Ecosystems

Feds to Vote on Ocean Trawling Plan
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Federal regulators are preparing to vote on a plan to protect deep water corals and other sensitive fish habitat that will likely include a permanent ban on bottom trawling in large tracts of the Pacific Ocean.

Pricing Paradise By the Gallon
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Tamara Lush, St. Petersburg Times

Alex Caravella, a 73-year-old retiree, stands on his front lawn and ticks off the things he needs to make his grass take on the emerald hue of a golf course. "Money, labor, fertilizer, sunshine and water," he says. "Lots of water."

Rare Cave Crawfish Spurs Environment Study
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The rare cave crawfish, which lives in an area near Elm Springs, Arkansas, has spurred a study of the nearby environment in the hope of preventing development-related changes to the ecosystem that enables the blind crustacean to survive.

Coming Clean in Chesapeake Virginia
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot

Can heavy industry, homes and the environment get along in the same neighborhood? The Elizabeth River Project and University of Virginia representatives think so. The two entities are crafting a plan to revitalize Money Point in Chesapeake, so that this intensely industrialized and neglected community might one day become a healthier, cleaner and greener place to live and do business.

A Grizzly Situation for Wyoming Farmers, Residents: Ecosystem is Close By
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Cara Eastwood, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

Rancher Tom Bales' voice grew thick with emotion as he remembered the day his young daughter walked outside to feed her sheep and started screaming. As Bales rushed out of the house to see what was wrong, he saw what had frightened her: The three market lambs she had raised on bottles were spread around the farmyard in pieces.

Market Operates in Environmentally Friendly Building
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - John Harrington, The Independent Record

Dirk Ellis estimates that he's given three or four tours a day of his Strawhouse Market since opening the doors two-plus weeks ago.Inside, the building features ground source heat pump technology for heating and cooling, with close to two dozen closed wells drilled more than 200 feet into the ground to take advantage of the earth's year-round 52-degree temperature.

Cyclists Stage Naked Demonstrations in London, Madrid Against Over-Use of Cars
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hundreds of naked cyclists staged demonstrations Saturday to protest the West's dependence on gas-guzzling cars -- and to push for more use of bicycles.

U.S. Senate Panel Delays Lawn Mower Clean Air Plans
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard Cowan, Reuters

A Senate committee Thursday sought to delay the development of federal rules that would clamp down on emissions from lawn mowers and other high-polluting outdoor equipment.

Feds to Seek End of Federal Protection for Grizzlies in Yellowstone Area
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

Federal wildlife officials say they plan to propose ending Endangered Species Act protection for grizzly bears around Yellowstone National Park.

Indians Near Jungle Highway Fear Pavement Will Destroy Their Way of Life
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Clendenning, Associated Press

By the slow-moving Tapajos River, monkeys murmur in the forest and Munduruku Indians with bows and arrows tiptoe along the riverbank, hunting turtles. Two boys fish for the family lunch, not even bothering with bait. To attract the piranha, they simply bang on the side of their boat.

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