Ecosystems

Scientists Say Global Warming Hurts Africa
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rising global temperatures will hit Africa's poor the hardest, reducing their ability to deal with disease, feed themselves and earn a living, a scientist told an international conference on climate change Wednesday.

Carpool Lanes: Not Just for Carpools Anymore
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

If helping the environment isn't a good enough reason to buy a hybrid car, lawmakers are contemplating a powerful appeal to drivers' self-interest: an easier commute.

Crane Restoration Partners Pledge to Continue Efforts
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Tunstall, Tampa Tribune

Bird lovers trying to establish a migrating colony of whooping cranes east of the Mississippi River say they will dedicate at least three to five more years to the project.

Study Uncovers New Threatened Ecological Hotspots
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A global study has identified nine new environmental "hotspots," areas of great ecological diversity that are under threat and together shelter most of the planet's endangered plant and animal species.

Conservation Deal Takes Unusual Tack
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Rojas-Burke, The Oregonian

A string of privately owned islands on the Columbia River near Longview, Wash., has been set aside for wildlife conservation, adding to a growing corridor of marshes, forests and flood plains managed by the Vancouver-based Columbia Land Trust.

EU Reports Thinning Ozone Layer over Arctic; Possible Threat to Human Health
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Raf Casert, Associated Press

Record low temperatures over the North Pole are thinning the protective ozone layer, a condition which could affect human health in northern countries and even central European nations, the European Union warned Monday.

Scientists Keep Eye on Alaska Volcanoes
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists continue to monitor two volcanoes that the Alaska Volcano Observatory says could send dangerous ash into the air at any time.

China Presses Three Gorges Project to Heed Rules
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's environmental watchdog, flexing its limited muscles to try to clean up industry, may take the operators of the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project, to court, state media said on Tuesday.

Residents of Tight-Knit River Neighborhood Losing Land, Losing Hope
January 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Kelley Schoonover, Associated Press

Paul Bartosh's dream of having a home on the river where he could relax and watch the boats go by is slowly crumbling, along with his back yard.

Loggers Going Into Oregon Old Growth Reserve on Biscuit Fire
January 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

A timber company plans to start logging next week in a burned area that had been reserved as old growth forest, setting up a confrontation with environmentalists who believe leaving the dead trees standing is better for fish, wildlife and the forest.

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