Ecosystems

Fighting Sprawl, Virginia Town Seeks to Save Past
June 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Speeding west of Washington, D.C., on busy U.S. Route 29 -- past strip malls, fast-food outlets and row after row of new suburban homes -- it's easy to pass right by this tiny 18th century town.

Helping the Environment Around the Office
June 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

The day-to-day actions of regular working people collectively have an impact on the environment, and here are tips on how to be "greener" in your office.

Hurricane Season Could Renew Global Warming Debate
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Christie, Reuters

If hurricanes again pound the United States this summer, their roar is likely to be accompanied by the din of another storm -- an angry debate among U.S. scientists over the impact of global warming.

Base Closings Leave Behind Large Swaths of Pollution
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press

For decades, the land around the Navy's oldest submarine base was a dumping ground for whatever it needed to dispose of: sulfuric acid, torpedo fuel, waste oil and incinerator ash.

A Highway through theAmazon Promises Riches, but Some Fear Ecological Catastrophe
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Clendenning, Associated Press

Burly truckers share thermoses of sweet coffee, cook rice and beans on camp stoves and lounge in the shade of Amazon jungle palms, waiting for their rigs to be towed through a half-mile stretch of waist-deep mud.

Chesapeake Bay Grasses Recover in North
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Gretchen Parker, Associated Press

The underwater grasses that are crucial to filtering polluted Chesapeake Bay waters are recovering in the upper portion of the estuary, while other vast tracts continue to struggle, scientists reported Thursday.

Study Says Raw Sewage Killing Coral Reefs
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Coral reefs are far more likely to develop disease and die when exposed to bacteria and nutrients in raw sewage than coral in unpolluted areas, according to a study published last month in the Puerto Rico-based Caribbean Journal of Science.

New Program Aims to Reduce Alarming Destruction of Global Forests by Ten Percent Annually
May 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

The World Bank and the World Wildlife Fund announced a five-year program Wednesday to reduce the destruction of forests by 10 percent annually in an attempt to combat the alarming disappearance of the world's trees.

Nicaragua Enticing Budget Travelers and Real Estate Developers
May 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Doreen Hemlock, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

To the south, Costa Rica is known for its ecotourism. Farther north, Guatemala beckons with Mayan treasures and indigenous cultures. Now, Nicaragua is making a name as a Central American travel destination, too, welcoming guests to its beaches, Spanish colonial cities and other attractions.

Arctic Leaders Appeal Over Global Warming
May 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Constant Brand, Associated Press

Indigenous leaders from Arctic regions around the world called on the European Union on Tuesday to do more to fight global warming and to consider giving aid to their peoples.

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