Ecosystems

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.

Caribbean Corals Hit by Warm, Storm-Spawning Seas
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Corals in the Caribbean are being damaged by the same warm seas that have fuelled Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the WWF conservation group said.

Alberta-Pacific Awarded Forest Stewardship Council Certification
September 22, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited certifier, SmartWood, in recognition of the company’s demonstrated environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management practices.

Waste Company Scraps Landfill Plan along Voting Rights Trail
September 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Phillip Rawls, Associated Press

The nation's largest trash hauler has scrapped plans to develop a landfill along the historic trail that commemorates the 1965 Voting Rights marches, a decision applauded by opponents.

Firms Pressure Russia To Adopt Kyoto Mechanisms
September 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two top Russian firms, power monopoly UES and services group Sistema, pressed the government on Monday to pass laws needed to implement the Kyoto Protocol, saying a lack of clarity was endangering environmental projects.

Congressman Calls for Investigation of Logging in Tree Reserve
September 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

An Oregon congressman called Monday for an investigation into how the Forest Service allowed 16 acres inside a rare tree reserve to be logged as part of a salvage harvest following a 2002 fire.

Army Corps Opens Tracts of Wetlands to Development
September 20, 2005 12:00 AM - John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune

Despite continued government pledges to protect wetlands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened thousands of acres of wetlands to development in recent months across the United States.

Conservation Groups Want $404 Million for Frogs
September 20, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

International conservation groups proposed a $404 million effort Monday to preserve frogs and other amphibians whose sensitive, porous skins often make them the first indicator of when nature goes awry.

Mississippi Begins Katrina Cleanup, but Where Will the Garbage Go?
September 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press

In a sandy construction site on the outskirts of town, more than a dozen trucks wait for their chance to unload tree limbs and feed a huge bonfire that will burn from dawn until dusk every day for months.

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