Ecosystems

Scientists Plan to Reintroduce Gray Whales off UK
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Squadrons of Gray whales could be winging their way across the Atlantic within a decade to restock British waters under plans put forward by two conservation scientists. Andrew Ramsey and Owen Nevin of the University of Lancaster's School of Natural Resources in northern England floated the idea at a meeting in Brazil earlier this week.

U.S. Senate Panel Begins Work on Greenhouse Gas Cuts
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

A senior Senate Republican said Thursday he will pursue legislation that may eventually require U.S. industry to cut gases linked to global warming, a view sharply at odds with the White House and many other Republicans. However, crafting legislation that would reduce emissions without being too costly to the U.S. economy will not be easy, said Pete Domenici, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.

Peasants Pay with Blood to Save Mexico Forest
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Lorraine Orlandi, Reuters

Reyna Mojica saw her two boys shot to death just weeks ago, an attack she traces to a vendetta she says began in 1998 when her family helped block hundreds of logging trucks in Mexico's Sierra Madre. They call themselves the Peasant Ecologists of the Petatlan Sierra and their fight to save a swath of forest near the Pacific coast is among the world's most important struggles against deforestation, Greenpeace says.

New Study Shows Benefits of Sustainable Forestry Certification
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - GreenBiz.com

A new study has found that independent, third-party certification for environmentally and socially sustainable management of timberlands has led to vital, measurable improvements in the protection of forests, wildlife, and stakeholder rights worldwide as well as to the long-term economic viability of forestry operations.

Federal Report Cites Environmental Lapses in Oil and Gas Drilling
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Interior Department is spending so much time approving oil and gas drilling permits on public lands that it often fails to do an adequate job policing the environment, congressional investigators say.

Londoner Purposely Wastes Water in the Name of Art
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Sarah Blaskovich, Associated Press

Mark McGowan went into the tiny backroom kitchen of a south London gallery three weeks ago and flipped on the cold water. He didn't turn it off, and doesn't plan to for an entire year. "The Running Tap," as it's called, is McGowan's effort to protest against wasted water in London by blatantly letting it go down the drain.

Canada Court Deals Blow to Natives Seeking Rights
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

Canada's Supreme Court dealt two major blows Wednesday to native Indian groups who are seeking more control over large tracts of land and resources as a way of escaping grinding poverty.

Scientists Find Antarctic Has Strong Ecosystem
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

An expansive ecosystem of knee-high mud volcanoes, snowy microbial mats and flourishing clam communities lies beneath the collapsed Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica, say researchersThe discovery made in February in a deep glacial trough in the northwestern Weddell Sea was detailed this week in Eos, the weekly newspaper of the American Geophysical Union.

Canada Planes to Monitor Arctic for Ship Pollution
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canadian spotter planes will for the first time start monitoring Arctic waters for illegal discharges of waste by ships which could damage the region's delicate environment, officials said Tuesday.

Clinton Warns of Global Warming Dangers
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Former President Clinton sounded a warning Tuesday against the dangers of climate change as he met with young South Africans, and had lunch with anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

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