Ecosystems

Scientists Say Road Salt Harms Environment
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The use of salt to melt snow and ice from slippery roads has an environmental downside that can affect a widespread area long after winter has passed, scientists say.

Mich. Moose Population Slump Continues
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Mercilessly hounded by blood-sucking ticks, the Isle Royale moose herd is on a downward spiral -- and the wolf packs that roam the national park in Lake Superior are taking advantage.

Idaho Senate Finalizes Historic Water Agreement
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Chuck Oxley, Associated Press

The state Legislature has ratified a historic agreement between the Nez Perce Indian Tribe, the federal government and the state's water users, setting water policy in Idaho for the next 30 years.

Poacher Turns Protector to Save Elephants in Africa
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Gray, Reuters

Desire Dontego is no longer an elephant poacher but he can still boast like one. "I was known as the killing machine," he declared after darkness fell in the Cameroon rainforest, the constant chirping of insects the only sound apart from his voice.

Study Says Ravens Thriving in Alaska Oil Fields
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

At least one animal appears to be benefiting from oil development in Alaska's North Slope -- the common raven -- according to one new study.

Damaging Alien Snail Found in Georgia
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A voracious, fast-breeding South American snail that is a problem in four states and Indonesia has been discovered for the first time in Georgia, officials say.

G-8 Environment Ministers Discuss Illegal Logging
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The impact of extreme weather on African communities and the environmental threat of illegal logging were expected to top the agenda Thursday at the start of a two-day meeting of environment ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations.

Venezuela Defends Disputed Land Seizures
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Patrick Markey, Reuters

Venezuela Tuesday defended a plan to seize land from four private farms, including a UK-owned ranch and an eco-tourism reserve, after critics warned the move was illegal and would undermine investor confidence.

Nobel Peace Winner Appeals for Protection of African Forests in Rome
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Marta Falconi, Associated Press

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner appealed Tuesday for better protection of Central Africa's forests in an attempt to eradicate poverty and bring peace to the region, a U.N agency said.

Agency Orders Power Plant Mercury Pollution Cut by Nearly 50 Percent
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration on Tuesday ordered power plants to cut mercury pollution from U.S. smokestacks by nearly half within 15 years but left an out for the worst polluters.

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