Ecosystems

Japan Scrubs Iraq Marshland Donor Conference amid Constitution Negotiations
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Hans Greimel, Associated Press

A donors conference to coordinate the revival of southern Iraq's once-lush marshlands has been canceled because of the ongoing stalemate in Baghdad over the country's constitution.

Appeals Court Says Feds Must Increase Protection for Depleted Pacific Groundfish
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

An appeals court ruled Wednesday that the federal government must increase protections for the Pacific fish species commonly known as red snapper, whose population has been depleted by overfishing.

Congressional Panel To Hear of Woes at National Parks
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott S. Greenberger, Boston Globe

The Adams National Historical Park in Quincy is blessed with a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including a wet-pressed copy of the Declaration of Independence presented to John Adams in the 1820s, but many visitors don't get to see them.

Indian State Bans Sale, Use of Plastic Bags
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Ramola Talwar Badam, Associated Press

The government of the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Wednesday banned the manufacture, sale and use of all plastic bags, saying they choked drainage systems during recent monsoon rains.

Rio Grande Valley Havens Are Preserving Nature -- and Boosting Area Communities
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Anton Caputo, San Antonio Express-News

The salty lake located north of Edinburg is part of a 5,000 acre-tract of the wildlife refuge. Shimmering white salt drifts -- which might be mistaken for snow, if not for the 90-plus-degree heat -- ring the shallow brown water. Beyond those lie thousands of acres of dense Tamaulipan thornscrub, a hearty combination of mesquite, prickly pear, shrubs and grasses.

Tough But Fragile, Turtles Take to Italian Hospital
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Robin Pomeroy, Reuters

The island hospital is small, sparsely equipped and very often the patients are so large that they have to be tipped sideways to get them to the operating table. Fortunately, the patients are tough enough to withstand being knocked against a doorframe -- they are protected by a solid shell bigger than a manhole cover.

Housing Conservation -- An Editorial
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Bangor Daily News

A plan to preserve wildlife habitat while providing affordable housing on Mount Desert Island exemplifies what should be the future of land conservation and development in Maine. Just as there cannot be unlimited development, there cannot be broad mandates against future development.

Panel Sees Growing Threat in Melting Arctic
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The rate of ice melting in the Arctic is increasing and a panel of researchers says it sees no natural process that is likely to change that trend. Within a century the melting could lead to summertime ice-free ocean conditions not seen in the area in a million years, the group said Tuesday.

Survey Confirms Sea Squirts in Maine
August 23, 2005 12:00 AM - David Sharp, Associated Press

A survey of Cobscook Bay has uncovered the presence of sea squirts, an invasive species that scientists fear could overwhelm valuable shellfish beds and alter the marine ecosystem, researchers said Monday.

From Landfills to Sludge Fields, Tour Showcases Garbage
August 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Johnson, Associated Press

Smelly sludge sewage fields and landfills aren't the usual stuff of sightseeing tours in a city that likes to show off its architecture and lakefront parks.

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