Alaska Sea Otters to Get U.S. Protection
August 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press
Southwest Alaska's sea otters, which came back from the brink of extinction in the 1800s, are facing another dramatic decline and could be named a "threatened" species as early as Tuesday.
Bird-Filled Emirates Wetlands Diminishing
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Krane, Associated Press
The Khor al-Beidah lagoon is a pristine tidal flat teeming with wildlife, including endangered birds, sea turtles and manatee-like dugong that swim among its tangles of mangroves. But a bevy of dredges and construction gangs are about to begin transforming a 1,500-acre parcel into a $3.3 billion luxury conglomeration of homes, shops, marinas and beach resorts aimed at foreign buyers and tourists.
Portuguese Firefighters Struggle to Contain Wildfires
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Strong winds and sweltering temperatures fueled some 20 wildfires across drought-stricken Portugal on Thursday as the number of firefighters on duty nearly doubled compared to the previous day, authorities said.
Trees Are Killed to Save Rare Woodpecker
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press
In a sort of ecological trade-off, conservationists headed into the Arkansas woods Thursday to kill dozens of trees in hopes of helping the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird that up until recently was feared extinct.
Shuttle Commander Sees Wide Environmental Damage
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Franks, Reuters
Commander Eileen Collins said astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources. "The atmosphere almost looks like an eggshell on an egg, it's so very thin," she said. "We know that we don't have much air, we need to protect what we have."
Official Says Pelican Exodus Not Alarming
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press
A top federal wildlife official says the pelican mystery at the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge may be a natural correction. Nearly 30,000 white pelicans abandoned the refuge last year, leaving eggs and chicks behind.
Virginia Officials Educate Immigrant Communities about U.S. Environmental Laws
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Dionne Walker, Associated Press
One year after a bear parts sting landed dozens of Asians in jail, Virginia officials are pursuing more effective ways to educate the state's diverse communities about environmental laws that often clash with cultural traditions.
Forest Fires in Indonesia Blanket Malaysian Cities with Unhealthy Haze
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Forest fires in Indonesia's Sumatra province covered Malaysia's main city Kuala Lumpur and 32 other towns Tuesday with a smoky haze that reduced visibility to as low as one kilometer (half a mile). The Department of Environment said air quality in an area in central Perak state was "unhealthy," and it downgraded air quality in 32 other areas nationwide, including Kuala Lumpur, from "good" to "moderate."
Federal Judge Blocks Easing of Logging Rules in the Northwest
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Gene Johnson, Associated Press
A federal judge struck down a move by the Bush administration to ease logging restrictions in the Northwest, saying the government failed to consider the effect on rare plants and animals.
California Air Regulators Announce New Emission Factor for Dairies
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press
Dairies are the No. 1 source of smog-producing pollution in the San Joaquin Valley, producing more than even cars and light trucks, according to a report released by air regulators on Monday.