Polar Bears at Risk as Warming Thaws Icy Home
May 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Time may be running out for polar bears as global warming melts the ice beneath their paws. Restrictions or bans on hunting in recent decades have helped protect many populations of the iconic Arctic carnivore, but many experts say the long-term outlook is bleak.

Climate Change Threatens Ghaf Tree
May 17, 2007 12:00 AM - James Calderwood, Associated Press

Twisting out of the hot sand of the Arabian Peninsula is one of nature's toughest trees. Known for its coarse bark and green canopy that provides rare shade from the sweltering sun, the ghaf tree has been a steadfast survivor in brutal desert.

U.N. Professor Says Climate Change Is Creating New Refugees Who Deserve U.N. Protection
May 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press

Increasing global temperatures and land degradation are forcing more people to migrate, creating a wave of environmental refugees who need U.N. protection, a professor at the United Nations University said.

Indonesia Counts Its Islands Before It Is Too Late
May 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Ed Davies, Reuters

Indonesia has so many islands it has not been able to count them all and is having a hard time finding names for them. Officially there are about 17,000 islands, but that number may drop as one minister fears hundreds of islands might vanish because of rising sea levels from global warming.

Senate Defeats Provision To Require Army Corps To Consider Climate Change
May 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Jim Abrams, Associated Press

The Senate, after one of its first full debates on global warming, on Tuesday defeated a proposal requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the impact of climate change in designing water resources projects.

Arctic Islands Invite Tourists To See Climate Woes
May 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A remote chain of Arctic islands is advertising itself as a showcase of bad things to come from global warming. Visitors to Svalbard can see reindeer, seals or polar bears in the Arctic, where U.N. scientists say warming is happening twice as fast as on the rest of the planet in what may be a portent of changes further south.

Scientists Predict Asian Dust Plume Might Sway U.S. Climate
May 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Asian desert dust and city pollution is swirling in vast plumes across the Pacific to North America, interacting with storms and possibly spurring climate change, an airborne scientist said Tuesday.

Travel Experts See Worrisome Downside to Ecotourism
May 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

Ecotourism may be just as environmentally damaging as traditional travel because of the greenhouse gases vacationers help create when they journey to remote, pristine areas, industry experts warned Tuesday.

Clean Energy Spending Can Curb Climate Change, WWF Says
May 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Laura MacInnis, Reuters

The world can avoid the worst effects of climate change with investments in clean energy so long as the wholesale shift from fossil fuels starts within five years, the environmental group WWF said on Tuesday.

Scientists Urge Half of Canada Forest Be Protected
May 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Randall Palmer, Reuters

Canada's vast forests should be protected much more than they are now to preserve wildlife and water and to fight global warming, a group of 1,500 scientists from around the world said Monday.

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