Ecosystems

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.

Tough Steps Urged to Cut CO2 Emissions in Japan
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

A Japanese government task force approved a draft plan Tuesday for measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that significantly strengthens existing measures for fighting global warming, aiming at fulfilling the nation's obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.

Scientists Mystified by Herring Decline
March 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A steep decline in Puget Sound-area herring, a critical food source for larger fish, marine mammals and sea birds, has scientists mystified.

Major War Brewing over Efforts to Save Spokane River
March 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

Few cities have waterfalls thundering through the downtown core. Even fewer have one like Spokane's, which can be -- and often is -- shut off at the spigot.

Nine States File Lawsuit Challenging New EPA Mercury Regulations
March 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press

Nine states filed a lawsuit against the federal government Tuesday, challenging new regulations they say fail to protect children and expectant mothers from dangers posed by mercury emissions from power plants.

UPS to Implement Environmental Initiatives
March 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

UPS, the world's largest private package-delivery company, is implementing two initiatives to protect the environment.

Bamboo Shortage Threatens Pandas in China
March 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

Giant pandas in western China could be at risk of starvation because the bamboo plants that they eat are beginning to die off in a cycle that happens about every 60 years, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Air Pollution in Munich Exceeds EU Limit, Prompting Calls for Action
March 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Munich has become the first German city to violate a new European Union guideline on air pollution, authorities said Monday, prompting calls for quick action to combat emissions.

Activists Gear up to Fight Seal and Elephant Culls
March 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Animal rights groups have begun fresh public campaigns timed for the start of the annual seal hunt off the coast of Canada this week and suggestions that South Africa may kill elephants for population control.

African Union Appoints Nobel Laureate to Key Advisory Position
March 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Anthony Mitchell, Associated Press

The African Union has appointed Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmentalist, to chair an advisory commission on social and environmental policies.

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