Ecosystems

Future Unclear on $2 Billion-a-Year U.S. Land Reserve
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles Abbott, Reuters

A vast amount of fragile land set aside for a taxpayer-funded conservation program that pays U.S. farmers $2 billion a year is about to lose its protected status, and environmentalists are demanding changes to bring more soil, water and wildlife benefits at a lower cost.

U.N. to Start Marathon in Bonn to Widen Kyoto
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A U.N. meeting in Germany next week will start a marathon bid to extend the U.N.'s Kyoto protocol on fighting global warming and persuade the United States and developing nations to take part from 2012.

California Judge Sides with Conservationists Opposed to Building Thousands of Homes Near Tahoe
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

A judge has sided with conservationists trying to block construction of thousands of homes north of Lake Tahoe, saying a local development plan "builds in opportunities to create environmental mischief" and violates California law.

Portuguese Police Investigated Real Estate Deal Approved by Prime Minister
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Police are investigating a real estate deal in which the environment minister -- now Portugal's prime minister -- gave the go-ahead in 2001 to chop down 700 protected cork trees to build houses, a sports complex and a shopping mall, the newspaper Publico said Saturday.

NYC Officials Battle Longhorned Beetles
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Polka-dotted 1.5-inch bullet-shaped beetles and parks officials are going head-to-head in a battle for the city's trees. Two Central Park trees found infested with the Asian longhorned beetle were chopped down on Wednesday and were to be burned in a bid to destroy the eggs buried in the wood, parks department spokeswoman Dana Rubinstein said.

Man Tries to Revive Honeybee Population
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Rathke, Associated Press

Todd Hardie of Honey Gardens Apiaries is dedicated to his honeybees. In December he and a group of volunteers scooped up 600 hives out of the snow, packed them onto a tractor trailer and drove them south to South Carolina. The bees, threatened by the deadly varroa mite, had a better chance of surviving the winter and thriving down south, he said.

In School Cafeterias, Trash Piling High Despite Recycling Efforts
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Ben Feller, Associated Press

As students walk by with their lasagna, snacks and fruit, Sally Oswald sees a cafeteria routine that most parents do not. This is no lunch line. It's a trash line. Students at Hammond Elementary toss away half-eaten apples, untouched sandwiches and portions of pizza slices.

Bahrain Adds Sea Horse-Shaped Island to Odd Collection of Manmade Gulf Archipelago
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Adnan Malik, Associated Press

Man-made islands shaped like palm trees and a map of the world are already rising above the turquoise Persian Gulf, and Bahrain said Wednesday it wants to join the craze by building an island of its own -- in the shape of a sea horse.

Backpackers Flock to Rebuild Thai Party Island
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Tarrant, Reuters

Two young British men sit shirtless on a Phi Phi beach, wearing surfer shorts, leather thong necklaces and Indian bracelets -- an iconic image of one of the great party-hard destinations on the hippie-backpacker trail.

EarthNews Radio: Cheetahs in Danger
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Cheetahs are a unique and beautiful creature, one which we are in real danger of losing to extinction.

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