Ecosystems

Brazil's Soldiers Learn to Love the Jungle
April 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Angus McSwan, Reuters

A sign saying "The tears begin here" greets the young Brazilian soldiers as they clamber down from trucks and begin a march along a track in the Amazon jungle. Weighed down by two heavy packs, two rifles and tramping along in sweltering heat, several stumble and fall on the way.

White Pelicans Return to N.D. Refuge
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

Biologists are buoyed by the first wave of white pelicans returning to the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in central North Dakota.

State Department Pressed to Open North Dakota Drainage Project to International Judgment
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - William C. Mann, Associated Press

Officials from both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, in Washington to press Canada's case against a drainage project in North Dakota, urged the State Department on Wednesday to send the case to an international commission.

Alaska Starts Kill of Grizzly Bears to Boost Moose
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

For the first time since Alaska became a U.S. state, hunters will be allowed to use bait to lure and kill grizzly bears under a program intended to boost moose populations in parts of interior Alaska.

EPA Says 21 Counties in Nine States Now Meet New Air-Quality Standards
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Nalia Rulon, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that 21 counties in nine states are being removed from the government's watch list of areas in the country with the dirtiest air.

Canadian Automakers Volunteer to Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Duff-Brown, Associated Press

A landmark agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 17 percent over the next five years was formally signed Tuesday by the Canadian government and the country's automobile industry.

Federal, State Officials Sign 50-Year Plan to Protect Colorado River
April 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Ken Ritter, Associated Press

Water officials from California, Arizona and Nevada joined the federal government Monday in enacting a 50-year plan to protect the lower Colorado River and ensure states are able to get enough water and power from it.

Tsunami Survivors Grow Saplings to Remember the Dead and Protect from Waves
April 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Rajesh Mahapatra, Associated Press

As day breaks Sunday near the southern Indian coast, Idambai Duraiswamy carries a pot of water to an enclosure of saplings near the sea and pours it over a budding coconut plant that stands as a memorial to her 4-year-old daughter killed by the tsunami.

New York OKs $1.8M for Cleanups
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Egbert, Daily News

Several of New York City's brownfields will be getting some of Albany's green. An agreement signed last week by Gov. Pataki and the majority leaders of the state Senate and Assembly allocates $30 million for cleanup projects statewide, with just over $1.8 million coming to the city.

Shell to Reroute Pipelines in Russian Far East Oil Project over Gray Whale Fears
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Alex Nicholson, Associated Press

Royal Dutch/Shell said Wednesday it would reroute planned pipelines at its oil and gas project off the Russian Pacific island of Sakhalin, bowing to environmentalists' demands who said the pipelines passed too close to the feeding grounds of the endangered gray whale.

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