Endangered Plants Focus of New Study
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Taylor, Associated Press
Species conservation doesn't just apply to faraway rain forests or endangered whales. A network of botanical institutions is launching an unprecendented study of endangered native U.S. plants to determine their potential for recovery -- and in hopes of preventing their disappearance.
New Orleans Zoo Animals Survive Katrina's Wrath
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Babineck, Reuters
At the New Orleans zoo only three of 1,400 animals died in the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. The famous Audubon Zoo has the good fortune of being located on some of the city's highest ground, but it also had a disaster plan for the animals that worked better than the city's plan for humans.
Irish Coral Reefs Bulldozed by Deep-Sea Trawlers
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters
Deep-sea fishing trawlers are bulldozing 4,500 year-old cold water coral reefs off western Ireland, a British marine biologist said on Monday. Dr Jason Hall-Spencer, of the University of Plymouth in southern England, estimated that about 40 percent of the coral reefs had been destroyed.
Iran Seeks to Save Rare Cheetahs
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press
Two groups of rare Asiatic cheetahs were spotted in central Iran during recent months, raising hopes that one of the world's fastest moving creatures could be saved from extinction, a conservation official said Saturday.
Pumping Water Out of New Orleans Will Take Weeks, Possibly Longer
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
Once beautiful New Orleans could be facing at least a month, possibly much more, before all the flood waters from Hurricane Katrina and ruptured levees can be pumped out. Lowering the water level a foot ( 0.3 meters) per day was called an optimistic estimate on Friday, depending on how much of the pumping capacity can be restored and whether any more storms complicate the work.
Ecology Professor at Home in Straw House
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Glen Adams, Associated Press
Miles off the paved highway and at the end of a long, bumpy driveway that cuts deep into the woods, Mick Womersley puts the finishing touches on his solar panel-topped home. It's not your ordinary rural dwelling, even one designed to be ecologically sound.
Too Many People in Nature's Way, Experts Say; 'We Think We're Safe and We're Not'
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press
The dead and the desperate of New Orleans now join the farmers of Aceh and the fishermen of Trincomalee, villagers in Iran and the slum dwellers of Haiti in a world being dealt ever more punishing blows by natural disasters. It's a world where Americans can learn from even the poorest nations, experts say, and where they should learn not to build future settlements like the drowned old metropolis on the Mississippi.
Potlatch Land Gets Green 'Certified' Label
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune
The move to certify wood and paper made from Minnesota trees as environmentally friendly got a push last week, with forests owned by Potlatch Corp. certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Organic Style Magazine To Cease Publication
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Gregory Karp, The Morning Call
Organic Style, the women's lifestyle magazine published by Rodale of Emmaus, will cease publication with its October issue. The news was announced by memo to employees late in the workday Thursday. The magazine, called "OS" internally, employed 38, all based in New York City. Some will be relocated within Rodale. The rest will be out of work and receive severance packages.
Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal Gives Birth
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
There's a new celebrity lazing away the day on the sunny beaches outside Kauai's south shore resorts. An endangered Hawaiian monk seal known as Seal 310 gave birth early Tuesday morning to a pup on the beach in front of Kiahuna Plantation Resort near Poipu.