Ecosystems

G-8 Environment Ministers Discuss Illegal Logging
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The impact of extreme weather on African communities and the environmental threat of illegal logging were expected to top the agenda Thursday at the start of a two-day meeting of environment ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations.

Venezuela Defends Disputed Land Seizures
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Patrick Markey, Reuters

Venezuela Tuesday defended a plan to seize land from four private farms, including a UK-owned ranch and an eco-tourism reserve, after critics warned the move was illegal and would undermine investor confidence.

Nobel Peace Winner Appeals for Protection of African Forests in Rome
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Marta Falconi, Associated Press

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner appealed Tuesday for better protection of Central Africa's forests in an attempt to eradicate poverty and bring peace to the region, a U.N agency said.

Agency Orders Power Plant Mercury Pollution Cut by Nearly 50 Percent
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration on Tuesday ordered power plants to cut mercury pollution from U.S. smokestacks by nearly half within 15 years but left an out for the worst polluters.

Greens Clash over S. African Elephant Cull Question
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A simmering battle over culling elephants has brought to light sharp divisions in the green movement over how to restrain a burgeoning population from outgrowing the confined wilderness of South Africa's parks.

Senate Prepares to Vote on Alaska Refuge Drilling Proposal
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Despite increased GOP strength, the Senate appeared to be evenly divided Tuesday in advance of a key vote on whether to allow oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge.

Raed G. Battah, The Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky.
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Forestry Consultant Brings Big Yields, Conservation to Bowling Green, Kentucky

Kraig Moore is more productive in the woods than in the office.

An End to Dead-Fish Dumps Signals a Step toward a Healthier Hood Canal
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Gordon, The News Tribune

The eggs were valuable. The filets were not. When Skokomish tribal fishermen couldn't profit from the tons of chum salmon they caught, they threw most of the dead fish into Hood Canal, where they figured crabs would eat them.

Rains Prompt Rare Wildflower Display in Death Valley
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

A rare burst of color is softening the stark landscape of Death Valley, with clusters of purple, pink and white wildflowers dotting the black basalt mountainsides and great swaths of golden blooms bordering the blinding white salt flats on the valley floor.

EPA Issuing New Rules on Mercury Pollution from Power Plants
March 15, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration planned to issue the nation's first regulations to cut mercury pollution from electric utilities Tuesday, relying on a market trading system that gives companies 15 years to reduce it nearly by half.

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