Ecosystems

Caribbean Coral Suffers Record Bleaching, Death
March 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

A one-two punch of bleaching from record hot water followed by disease has killed ancient and delicate coral in the biggest loss of reefs scientists have ever seen in Caribbean waters.

Snail Slows Down Pace of New Zealand Coal Mine
March 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Terry Wade, Reuters

In the latest battle between big business and biodiversity, the fate of a unique small, brown snail that lives in a place called Happy Valley on the west coast of New Zealand hangs in the balance.

For Some Fish, Lack of Oxygen in Water Can Mean Way Too Many Males
March 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Dead zones -- oxygen-starved patches of ocean -- may be turning normal breeding grounds into the equivalent of male-dominated locker rooms for fish.

California Condors Spotted Nesting in Big Sur
March 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

For the first time in more than 100 years, California condors were spotted nesting in the northern part of the state, scientists said.

Developing Nations Look for New Ways to Fund Environmental Protection
March 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Urgent steps are needed to save the world's ecosystems from destruction, nearly 100 cabinet ministers agreed at a U.N.-sponsored environmental conference. But the question remained: Who will pay for it?

China at Heart of Illegal Timber Trade Greenpeace Says
March 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China lies at the heart of a global trade plundering endangered rainforests in Southeast Asia to supply Europe and the United States, the environmental group Greenpeace said in a report issued in Beijing.

Forest Service Looking beyond Timber Sales for Revenues
March 29, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The lure of money is shaping the nation's 155 national forests: more advertising, more fees, more roads to draw timber sales and lumber mill jobs.

Island Nation Creates Third Largest Marine Park
March 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean has created the world's third-largest marine reserve, as global efforts to preserve biodiversity widen to include everything from insects to fish to forests.

The Mount Hood Meltdown
March 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

The seven largest of Mount Hood's 11 glaciers have already shrunk an average of 34 percent since the beginning of the last century, according to calculations by Keith Jackson, a Portland State University graduate student.

In Norway, Break the Law and Live by a Beach
March 28, 2006 12:00 AM - James Kilner, Reuters

The Web site reads like an advertisement for a vacation home. "Is Bastoy the place for you?" it asks next to photographs of a sunset sparkling off the tranquil waters of the Oslo fjord and horses pulling sleighs over packed snow.

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