Ecosystems

Seizing Their Chance, Conservationists Join Forces to Push Bills
February 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Michelle Cole, The Oregonian

Senate Democrats and conservationists gathered on the Willamette River's frigid banks Tuesday to announce the "most important" water quality proposal in 30 years, another in a long line of environmental protections they have championed.

Mexico Reports 75-Percent Drop in the Number of Monarch Butterflies
February 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

The Mexican government said on Tuesday that 75 percent fewer Monarch butterflies have appeared at wintering grounds here, largely blaming conditions in the United States and Canada for the decline.

Rampant Lobster Disease Mystifies Scientists
February 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter B. Lord, The Providence Journal

Scientists and fishermen tried to tackle the problem of Southern New England's dying lobsters yesterday afternoon, but after hours of talk it looked like they were stuck in the first 15 minutes of a crime-scene mystery.

Ranchers Blame Government for Prairie Dog Damage
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Chet Brokaw, Associated Press

Jerry Heinrichs says that because of the long-running drought across the West, his cattle had to compete with prairie dogs for the grass. And the prairie dogs won.

Feted and Hated, Kyoto Enters into Force
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A world plan to fight global warming goes into force on Wednesday, feted by its backers as a lifeline for the planet but rejected as an economic straitjacket by the United States and Australia.

Group Seeks Protection for Eastern Fish
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A group of Western county commissioners who have problems with the Endangered Species Act has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the northern snakehead, an Asian fish that's invaded the East, protected under the act.

Smokies Park Gets Bugs, Species Funds
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will receive an additional $1 million in its current budget, most of it for fighting a pest responsible for killing hemlock trees and for a program to catalog organisms found in the Smokies.

Kyoto Host Japan Still Far from Greenhouse Targets
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Elaine Lies, Reuters

To many, the word Kyoto conjures up images of tile-roofed temples and ancient traditions. More recently, it has gained perhaps even greater fame abroad by association with the international climate change treaty known as the Kyoto Protocol, which comes into force on Wednesday.

Little Fire Ants Invade the Big Island
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

It doesn't make as much noise as the coqui frog, but the little fire ant has invaded the Big Island, stinging fruit pickers and homeowners alike.

Reef Expert Gives Back to Asia
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

The horrific images of tsunami-battered shores in Southeast Asia recalled to Deborah Brosnan her own personal disaster in that part of the world. She and her husband, Steven Courtney, survived a fiery jet crash in Taipei, Taiwan, that killed 83 passengers in 2000.

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