Ecosystems

Diesel Pollution Targeted in New York
April 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Frank Lombardi, Reuters

The New York City Council will vote today to choke off those black plumes of diesel pollution emitted by city-owned and contracted vehicles -- including 6,000 school buses.

Old Growth Up, Spotted Owl Numbers Down
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Ten years after the Northwest Forest Plan sharply reduced logging on national forests in the region, the amount of old growth forest is up but northern spotted owl populations are down and with no clear reason why, scientists reported Tuesday.

Brando Island to Become Luxury Resort
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Howard Breuer, Reuters

It was near where he filmed "Mutiny on the Bounty," and fell in love with his Tahitian co-star. Years later, it was Marlon Brando's retreat, where he would lie on the beach and marvel at the night sky.

Officials Want to Wire Earth for Continuous Readout of Vital Signs
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Imagine the planet wired for a nearly continuous readout on its vital signs, shared by all. That's the essence of a White House plan announced Monday.

Peru Judge Orders Cleanup of Town Polluted by U.S.-Based Metals Producer
April 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Vecchio, Associated Press

Environmentalists declared victory Friday after winning a preliminary civil court ruling ordering health officials to alleviate toxic emissions in La Oroya, a bleak, smoke-choked town where U.S.-based Doe Run Co. operates a metallurgical plant.

Canada Sees Threat from Soil in Chinese Toy Guns
April 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canada said Thursday it was ordering the recall of 21,000 Chinese-made toy guns because the weapons contained soil which could contaminate crops and forests.

Baby Rhino Named for Designer Marc Ecko
April 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Designer Marc Ecko, who made a rhino logo into a fashion statement, now has a zoo rhino named in his honor.

EPA Likely to Miss Deadline for Issuing Rule on Views, Air Quality in National Parks
April 15, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency seemed likely to miss a court-ordered deadline Friday for issuing new rules intended to improve the views and air quality in 156 national parks and wilderness areas.

Resident in Way of Everglades Restoration Project Finally Agrees to Millions for Home
April 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Jill Barton, Associated Press

A man who fought for years to keep his home and businesses in the swampy Everglades has accepted a $4.95 million buyout offer from the state, which plans to restore the wetlands ecosystem.

Conservationists to Convert Pesky Prairie Dogs into Valuable Farm Tools in Northern Mexico
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Conservationists have bought 46,000 acres of desert grasslands in northern Mexico in an effort to show the black-tailed prairie dog -- seen as a pest in much of the western United States -- can help grazing lands thrive.

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