Ecosystems

Bays Spared Freshwater Waste, UMass Study Finds
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Reynolds, The Providence Journal, R.I.

Not too long ago, scientists believed that septic pollution and other similar waste in freshwater streams and rivers also posed a threat to the many saltwater bays on the coast.

Tree Sacrifice in Durham Pains Builder
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Margie Fishman, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

Mark Heizer recalls one Saturday in November when he set out to destroy 11 trees on his property at the behest of the city Public Works Department.

Bush, Schroeder to Make Pledges on Climate Change, Official Says
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Tony Czuczka, Associated Press

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and U.S. President George W. Bush were expected to make pledges on efficient energy use and combating air pollution at their meeting Wednesday in Germany, a government official said.

Up to 11 Wilderness Areas Could Join National Forest
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Steelhammer, The Charleston Gazette

As many as 11 and as few as zero new wilderness areas will be recommended for inclusion in the Monongahela National Forest, according to a recently released draft of an updated management plan for the 910,000-acre forest.

Green Waste a Burning Rural Issue
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Niesha Lofing, The Sacramento Bee

Temperatures are rising in Granite Bay over residents burning their green waste, a typically rural practice that continues to thrive in this changing community.

Japanese Government Gets Tough on Diesel
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Environment Ministry on Tuesday decided to introduce new regulations to tighten regulations on diesel vehicle exhaust fumes from 2009, with the aim of significantly lowering nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions, sources said.

More Japanese Firms Producing Materials Less Harmful to Environment
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Masayoshi Minato, Kyodo News International, Tokyo

An increasing number of Japanese corporations have begun producing biodegradable plastics and other materials less harmful to the environment than conventional ones using plants, reflecting rising environmental consciousness.

Tsunami-Hit Beach May Become Turtle Haven
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Conservationists want to turn a popular Malaysian beach hit by the tsunami into a protected nesting area for endangered sea turtles, which hatched there for the first time in over a decade -- probably because of a drop-off in tourists after the disaster.

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.

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