Ecosystems

Bush Seeks $867 Million Budget for Forest Thinning
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Bush administration will ask Congress to increase funding to $867 million in fiscal year 2006 for a plan to help reduce the risk of wildfires in federal forests, a senior administration official said Thursday.

US Senate Panel May Deadlock on Utility Emissions
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

A Senate panel fight over whether carbon dioxide should be included in a plan to limit pollutants emitted by U.S. utilities threatened on Wednesday to derail a Bush administration push for a bill this year.

California, Environmental Groups Sue to Block Sierra National Forest Plan
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

California's attorney general joined environmental groups Tuesday in suing the federal government to block its plan to manage 11.5 million acres of Sierra National Forest, which calls for increased logging.

Lawmakers in Six Midwestern States Announce Regional Environmental Effort
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Glover, Associated Press

Legislators from six Midwestern states Tuesday announced a regional effort to enact tougher laws protecting children from environmental dangers.

Tiny Pest Decimating Honeybee Colonies
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A tiny pest is decimating honeybee colonies across the country, worrying beekeepers and farmers who depend on the insects to pollinate their crops.

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.

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