Ecosystems

Sheep and Insects to Help Kill Exotic Weeds in Arizona Forests
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Three of Arizona's national forests will soon be providing a smorgasbord for weevils, flies, moths, beetles and sheep. The critters are expected to be sent in as early as this summer to munch on dangerous and invasive weeds that are harming endangered and threatened native plants and wildlife.

Alternatives to Ozone-Depleting Chemicals also Contributing to Climate Change, U.N. Says
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press

Alternatives to ozone-depleting chemicals in products like pesticides and aerosols are also contributing to climate change, according to a U.N. report released Monday.

States Look to National Guard as Last Resort in Coming Fire Season
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Melanthia Mitchell, Associated Press

The Northwest faces what could be one of its worst wildfire seasons in years, but military duty in Iraq means forestry officials might not be able to call on their states' National Guard units as much as they'd like.

Engineers Redesign Roads to Save Moose
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Trudy Tynan, Associated Press

At night on a dark country road, all that the headlights catch are the shadowy legs the size of tree trunks rising out of the pavement. Standing six feet at the shoulder, weighing up to 1,000 pounds, with massive antlers more than five feet across, moose tower over automobiles and have no fear of them.

Federal Lawmaker Advises People in Northern Australia to Bludgeon Toxic Toads to Death
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A government lawmaker advised people in northern Australia to bludgeon to death toxic toads that are advancing toward the region's main city, Darwin.

States Ask Court to Force EPA Action on Greenhouse Gases
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A coalition of 12 states and several cities asked a federal appeals court Friday to make the Environmental Protection Agency reconsider its decision not to regulate heat-trapping greenhouse gases as air pollutants.

On the U.S. Chesapeake, Asian Oyster Stirs Debate
April 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Andy Sullivan, Reuters

The oysters piled high in Rich Harding's boat are the best he's seen in years -- plump and healthy, with no signs of the diseases that have ravaged shellfish beds on the Chesapeake Bay.

Brazil's Soldiers Learn to Love the Jungle
April 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Angus McSwan, Reuters

A sign saying "The tears begin here" greets the young Brazilian soldiers as they clamber down from trucks and begin a march along a track in the Amazon jungle. Weighed down by two heavy packs, two rifles and tramping along in sweltering heat, several stumble and fall on the way.

White Pelicans Return to N.D. Refuge
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

Biologists are buoyed by the first wave of white pelicans returning to the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in central North Dakota.

State Department Pressed to Open North Dakota Drainage Project to International Judgment
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - William C. Mann, Associated Press

Officials from both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, in Washington to press Canada's case against a drainage project in North Dakota, urged the State Department on Wednesday to send the case to an international commission.

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