Ecosystems

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.

Rwanda Symbolically Names Endangered Baby Gorillas
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur Asiimwe, Reuters

Rwanda held a traditional naming ceremony for some of its rare mountain gorillas on Saturday in an effort to attract tourism and help to preserve one of the world's most endangered species.

New Law Fails to Protect Wetlands
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Mladen Rudman, Northwest Florida Daily News

What's good for Northwest Florida's developers isn't good for its environment -- so contend the critics of a bill signed into law by Gov. Jeb Bush this week.

Poll Shows Europeans Skeptical of U.S. Environmental Stewardship
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Europeans trust their own countries to protect the environment far more than they do the United States, according to a poll released Thursday.

UPS Releases Report on Sustainability Goals
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

UPS, the world's largest package delivery company, this week released its third annual Corporate Sustainability Report.

Group Rejects Japanese Plans for Coastal Whale Hunt
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Japan suffered yet another setback on Thursday in its bid for more whaling when an international commission rejected a plea to allow Japanese coastal communities to hunt whales.

California Turns to Goats to Stop Wildfires
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson, Reuters

Move over Smokey the Bear. In California, thousands of goats are helping prevent wildfires. From hilly San Francisco to more rural settings, California landowners, business and officials have hired the voracious animals to devour the grass and brush that fuels wildfires.

Manatee Hotels, Resorts Reach Out to Environment
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Dana Sanchez, The Bradenton Herald

Ecotourism is the buzzword in the hospitality industry, and some hotels are tapping into what amounts to a new niche-market opportunity.

Valuable Native Koa Trees Seeing a Comeback in Hawaii
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

Yellowed grasses cover the lower southern slopes of Mauna Kea where impenetrable koa forests once stood on the Big Island. But Hawaii's largest endemic tree, with its sickle-shaped leaves, has reclaimed some of its former territory over the last two decades.

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