Ecosystems

Caterpillars Becoming a Nuisance in Vermont
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Forest tent caterpillars have munched through thousands of acres of trees this year, but state officials don't expect the state's sugar maples to suffer any long term damage.

Firefighters Battle Forest Blaze in Southern Spain
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Firefighters and water-dropping aircraft renewed efforts Tuesday to douse fires that have burned about 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of forest in a national park in southern Spain.

Sierra Club Honors Three Members of a Mexican Forest Group
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - John Rice, Associated Press

A major U.S. environmental group on Tuesday honored three Mexican forest defenders for risking their lives and liberty to battle rampant logging in the mountains of Guerrero state.

Tiny Uruguay Pressed by Neighbor to Halt Pulp Mills
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Louise Egan, Reuters

Gualeguaychu used to be a sleepy Argentine town. That was before two European companies decided to build some of the world's largest pulp mills on its doorstep in neighboring Uruguay. Now it's a hotbed of protest as farmers, ecologists and politicians fearing the mills will lead to acid rain and a stench reminiscent of rotten eggs have taken to the streets to block the projects.

Malaysia Bans Open Burning around Kuala Lumpur and Central Selangor State as Haze Worsens
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysia has banned most forms of open burning, including camp fires and outdoor cooking, in a desperate measure to ease the stifling haze blanketing Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas due to smoke from forest fires in neighboring Indonesia.

Mexico Plans to Protect New U.N. World Heritage Site on Sea of Cortes
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mexican officials on Monday said they hoped to attract international experts to protect a sprawling new World Heritage Site on the Sea of Cortes in northwest Mexico.

Alaska Sea Otters to Get U.S. Protection
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Southwest Alaska's sea otters, which came back from the brink of extinction in the 1800s, are facing another dramatic decline and could be named a "threatened" species as early as Tuesday.

Bird-Filled Emirates Wetlands Diminishing
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Krane, Associated Press

The Khor al-Beidah lagoon is a pristine tidal flat teeming with wildlife, including endangered birds, sea turtles and manatee-like dugong that swim among its tangles of mangroves. But a bevy of dredges and construction gangs are about to begin transforming a 1,500-acre parcel into a $3.3 billion luxury conglomeration of homes, shops, marinas and beach resorts aimed at foreign buyers and tourists.

Portuguese Firefighters Struggle to Contain Wildfires
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Strong winds and sweltering temperatures fueled some 20 wildfires across drought-stricken Portugal on Thursday as the number of firefighters on duty nearly doubled compared to the previous day, authorities said.

Trees Are Killed to Save Rare Woodpecker
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press

In a sort of ecological trade-off, conservationists headed into the Arkansas woods Thursday to kill dozens of trees in hopes of helping the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird that up until recently was feared extinct.

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