Ecosystems

Hungary PM Declines Greenpeace Offer of Land
July 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Hungary's prime minister has declined an offer by an environmental group of one square metre (10 sq ft) of land in neighbouring Romania to entice him into joining protests against an open-cast gold mine in the area.

Scientists Want Global Body to Conserve Biodiversity
July 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Scientists warned on Wednesday that the world is on the brink of a major biodiversity crisis and called for the creation of an international body to advise governments on how to protect the planet's ecosystems.

Falcons Get Glimpse of New Texas Habitat
July 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

After living in cardboard U-Haul boxes for two days, 28 endangered North American aplomado falcons got a glimpse of their new home in the rugged West Texas desert Tuesday.

Volunteers Pluck Eight Million Pounds of Trash from Beaches Worldwide
July 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

Cigarettes and their filters topped the list of trash items culled from beaches worldwide during last year's annual international coastal cleanup, according to a report.

Endangered Flowers Trigger Fight over California Housing Development
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Did someone in this wine country town illegally plant an endangered flower to sabotage a proposed housing development? That is the question at the center of a quarrel folks here have dubbed "Foamgate."

Greenland Opens New Round of Concessions for Oil Exploration in Fragile Arctic
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press

Several of the world's largest oil companies hope to tap into possible offshore oil and gas reserves as Greenland opened a new round of concessions Tuesday for exploration licenses in the fragile Arctic region.

China to Invest $175 Billion in Environment Clean-Up
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China plans to invest 1.4 trillion yuan ($175 billion) in environmental protection in the next five years, state media said on Tuesday, to curb water and air pollution so severe it causes riots and health problems.

California Agency Probes Where Insecticides Go
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

California's pesticide agency is conducting a review of popular insecticides because many are ending up in urban streams and killing tiny aquatic creatures.

Program Lets Forests Grow Longer to Combat Global Warming
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Californians could soon invest in trees to offset the greenhouse gases they pump into the air when they heat their homes or drive to work.

Pacific Mangroves Disappearing under Rising Seas
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Global warming could lead to the destruction of more than half the mangrove wetlands of some Pacific islands, wiping out or reducing marine breeding grounds that support multi-million dollar fisheries, a UN report says.

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