Ecosystems

Water Crisis Looms as Himalayan Glaciers Shrink, Environmental Group Warns
March 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Fowler, Associated Press

The shrinking of Himalayan glaciers could fuel an upswing in flooding in China, India and Nepal, before creating water shortages for hundreds of millions of people across the region, a leading environmental group warned Monday.

High Levels of Mercury Found in Vt. Birds
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists have found high levels of mercury in songbirds on Vermont mountaintops. Researchers at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science announced this week that mercury was found in the blood and feathers of the rarely seen Bicknell's thrush on Mount Mansfield and Stratton Mountain.

Australian Scientists Prove Less Trees, Less Rain
March 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australian scientists have found that deforestation along the Amazon River in South America was reducing rainfall and causing climate change in the region.

Tribes and Forest Service Discuss Sacred Sites
March 10, 2005 12:00 AM - David Melmer, Indian Country Today

Tribal leaders, elders and members met with National Forest Service officials in a two-day consultation/listening session to begin a process of forming an advisory group, define consultation and sacred sites in an atmosphere a majority of people described as powerful and unprecedented in dealings with federal agencies.

Senate Tries New Strategy to Win Alaska Drilling
March 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

The Bush administration's aim to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling was included in a draft Senate budget resolution on Wednesday, improving its chances of passage after repeated filibusters, a senior Republican senator said.

Invasive Tree Species Infestation Spotted
March 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Janis L. Magin, Associated Press

Researchers using a sophisticated sensor aboard an aircraft flying at the edge of space were able to spot an invasive tree species starting to take over native forests near the Big Island's Kilauea Volcano, according to a study published Monday.

Shooting Hobbyist Invents Eco-Friendly Target
March 9, 2005 12:00 AM - John Nolan, The Wisconsin State Journal

Joe Schroeder is a man who isn't afraid to pull the trigger on an inventive idea. Living on a portion of his family's farm in Juneau, the self-employed 44-year-old used to spend time pondering ways to fire his shotgun at targets across the open spaces. But, an environmentally conscious shooting hobbyist, Schroeder could not bring himself to fire a single shot.

Mercury Study Identifies Problem Spots
March 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A four-year study in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada released on Tuesday identifies several so-called mercury "hot spots" and suggests contamination by the toxic metal is more pervasive than originally believed.

Cherished Tradition Sparks Battle over Beach Access along Great Lakes
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Walking along the waterfront is a cherished activity in the Great Lakes region, with its thousand miles of shoreline. But some worry that a lawsuit might lead to limits on the beach access people have long enjoyed.

Botswana Elephants Hit Namibia Crops, Environment
March 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter Apps, Reuters

Botswana's growing elephant population is increasingly thundering across the border into neighboring Namibia and causing havoc, an environmental development group says.

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