Ecosystems

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.

Hong Kong Disneyland to Tell Customers about Environmental Harm of Shark Fin Soup
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Helen Luk, Associated Press

Customers who want shark fin soup served at their banquets at Hong Kong Disneyland will be told about the harm done by the industry that supplies the fins, a Disney spokeswoman said Friday.

Climate Changes Spur Plan for Alaska Village Move
June 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

With sea ice shrinking, permafrost thawing and sea storms becoming more frequent, residents of a remote Eskimo village in Alaska are preparing to move their entire community to more solid ground within four years, officials said Wednesday.

Border Patrol Horses Get Special Feed that Helps Protect Desert Ecosystem
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur H. Rotstein, Associated Press

Horses are crucial to the U.S. Border Patrol's enforcement efforts, especially in remote and rugged terrain. But what goes into the animals also comes out. And their droppings if they're eating hay can introduce alfalfa and unfamiliar weeds into the environmentally sensitive desert.

Coalition Urges UN Curbs on Harmful Ocean Sounds
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

An environmental coalition urged the United Nations Wednesday to take steps to protect whales, dolphins and other marine life from the powerful sound waves used in oil and gas exploration and by the world's navies to navigate and detect submarines.

U.S. Proposes Allowing Fish Farming up to 200 Miles off Coasts
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The Bush administration, seeking to tap into one of the world's fastest-growing food industries, wants to allow fish farming up to 200 miles off the nation's coasts. Citing pilot projects off New Hampshire, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, the administration said Tuesday it was sending a bill to Congress to establish regulations for fish farming, known as aquaculture.

Families to Donate Land to Park District
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times

Weston Cook wanted to leave the city behind and build a country home with plenty of elbow room for his children to roam. He and four other families bought 216 acres south of Brentwood five years ago, but hit a wall of opposition as conservationists and wildlife regulators balked at letting five homes sprawl over so much prime habitat for rare frogs, salamanders and other grassland survivors.

World Scientists Say Humans Causing Global Warming
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Scientists, including from the United States and China, threw down the gauntlet to world leaders on Tuesday saying mankind was the major source of global warming and urging action, one month ahead of a G8 summit.

Borneo Lowland Forests Face Extinction
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The lowland tropical rain forests in Indonesian Borneo could disappear in five years due to rampant logging and forest fires, endangering the survival of many exotic species, an international conservation group said on Tuesday.

Scientists, Politicians Gather in Sweden to Discuss Antarctic Environment
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Tommy Grandell, Associated Press

More than 300 scientists, experts and government representatives gathered in Stockholm on Monday to discuss the environmental issues facing the South Pole, and the effects global warming and increased tourism may have on the icy continent.`

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