Ecosystems

Malaysia To Introduce Prison Sentences for Illegal Logging
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The government will impose mandatory prison terms to punish people who illegally harvest wood from rain forests in Malaysia, one of the world's largest exporters of tropical timber, authorities said Tuesday.

Seventy Thousand Homes? Not So Fast, Say Activist Groups
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Kevin Spear, The Orlando Sentinel

Central Florida's real-estate boom is delivering plans for mega-developments at a pace not seen in nearly two decades. As many as 70,000 new homes have been proposed this year alone within 15 projects stretching from north Volusia to south Lake County. They could take a few years or a few decades to rise from what is now mostly vacant land.

Fields in Tsunami-Damaged Aceh Could Take Up To Five Years To Recover
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Farmers have started replanting some fallow fields in Indonesia's tsunami-devastated Aceh province, but it will take up to five years to rehabilitate the hardest-hit areas, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Monday.

Millions of Idled Acres Getting Another Look
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Clayton, Omaha World-Herald

Agriculture, wildlife and conservation groups expect a conference next week in St. Louis to be where the U.S. Department of Agriculture lays out its plan for dealing with vast amounts of land contracts in the Conservation Reserve Program.

NEXRAD Waterfowl: Conservation at the Speed of Light
August 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The next generation of wildlife biologists is using a tool to help manage waterfowl, and migratory birds in general. It's the same tool you might rely on hoping to see tomorrow's sky will be dark, blustery and gray. It's NEXRAD Doppler radar.

Global Coalition Meeting in Nigeria Unveils New Initiative To Save Falling Fish Stocks
August 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Dulue Mbachu, Associated Press

Some of the world's biggest international agencies are launching a global initiative to help developing countries manage dwindling fish stocks by curbing illegal fishing and halting the deterioration of marine ecosystems, the World Bank said Thursday.

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.

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