Ecosystems

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.

U.N. Adds 18 Sites to Heritage List, but Not Everest
July 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Darius James Ross, Reuters

Mediaeval crusader castles in Syria and ancient irrigation systems in Oman were among 18 new cultural and natural sites added to the U.N.'s World Heritage list this week, officials said on Thursday.

Wildfire Burns out of Control in California Desert
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A 26,000-acre wildfire burned out of control in the California desert Wednesday, threatening thousands of homes after destroying structures in a town used for filming Hollywood westerns.

China Giant Panda Sanctuary Put on UN Heritage List
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Darius James Ross, Reuters

A bamboo-covered mountainous sanctuary in China which houses nearly a third of the world's last remaining giant pandas was on Wednesday added to the U.N. World Heritage List.

Group Files Lawsuit to Prevent New Grazing Rules
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

A conservationist group is asking a federal court to block new grazing regulations that it contends would give ranchers more water rights and control over public lands.

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