Ecosystems

Seattle Mandates Recycling
February 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Elizabeth M. Gillespie, Associated Press

Garbage hauler Frank Treto quickly spots enough junk mail and cardboard to warrant whipping out a bright yellow warning tag, one of hundreds he's doled out since the city's mandatory recycling law took effect this year.

Scientists Find New Coral Species
February 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists have discovered a new species of brushy coral that flames like a white and pink Christmas tree hundreds of feet below the Channel Islands.

Experts Baffled by Finch Die-Off in Alaska
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An increasing number of redpolls are dying off in the Fairbanks area this winter, baffling wildlife biologists. Experts had suspected the red-capped finches were dying of salmonellosis, but preliminary cultures did not confirm the presence of the bacteria.

Mangrove Forests Reduce Impact of Tsunami and Cyclones, Ecological Experts Say
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Archana Mishra, Associated Press

Mangrove forests along coastal shores sharply reduced the impact of the recent tsunami in different parts of Asia, environmental experts meeting in eastern India said Wednesday.

EU Wants to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions Beyond 2012
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union head office proposed plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2012 on Wednesday, arguing that environmental protection need not come at the expense of economic growth if countries work together.

Ancient Beasts Raise Questions about Climate Change
February 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard and Spokes Mashiyane, Reuters

The signs of the scuffle were fresh but it is a struggle that has gone on for tens of millions of years. Just minutes before, dozens of tiny turtles had burst from the sand under the cover of darkness to make a mad dash for the sea by running a deadly gauntlet of ghost crabs.

African Countries Sign Treaty to Protect Rain Forest
February 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Bryan Mealer, Associated Press

Seven Central African countries signed a landmark treaty Saturday to establish cross-border partnerships to help save the world's second largest rain forest.

Researchers Probe Antarctica's Shifting Ice, 'Not Sure What's Going On'
February 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Researchers Probe Antarctica's Shifting Ice, 'Not Sure What's Going On'

Scientists looking southward from the tip of South America, over steel-gray waters toward icy Antarctica, see only questions on the horizon about the fate of the planet.

Organisms Found in Deepest Part of Ocean
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Tiny single-celled organisms, many of them previously unknown, have been discovered beneath nearly seven miles of water in the deepest part of the ocean.

Food Scarcity Predicted with Rising Temperatures, Falling Water Tables
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A global warming trend will reduce farm yields and make food supplies scarcer over the next century, an environmental group said Thursday, citing data from the United Nations and the National Academy of Sciences and trends in the world rice market.

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