are burning thousands of acres of virgin rain forest and poisoning rivers with chemicals.

Invasive Mosquito Species Found in Midwest
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Salter, Associated Press

A species of mosquito common in the eastern U.S. and capable of carrying the West Nile virus has made its way to the Midwest for the first time, a finding made by a college undergraduate, Washington University officials said Monday.

Decision to Remove Causeway Sparks Debate
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Douglas administration decision to remove the Missisquoi Bay causeway over Lake Champlain has sparked a debate over how that will affect habitat for the spiny soft shell turtle.

Mississippi Fears Post-Katrina Rebuilding Could Ruin the Variety of the Coastline
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press

A month after Hurricane Katrina smashed fishermen's shacks, casinos and historic mansions alike, civic leaders in Mississippi are turning their attention to rebuilding, and are wondering this: Will the coast be restored in all its variety? Or will it give way to strip malls and walls of high-rise condos?

UN Recommends Capture, Storage of Carbon Dioxide Underground To Prevent Global Warming
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Phil Couvrette, Associated Press

Existing technology should be used to capture and store carbon dioxide underground to prevent emissions and curb global warming, experts suggested in a comprehensive report released by the United Nations.

Bush Urges Americans To Cut Back on Unnecessary Travel To Conserve Gas
September 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Nedra Pickler, Associated Press

President Bush urged Americans on Monday to cut back on unnecessary travel to make up for fuel shortages caused by Hurricane Rita as he prepared to take his seventh trip to the Gulf Coast. Bush said the government was ready to release fuel from its emergency oil stockpile to alleviate high prices.

Montana Faces Eternal Clean-Up of Toxic Lake
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Adam Tanner, Reuters

Long before Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans with what officials describe as a dangerous toxic soup, Montana's mining capital struggled to deal with a massive watery hazard.

Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Bull Trout Habitat
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday said it will designate more than 100,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana as critical habitat for the threatened bull trout.

Early Snowmelts Heating Alaska Arctic, Study Suggests
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Spring snowmelt in Alaska's Arctic is occurring progressively earlier, accelerating the region's climate change and helping produce its warmest summers in at least 400 years, according to a new study.

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