Ecosystems

Amazon Destruction Accelerating in Brazil
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Axel Bugge, Reuters

The amount of land cleared in Brazil's Amazon jungle rose sharply again in 2003-2004, with environmentalists fearing more destruction is inevitable because of a farming boom.

Authorities Plan to Restrict Off-Road Vehicles in the Western U.S.
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Martin Griffith, Associated Press

For decades, off-road vehicle enthusiasts have been mostly free to roam U.S. federal forests and rangelands. Those freewheeling days could be numbered, though.

Nobel Winner Maathai Urges World Leaders to Plant More Trees
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai challenged government leaders and powerful elites Tuesday to get their hands dirty and plant trees to stop the alarming destruction and degradation of forests.

Groups Seek Tougher EPA Rules on Mercury from Power Plants
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Some of the nation's top environmental groups said Tuesday they will join the efforts of at least 13 states hoping to force industry to install mercury pollution controls tougher than those imposed this spring by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Cash Incentives Needed to Save Rain Forests
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Developing nations should be paid to preserve tropical rain forests from the Amazon to Africa as part of a drive to slow deforestation and global warming, a Papua New Guinea delegate said on Tuesday.

U.N. Climate Talks Start Hunt for Kyoto Successor
May 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A U.N. meeting took a tiny first step on Monday towards finding a successor to the Kyoto protocol on global warming, with calls for the United States and developing nations to take part after 2012.

Report Warns Oil Spill Funds Will Be Empty by 2009
May 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press

The federal fund used to clean up oil spills nationwide will be drained by 2009, in part because cleanups cost more than authorities collect from those responsible, according to a Coast Guard study released Monday.

Invasive Wood-Killing Wasp Found in N.Y.
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The discovery of a pernicious wasp in New York, the first time it's been found in the wild in this country, has scientists worried about a scourge that has devastated pine forests in other parts of the world.

Plan to Drain Lake in North Dakota Nears Completion, but Canada Has Environmental Concerns
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

The goal posts of the former high school football field here stand as buoys in a marshy swamp, marking the edge of a burgeoning lake that was nine miles from this town just a decade ago.

Tsunami Rebuilding Stalls as Survivors Confront Government Delays, Political Squabbling
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Political squabbling, donor demands and government indecision have stalled the building of roads, water treatment plants and nearly 180,000 homes for survivors of last December's tsunami.

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