Ecosystems

Chesapeake Bay Grasses Recover in North
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Gretchen Parker, Associated Press

The underwater grasses that are crucial to filtering polluted Chesapeake Bay waters are recovering in the upper portion of the estuary, while other vast tracts continue to struggle, scientists reported Thursday.

Study Says Raw Sewage Killing Coral Reefs
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Coral reefs are far more likely to develop disease and die when exposed to bacteria and nutrients in raw sewage than coral in unpolluted areas, according to a study published last month in the Puerto Rico-based Caribbean Journal of Science.

New Program Aims to Reduce Alarming Destruction of Global Forests by Ten Percent Annually
May 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

The World Bank and the World Wildlife Fund announced a five-year program Wednesday to reduce the destruction of forests by 10 percent annually in an attempt to combat the alarming disappearance of the world's trees.

Nicaragua Enticing Budget Travelers and Real Estate Developers
May 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Doreen Hemlock, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

To the south, Costa Rica is known for its ecotourism. Farther north, Guatemala beckons with Mayan treasures and indigenous cultures. Now, Nicaragua is making a name as a Central American travel destination, too, welcoming guests to its beaches, Spanish colonial cities and other attractions.

Arctic Leaders Appeal Over Global Warming
May 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Constant Brand, Associated Press

Indigenous leaders from Arctic regions around the world called on the European Union on Tuesday to do more to fight global warming and to consider giving aid to their peoples.

Canada Says Seal Population Growing Despite Hunt
May 25, 2005 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

Canada's harp seal population is growing despite a seasonal hunt off the East Coast that has killed 975,000 young animals over the past three years, officials said Tuesday.

Efforts to Protect Shorebird Continue
May 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Federal biologists are reviewing a Pennsylvania woman's petition to have a migratory shorebird that makes annual stops in Delaware listed as a threatened or endangered species.

India to Set up Home for Tigers
May 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Tigers of the Sunderbans Forest in eastern India can rest easy after a news report Monday said the state government is setting up an old age home for them.

Brazil Losing Fight to Save the Amazon
May 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Maria Pia Palermo, Reuters

In the heart of what is known in Brazil's Amazon as the "arc of deforestation" it is clear that the fight to save the jungle is being lost.

Farallon Islands Form Teeming Wildlife Haven West of San Francisco
May 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Less than 30 miles from San Francisco, an archipelago of rocky islands rises out of the Pacific Ocean, forming a largely undisturbed wildlife haven that biologists call California's Galapagos.

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