Ecosystems

Hawaii Fights Spread of Small, Noisy Frogs
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

It's hard to imagine a tiny, 2-inch frog could cause so much harm. Beloved in its native Puerto Rico, the coqui frog has become a menace in Hawaii, where it suddenly appeared in the 1990s.

Chemical Contamination in Arctic Linked to Bird Droppings
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A major source of chemical contamination in the Arctic turns out to be bird droppings. A study by a group of Canadian researchers found that the chemical pollution in areas frequented by seabirds can be many times higher than in nearby regions.

Scientists Raise Alarm About Ocean Health
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

With a record number of dead seabirds washing up on West Coast beaches from Central California to British Columbia, marine biologists are raising the alarm about rising ocean temperatures and dwindling plankton populations

Caterpillars Invade New Mexico Forests
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Montova Bryan, Associated Press

Some of northern New Mexico's aspen stands have been stripped of their leaves by masses of wriggling caterpillars in search of food and a place to build a home, but forest officials are confident the trees will recover in time to show off their brilliant colors.

Turning Waste to Wealth Advancing at Landfills, Farms
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press

Jim Voss hopes his company will make a fortune out of garbage -- specifically the methane gas produced when tons of trash decay in landfills across the nation. That methane -- 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide -- has to go somewhere: federal rules requires large landfills to either burn it or pipe it away to be processed.

Court Dismisses Challenge to Bush Administration on Rules over Logging in National Forests
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Sarche, Associated Press

A federal appeals court dismissed an attempt by environmental groups to restore a Clinton-era ban on logging in roadless areas of national forests, saying their appeal became irrelevant when the Bush administration adopted a replacement rule.

Hurricane Dennis Flips Sunken Ship Upright off Key Largo
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The former USS Spiegel Grove, serving as artificial reef on the bottom in 130 feet of water off Key Largo, flipped upright as the core of the storm passed some 200 miles to the west. The Spiegel Grove is the most popular artificial wreck in the Florida Keys, home at least 166 different fish species, said Lad Akins of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation.

Program Encourages Governors to Help with Sensible Community Design
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Carroll, Associated Press

Governors can help foster sensible and sustainable community planning in their states by pursuing designs that don't unduly burden water supplies or force residents to drive everywhere they want to go, says a coalition pushing for new approaches to development.

Singapore Opens Fourth Recycling Plant to Turn Sewage into Water
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Singapore on Tuesday opened its fourth recycling plant designed to turn sewage into water, as part of the water-scarce island nation's move to self-sufficiency.

Hollywood Could Help Save Madagascan Forests
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Cocks, Reuters

The hit movie "Madagascar" has raised hopes that its namesake island will benefit from higher tourist visits, which could encourage locals to conserve rainforests considered among the world's most pristine and rare.

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