Ecosystems

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.

Global Warming Causes Soil To Release Carbon, Study Says
September 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter Graff, Reuters

Global warming is causing soil to release huge amounts of carbon, making efforts to fight global warming tougher than previously thought, scientists said on Wednesday.

Portuguese Government Announces Measures To Prevent Wildfires
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Barry Hatton, Associated Press

The government is establishing a rapid-reaction brigade of firefighters and purchasing a fleet of water-dropping aircraft in an effort to curb the damage caused each year by wildfires, a top official said Tuesday.

Water Crisis Looms as Himalayan Glaciers Melt
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Sugita Katyal, Reuters

Imagine a world without drinking water. It's a scary thought, but scientists say the 40 percent of humanity living in South Asia and China could well be living with little drinking water within 50 years as global warming melts Himalayan glaciers, the region's main water source.

Few Choices To Rid New Orleans of Poisoned Water
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

The potentially toxic brew of chemicals and human waste in the New Orleans floodwaters will have to be pumped into the Mississippi River or Lake Pontchartrain, raising the specter of an environmental disaster on the heels of Hurricane Katrina, experts say.

Captain Launches TV Show To Spotlight Fragile Florida Ecosystems
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Dana Sanchez, The Bradenton Herald, Fla.

Yeah right. That's what Kim Ibasfalean would have said 14 years ago if someone had told her she'd one day star in a movie. Kim and a group of her protegees kicked off a television program in August aired weekly on Manatee County's fledgling cable station, Suncoast Network 96. Her evolution into filmmaking came largely from a desire to communicate her intimate knowledge of changes to the fragile waterways around Cortez.

Spawning Turtles Return to Mexico Despite Threat
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than 100,000 protected Olive Ridley sea turtles have lumbered onto a Mexican beach in recent days to lay some 10 million eggs, just weeks after poachers massacred spawning turtles on the same stretch of sand.

Protecting China’s National Treasure
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Claire Doole, WWF International

It is hard to take your eyes off China’s national icon as it happily munches on a bamboo shoot, apparently oblivious to the shrieks of delight from a party of schoolchildren. Unfortunately, this is not that rare moment of spotting an endangered species in the wild, but one shared with the 600 or so visitors who come each day to the panda breeding centre in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

Florida Conducting Coral Reef Study
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Coralie Carlson, Associated Press

Hovering above a coral reef, two divers in wet suits examine and measure the dozens of coral beneath them, recording their findings on clipboards and waterproof paper. The pair is conducting a new, state-funded study to analyze the health of the coral reef off Florida's coast that scientists hope will change the way reefs are cared for worldwide.

Conservationists Warn Great Apes Face Extinction
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - David Lewis, Reuters

Poaching, logging and disease will soon wipe out the last of the world's great apes unless new strategies are devised to save humankind's closest relatives, conservationists said on Monday.

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