Ecosystems

Greenpeace Plans Arctic Trek to Highlight Warming
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two Minnesota men said Tuesday they will attempt the first summertime crossing of the Arctic Ocean, a trek sponsored by the environmental group Greenpeace to show how global warming is melting the northern ice cap.

Taiwan Gets Tough on Trash as Space Runs Out
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard Dobson, Reuters

Sifting through garbage isn't something most people are very keen on but, in Taiwan, dodging the dirty duty could result in a fine of almost US$200. Every night, Chang watches her neighbors haul bags of trash past her laundry store to a street corner, where they wait for the wafting melody of Beethoven's Fuer Elise blared from loudspeakers to herald the arrival of the garbage truck.

U.S. Government Agrees to Consider Federal Protection for Two Rare Plants in U.S. Virgin Islands
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

The U.S. government agreed to rule on whether two plants species found only in the U.S. Virgin Islands should be placed under federal protection, settling a lawsuit Tuesday with an environmental group.

Forest Service Whistleblower Alleges Improper Pesticide Use in Southwest
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Montova Bryan, Associated Press

Forest Service managers created a potential threat to the public through risky spraying of pesticides and weed-killers in the Southwest, a federal official charges in a whistleblower complaint obtained by The Associated Press.

Australian Officials Announce Wild Camel Cull
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Meraiah Foley, Associated Press

Thousands of wild camels in Australia's Outback will be shot and killed from helicopters as part of an attempt to control the animals' burgeoning numbers, a state official and local media said Tuesday.

State Takes up Difficult Task of Setting aside Agricultural Land for Recreation
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Dana Nichols, The Record

State parks line the California coast like jewels on a movie star's necklace. But go inland to the vast Central Valley, and the jewels are replaced by farms, housing tracts and orchards. Except for a cluster of seven museums and historic sites in Sacramento, state parks are few and far between.

Diesel Engine Companies Challenge Emission Rules from California Air Pollution Regulators
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Diesel engine manufacturers went to court Friday to try to block stricter pollution standards set to take effect in a week, arguing state regulators reneged on a $1 billion legal settlement in 1998.

Colorado Wildlife Agency Says Feds Underestimated Effects of Drilling on Prized Plateau
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

A draft federal report on gas drilling on a prized 3,000-foot high plateau underestimates the potential impact on wildlife, ignores science and lacks enough details to make predictions, state wildlife managers say.

World Bank Says Polluted Air, Water a Growing Health Threat in East Asian Cities
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rapid urbanization is causing water and air pollution that poses an increasing threat to the health of people in East Asia's booming cities, the World Bank said Friday, citing two new reports on the environment.

Study Shows Antarctic Glaciers Shrinking
April 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Emma Ross, Associated Press

The first comprehensive survey of glaciers on the Antarctic peninsula has shown that the rivers of ice are shrinking, mostly because of warming of the local climate.

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