Ecosystems

Florida Biologist Who Fought for Panthers is Reinstated to Job
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Craig Pittman, St. Petersburg Times

For six years biologist Andy Eller reviewed development permits to make sure that subdivisions built in the western Everglades would not wipe out habitat for the endangered Florida panther. But Eller's bosses at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service overruled him and developers went around him, even calling Florida's U.S. senators to get approval for projects.

Official Says Efforts to Solve Global Water Crisis Falling Short
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - George Gedda, Associated Press

Hundreds of billions of dollars investment are needed annually to help resolve water supply and sanitation problems in the developing world, far exceeding the sums that donor countries are capable of providing, a senior State Department official said Wednesday.

EPA Proposes Cutting Diesel Exhaust from Equipment Powered by Stationary Diesel Engines
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Pollution from electrical generators, compressors, agricultural pumps and other equipment powered by stationary diesel engines would drop by as much as 90 percent under a government proposal, The Associated Press has learned.

Gaza Settlers Stoke Ecological Fears over Beach Villas
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Megan Goldin, Reuters

Standing on a sand dune, his hand shading his eyes from the bright glare of the Mediterranean sun, park ranger Yair Farjun prepares for battle as he surveys Israel's last untouched coastal reserve. His fight is a bloodless one -- to ensure the survival of sea turtles, snakes and desert mammals whose habitat is being threatened by the relocation of thousands of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip to the nearby Nitzanim coastline in Israel.

Sanctuary for Donkeys, the Backbone of Ethiopia
June 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Anthony Mitchell, Associated Press

In a country where only half the population can afford or find medical treatment, a high-tech donkey clinic with its very own ambulance service may seem excessive. But not to the Ethiopian farmers who rely on these sure-footed, stoic beasts of burden.

Scientists Say Cod Off Nova Scotia Declining
June 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The collapse of cod stocks off Nova Scotia changed the marine ecosystem so dramatically that it may be impossible for cod to recover, according to a study by Canadian scientists that could have ramifications for cod stocks at Georges Bank.

Greenpeace Activists Picket Credit Suisse Moscow Office over Far East Oil Project Funding
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Alex Nicholson, Associated Press

About a dozen Greenpeace activists picketed Credit Suisse's downtown Moscow offices Monday over the bank's funding of a disputed oil and gas project on and around the Russian Far East island of Sakhalin.

Big River Open-Space Property Bill on Fast Track in Senate
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter B. Lord, The Providence Journal

Despite strong objections from environmental groups and individual senators, the Senate went out of its way yesterday to move along the Carcieri administration's plans to build a new state police headquarters on Big River Reservoir land that was set aside for drinking water and open space.

China Mulls Smog Tax for Big Cars, Report Says
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China is considering imposing new taxes on buyers of big cars to persuade drivers to buy environmentally friendly vehicles, a news report said Monday.

Fire Crews Fear More Wind, Heat and Low Humidity as Blazes Char Thousands of Acres in West
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer Dobner, Associated Press

Firefighters battled in hot, dry and windy weather Sunday to contain wildfires that have prompted evacuations, closed a major highway and covered much of southwest Utah with a dark, smoky haze.

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