Ecosystems

Reef Expert Gives Back to Asia
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

The horrific images of tsunami-battered shores in Southeast Asia recalled to Deborah Brosnan her own personal disaster in that part of the world. She and her husband, Steven Courtney, survived a fiery jet crash in Taipei, Taiwan, that killed 83 passengers in 2000.

Birders Eye Winter Hummingbirds, Vagrants
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Esch, Associated Press

Chickadees, cardinals and titmice are common visitors to a snowy bird feeder. But hummingbirds? That's what Janet Allen saw last year in her yard in suburban Syracuse.

Council Votes to Restrict Bottom Trawling in Aleutian Islands
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Elizabeth M. Gillespie, Associated Press

A federal fishing council moved to ban bottom trawling on more than 370,000 square miles off Alaska's Aleutian Islands to try to protect coral beds and other sensitive fish habitat.

Report Warns Great Barrier Reef Could Die in 20 Years
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

It could take less that 20 years for rising sea temperatures caused by global warming to kill Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest chain of living coral, a newspaper reported Saturday.

U.S. Wildlife Experts to Teach Brazilian Environmental Police
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

American wildlife experts will teach Brazil's federal police how to crack down on environmental crimes, the government said.

Global Warming Treaty Set to Take Effect
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

After seven politically painful years, the Kyoto Protocol finally enters into force on Wednesday, reining in industrial emissions of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" in a first attempt to control climate change.

Senators Introduce Ocean Trash Bill
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators from coastal states introduced legislation Thursday calling for removal of the thousands of tons of ocean debris that wash up on U.S. shores each year.

Bush Plan Streamlines Strip Mine Permits
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette

The Bush administration on Thursday announced a plan to allow states to streamline the way coal operators obtain new strip mine permits.

Asia Quake, Tsunami Moved Islands, Shortened Days
February 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

The massive earthquake that triggered the Asian tsunami wobbled the earth on its axis, forced cartographers back to the drawing board and changed time by a fraction, but there's no need to adjust your clocks.

Aleutian Oil Spill Now Biggest in Alaska Since 1989
February 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A cargo ship that ran aground, split in two and poured fuel oil into the Bering Sea in December ranks as one of the biggest spills in Alaska, dwarfed only by the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, state environmental officials said Thursday.

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