Ecosystems

ADM up to the Green Challenge
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Amy Hoak, Herald & Review

E-mails from colleagues and acquaintances around the world have been landing in Mark Matlock's inbox. The reason for the flurry of correspondence: Relaying congratulatory words for Matlock and his employer, Archer Daniels Midland Co., which recently won two Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.

Blinding Sandstorms Disrupt Flights, Everyday Life in Iraqi Capital
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Frank Griffiths, Associated Press

Blinding sandstorms swept across the Iraqi capital Tuesday for a fourth straight day, disrupting air travel, slowing traffic and blanketing the city in a gritty film.

Draft Legislation Sides With Developers Over Majority of Americans: Defenders of Wildlife
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Draft legislation prepared by Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Cal.) would severely undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and punch loopholes in the law on behalf of oil companies, large-scale developers, timber companies, mining corporations, and other special interests.

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.

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