Ecosystems

Forest Fires in Indonesia Blanket Malaysian Cities with Unhealthy Haze
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Forest fires in Indonesia's Sumatra province covered Malaysia's main city Kuala Lumpur and 32 other towns Tuesday with a smoky haze that reduced visibility to as low as one kilometer (half a mile). The Department of Environment said air quality in an area in central Perak state was "unhealthy," and it downgraded air quality in 32 other areas nationwide, including Kuala Lumpur, from "good" to "moderate."

Federal Judge Blocks Easing of Logging Rules in the Northwest
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Gene Johnson, Associated Press

A federal judge struck down a move by the Bush administration to ease logging restrictions in the Northwest, saying the government failed to consider the effect on rare plants and animals.

California Air Regulators Announce New Emission Factor for Dairies
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press

Dairies are the No. 1 source of smog-producing pollution in the San Joaquin Valley, producing more than even cars and light trucks, according to a report released by air regulators on Monday.

Researchers Say Arctic Teeming With Life
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Beneath its ice, the Arctic Ocean is teeming with life, says a team of international scientists that just completed a 30-day expedition to the northern ocean. With the aid of a remote-operated underwater vehicle, a photo platform lowered from the vessel, diving suits and 24-hour sunlight, the team collected samples from places never before seen by the human eye.

Louisiana Agonizes over the Future of its Majestic Cypress Forests
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Bald cypress, Louisiana's state tree, has never been sacred. If anything, using the great wood has always been the Louisiana way. But that could change if Gov. Kathleen Blanco decides that Louisiana's sinking and disappearing coastline just can't take another culling of its majestic delta forests.

Scientists are Seeing More Dead Birds, Fewer Fish on the Pacific Coast
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Marine biologists are seeing mysterious and disturbing things along the Pacific Coast this year: higher water temperatures, plummeting catches of fish, lots of dead birds on the beaches, and perhaps most worrisome, very little plankton -- the tiny organisms that are a vital link in the ocean food chain.

Loss of Wolves Changes Canadian Ecosystem
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

The loss of once-plentiful wolves in a part of Canada's west allowed the elk population to mushroom, pushing out beavers and songbirds and showing the importance of top predators, Canadian researchers said Monday.

British Artist Turns off the Tap -- after Turning the Water on for a Month
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Sarah Blaskovich, Associated Press

British artist Mark McGowan finally shut off the spigot Friday -- 32 days after turning on the water in an art gallery's kitchen sink as part of an exhibit intended to mock the waste of water.

Australia Says ASEAN Nations Keen on New Climate Pact
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Southeast Asian countries have expressed interest in joining a new U.S.-led partnership to cut greenhouse gas emissions by developing technology and economic incentives, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said.

Myanmar Forest Officials Receive U.S. Prize for Environmental and Wildlife Conservation
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A U.S. environmental group has honored two Myanmar forest officials for their outstanding efforts to protect the environment and wildlife, state-run media reported Saturday.

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