Ecosystems

Brazil Vows Slowdown of Amazon Destruction
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Hay, Reuters

Destruction of Brazil's Amazon rain forest will slow down in 2005 after the murder of a U.S. nun prompted the government to launch an unprecedented crackdown on illegal loggers and ranchers, the head of Brazil's environment agency said Monday.

Great Salt Lake Mercury Worries Scientists
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Federal scientists studying the Great Salt Lake have found some of the highest levels of mercury ever measured anywhere -- prompting concern about some of the migratory birds that feed on the lake's brine shrimp.

Coastlines Already Damaged by Pollution Suffered More from Tsunami than Others, Says U.N. Official
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Maliti, Associated Press

Coastlines already damaged by pollution and man's poor land management suffered more from the southeast Asian tsunami than those with healthy coral reefs and other natural protection, the U.N. environment chief said Monday.

Mexico Suspends Permit for Controversial U.S. Research Ship
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mexico announced Friday it has suspended permits for a U.S. research vessel conducting sound-wave experiments in the Gulf after the ship ran aground on a coral reef and damaged it.

California in Deal to Preserve Hearst Coastal Area
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Adam Tanner, Reuters

California has completed a $95 million deal that has the state receiving 13 miles of pristine coastline and an agreement from the Hearst Corporation barring development of 81,000 acres of adjacent ranch land, officials said Friday.

Careful Flooding May Restore Iraq Marshes, Experts Say
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Wetlands that once sheltered Marsh Arabs and a host of wildlife in southern Iraq are being partly restored and could offer a haven once again if it is done right, experts said Saturday.

Court Finds Fault with EPA Haze Program for Parks, Wilderness
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a government-approved program used by five Western states to improve their air quality and visibility in national parks and wilderness areas.

EPA Sets Exposure Limit for Fuel Pollutant
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The government on Friday issued its first safety standard for perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel and explosives and blamed for widespread contamination of drinking water especially near many military sites.

Environmentalists Sue Bush Administration over New Forest Rules
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Environmentalists sued the Bush administration on Thursday over new rules for managing the 192 million acres of national forests.

Gulf States Talk about Reducing the Shrimp Fleet to Aid Struggling Shrimpers
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Despite winning tariffs on imports of farm-raised shrimp from six Asian and South American nations this year, Southern shrimpers are still struggling and are now considering whether to limit the number of boats trawling for shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico.

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