Ecosystems

Entrepreneurs Hope Grass Products Can Help Save Woods
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathy Gilbert, Chattanooga Times/Free Press

In a beige metal-clad building in a quiet Athens, Tenn., neighborhood, tens of thousands of tiny bamboo and Arundo donax grass plants are sprouting in baby food jars and plastic restaurant to-go containers. Susan and John Woods, co-owners of West Wind Technology Inc., aim to save the woods.

Blair Fights to Unite U.S., G-8 Partners behind Call for Action on Global Warming
July 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Geir Moulson, Associated Press

Environmentalists urged British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday to consider leaving a skeptical United States behind as he tries to unite the world's leading powers behind urgent action against global warming ahead of the G-8 summit.

Brazilians Suspect Foreigners Covet Amazon Rain Rorest
July 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Ecologists sounded the alarm: the Amazon rain forest is disappearing at the fastest rate in nearly a decade. But the outcry left many Brazilians suspicious.

Noxious Alien Weed Flourishing in South
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Graczyk, Associated Press

One biologist compares the persistent green weed to "The Blob," the title character in the 1950s sci-fi classic flick that grows and grows and consumes everything in its path.

London Hikes Congestion Charge to Force More Cars off the Streets
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Sarah Blaskovich, Associated Press

The cost of driving in central London is going up. Hoping to drive even more cars off the road, the capital is raising its "congestion charge" to eight pounds (US$14.16, euro11.80) on Monday, up from the previous five pounds (US$8.85, euro7.32). Drivers who pay for a month or more in advance get a 15 percent discount.

Amazon Officials Work to Protect Biological Riches in Brazil
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Amazon nations must protect the region's riches and knowledge from "biopirates" seeking to patent the rainforest's biological riches, an Ecuadorean official said Friday.

Hopi Plan Action against Forest Service
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today

"I am disappointed but not at all surprised at this latest decision of the Forest Service to uphold the desecration of Nuvatukyaovi (San Francisco Peaks)," Hopi Chairman Wayne Taylor said. Southwestern Regional Forester Harv Forsgren affirmed the decision by Coconino National Forest Supervisor Nora Rasure, which approved expansion and snow production from recycled water at the Arizona Snowbowl on San Francisco Peaks.

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.

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