Ecosystems

Giant Dams on Great Untamed River Spark Fears of Human Rights Abuses, Ecological Harm
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Denis D. Gray, Associated Press

They prayed separately but then joined together, Buddhist and Christian villagers, in vowing to fight the damming of their great untamed river which they fear will not only flood their native lands but draw violence, forced labor and relocation at gunpoint.

Drug Trade, Land Grabs Threaten Guatemala Rainforest
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Mica Rosenberg, Reuters

The ancient Mayans abandoned their monumental cities in Central America's jungles over a thousand years ago, and many blame their civilization's collapse on massive deforestation.

U.S. House Votes for Oil Drilling in Alaska Refuge
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday approved a plan to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Report Says Tropical Timber is Better Protected, Not Safe
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Developing nations have got far better at protecting rain forests over the past two decades but are a long way short of doing enough to save the crucial global resource, a new report said on Thursday.

Southeast Asia Plans Wildlife Crime-Busting Units
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Darren Schuettler, Reuters

Special wildlife crime-busting units will form the core of Southeast Asia's first coordinated effort against the multi-billion-dollar illegal trade in animals and plants, officials said on Thursday.

Subtropic Warming Could Mean Bigger Deserts, Study Shows
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Earth's atmosphere is warming faster over the subtropics than anywhere else, which could mean bigger deserts and more drought from Africa to Australia to the Middle East, researchers said Thursday.

China Struggles to Stop Its Largest Lake Shrinking
May 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Ben Blanchard, Reuters

Lake Qinghai, holy to ethnic Tibetans, is shrinking, hit by declining rainfall and desertification partly caused by overgrazing. Some also blame global warming.

Sand Can Be Polluted Even with Clean Water
May 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Beach sand can be teeming with bacteria even when the ocean water is clean, according to a study released on Tuesday.

China Rare-Tiger Center Expects 100 Births
May 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

More than 100 Siberian tigers, one of the rarest animals, are expected to be born this year at a breeding center in China's northeast, an official said Monday.

Tribe Seeks Greater Freedom to Kill Eagles
May 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Northern Arapaho Tribe and a man accused of shooting a bald eagle on the Wind River Indian Reservation say the federal government should make it easier for American Indians to apply to kill bald eagles for use in religious ceremonies.

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