Ecosystems

Rains Prompt Rare Wildflower Display in Death Valley
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

A rare burst of color is softening the stark landscape of Death Valley, with clusters of purple, pink and white wildflowers dotting the black basalt mountainsides and great swaths of golden blooms bordering the blinding white salt flats on the valley floor.

EPA Issuing New Rules on Mercury Pollution from Power Plants
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration planned to issue the nation's first regulations to cut mercury pollution from electric utilities Tuesday, relying on a market trading system that gives companies 15 years to reduce it nearly by half.

Ministers from 20 Countries Meet in London to Discuss Climate Change
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Johnson, Associated Press

The United States repeated its objection to the Kyoto climate change treaty Tuesday, as ministers from 20 countries gathered in London for a conference on global warming.

Photos Show Climate Change as Ministers Meet in UK
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

A photo of Mount Kilimanjaro stripped of its snowcap for the first time in 11,000 years will be used as dramatic testimony for action against global warming as ministers from the world's biggest polluters meet on Tuesday.

EU Ministers Reach Deal on Agency to Manage Fisheries
March 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

European Union members clinched a deal Monday intended to protect cod and other threatened fish species from overfishing by setting up an agency to manage fisheries.

Water Crisis Looms as Himalayan Glaciers Shrink, Environmental Group Warns
March 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Fowler, Associated Press

The shrinking of Himalayan glaciers could fuel an upswing in flooding in China, India and Nepal, before creating water shortages for hundreds of millions of people across the region, a leading environmental group warned Monday.

High Levels of Mercury Found in Vt. Birds
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists have found high levels of mercury in songbirds on Vermont mountaintops. Researchers at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science announced this week that mercury was found in the blood and feathers of the rarely seen Bicknell's thrush on Mount Mansfield and Stratton Mountain.

Australian Scientists Prove Less Trees, Less Rain
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australian scientists have found that deforestation along the Amazon River in South America was reducing rainfall and causing climate change in the region.

Tribes and Forest Service Discuss Sacred Sites
March 10, 2005 12:00 AM - David Melmer, Indian Country Today

Tribal leaders, elders and members met with National Forest Service officials in a two-day consultation/listening session to begin a process of forming an advisory group, define consultation and sacred sites in an atmosphere a majority of people described as powerful and unprecedented in dealings with federal agencies.

Senate Tries New Strategy to Win Alaska Drilling
March 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

The Bush administration's aim to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling was included in a draft Senate budget resolution on Wednesday, improving its chances of passage after repeated filibusters, a senior Republican senator said.

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