Ecosystems

Thousands Count Endangered Bird in India
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Ramola Talwar Bedam, Associated Press

Carrying binoculars and notebooks, thousands of nature lovers and conservationists scoured semiarid grasslands of western India Sunday to count a bird considered on the brink of extinction.

Court Rejects Effort by States to Force Bush Administration to Regulate Greenhouse Gases
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

States lost a bid Friday to force the Bush administration to regulate heat-trapping industrial gases that have been blamed for global warming. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the Environmental Protection Agency acted properly when it rejected a nonprofit group's petition.

Brazil Considers Moratorium on Amazon Logging
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The government could ban logging in Brazilian forests for up to a year to slow destruction of the Amazon rainforest, the country's environment minister said Friday. Marina Silva said the government was considering a ban of between six months and a year to preserve the world's largest remaining tropical wilderness.

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.

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