Ecosystems

Proposed Environmental Safeguards Challenged by Opponents of Arctic Refuge Drilling
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The proposal to drill for oil in an Alaska wildlife refuge will create the most environmentally friendly oil field in the world, Interior Secretary Gale Norton said Tuesday -- a claim disputed by drilling opponents.

Greenpeace Buys Tons of Illegally Cut Brazilian Wood, Delivers it to Police
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Glendenning, Associated Press

Environmental activists parked a truckload of illegally cut Amazon hardwood in front of a police station in Brazil's largest city on Monday to demonstrate how easy it is to skirt the law.

Chinese Companies, World Bank Deal Sign $930 Million Deal To Sell Pollution Credits
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter Enav, Associated Press

A World Bank fund will buy pollution credits from two Chinese chemical companies under a plan that lets richer countries meet commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions by paying for reductions in poorer economies.

Temperatures Climb as Warming Talks Stall
December 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

In the high Arctic, deep in the Atlantic, on Africa's sunbaked plains, climate scientists are seeing change unfold before their eyes.

Marine Census Shows Diversity, Declines
December 19, 2005 12:00 AM - William McCall, Associated Press

A census of all the fish and other marine life in the world's oceans has shown new evidence of the rich diversity under the sea along with warnings about the decline of many species.

Mexican Park Rangers Defend Monarch Butterflies from Loggers
December 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Ioan Grillo, Associated Press

Last season, 22 million monarchs reached the park, an 80 percent drop from the previous year, prompting the Mexican government to set up a special police force.

Alaskan Volcano Showing Signs of Erupting
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

A sulfurous steam plume, hundreds of miniature earthquakes and a new swath of ash on snowy Augustine Volcano have scientists looking for a possible eruption.

Christmas is Damaging the Environment, Report Says
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A report titled "The Hidden Cost of Christmas" calculated the environmental impact of spending on books, clothes, alcohol, electrical appliances and lollies during the festive season.

EPA Would Ease Pollution Reporting Rules
December 15, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

If the Bush administration has its way, some factories won't have to report all the pollution spewed from their smokestacks.

Environmental Rules Get Benched in Hurricane-Hit Gulf Coast
December 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Regulators say environmental rules had to be set aside to save the Gulf Coast from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

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