Wildlife

Decades of Illegal Logging Blamed for High Death Toll in Philippine Storm
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Wednesday ordered the military and police to crack down on illegal logging, after flash floods and landslides triggered by rampant deforestation killed nearly 340 people this week.

U.S. Virgin Island Fishermen Voice Concerns about Proposed Ban on Fishing of Several Species
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Local fishermen met with federal regulators Tuesday night to discuss their concerns about proposed bans on the fishing of several popular species.

Japanese Aid to Smaller Nations Coincides with Whaling Votes
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Hugh Dellios, Chicago Tribune

The only whales seen in Nicaragua are the ones that wash up occasionally on the Pacific beaches. The country has no whaling fleet, no tradition of whaling and certainly no market for whale blubber.

Environmentalists See Trouble for Air, Wildlife in Bush's Second Term
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Environmentalists see some of their worst fears playing out as President Bush moves to cement a second-term agenda that includes getting more timber, oil and gas from public lands and relying on the market rather than regulation to curb pollution.

Bush Administration Proposes Cuts in Federally Designated Areas to Save Salmon from Extinction
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The Bush administration has proposed large cuts in federally designated areas in the Northwest and California meant to aid the recovery of threatened or endangered salmon. Protection would focus instead on rivers where the fish now thrive.

At Least 55 Whales Die in New Zealand Mass Stranding, Officials Say
November 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rescuers were working feverishly Tuesday to float two whales stranded for two days on a North Island beach, where 55 pilot whales carcasses litter the sand, conservation officials said.

Anglers Want to Remove Black Bass from List of Threats to Japan's Ecosystems
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

Industry groups and lawmakers have begun lobbying to remove black bass from a list contained in a new law that targets nonindigenous species believed to be damaging the country's native species and ecosystem.

Sperm Whale Found Dead in Contaminated Waters off Puerto Rico
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A sperm whale beached itself on a coral reef and died in contaminated waters in Puerto Rico on Sunday, officials said.

Skin Trade Threatens World's Few Surviving Tigers
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

The world's tiger population has plummeted by 95 percent from the start of the 20th century to as few as 5,000 now and is further threatened by the lucrative trade in their skins, officials told a forum on Friday.

Dead Cicadas Help the Soil, Study Reveals
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Eileen Putman, Associated Press

Even in death, the 17-year cicadas made their mark. Their decaying carcasses gave a super-size boost in nutrients to forest soil and stimulated seed and nitrogen production in a plant important to the forest ecosystem, researchers reported in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

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