Ecosystems

Spending on Environment Yields Big Returns, Report Says
September 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Spending to protect the environment, from coral reefs to forests, can bring big returns to aid a worldwide assault on poverty, a U.N.-backed report said Wednesday.

Aspen Institute Releases Report on Community Forestry
September 15, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The Aspen Institute announced that its Community-based Forestry Demonstration Program will release the report, Growth Rings: Communities and Trees, the product of a six-year effort funded by the Ford Foundation.

Bay Conservation Group Formed by Three Berkeley, California Women Hits 40
September 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times

Sylvia McLaughlin didn't need to look far from her living room window in the early 1960s to see that the Bay Area was losing its most scenic asset, the San Francisco Bay. Garbage landfills on filled marshes caught fire and glowed red at night, reinforcing the image of the shoreline as a place to dump rather than recreate.

On Beyond Organic Radio: Sustainable Forests
September 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Every year, a single American consumer uses the equivalent of a tree measuring 100 feet high and 16 inches in diameter. That's nearly 300 million trees a year to give us paper, shelter and furniture. Worldwide, 50 acres of forest land are cleared every minute causing loss of precious wildlife habitat and massive erosion that will continue to affect our world for long after our own lifetimes.

Mexico Beats Deadline for Eliminating Ozone-Depleting Chemicals
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press

Mexico has stopped producing ozone-depleting chemicals four years before a deadline set by an international agreement, Mexican Environment Secretary Jose Luis Luege Tamargo announced Friday.

Captive Breeding Seen as Lifeline for Amphibians
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Amphibian experts are likely to urge captive breeding to slow a catastrophic rate of extinctions threatening a third of all species of frogs and salamanders, a leading scientist said.

California Business, Environmental and Government Leaders Forge Action Plan to Protect Habitat and Guide Growth
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

California business and environmental leaders have laid important groundwork for the healthy growth of communities around the state.

Pensacola Opposes EPA Plan To Leave Contaminated Soil Untreated
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Pensacola, Fla. city council has voted unanimously to oppose the federal government's plan to leave mounds of contaminated soil untreated at a former wood treating plant.

Republicans Eye Expanding U.S. Offshore Drilling
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

Barely a month after President Bush signed a $14.5 billion energy bill into law, Hurricane Katrina's destructive dance through the U.S. oilpatch is being seized on by Republicans as a reason to open more federal offshore waters to drilling.

Tainted Loons, U.S. Senators Tackle EPA on Mercury
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters

The scruffy loon chick let out an unpracticed version of the water bird's famed call as researchers tested it for mercury from its native northern New England, home to one of America's highest known concentrations of the dangerous toxin.

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