Ecosystems

Long-Despised Oil Platforms Should Be Kept in Place as Artificial Reefs
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

Marine biologist Milton Love has found that oil platforms off California's central coast are a haven for species of fish whose numbers have been dramatically reduced by overfishing.

Turkmen President Orders Forest Planted in His Desert Nation
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov ordered a forest planted to change his desert nation's climate -- the latest of the autocratic leader's elaborate projects that include an artificial lake and an ice palace.

NASA Says Northern Ozone Pollution Spurs Arctic Warming
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Ozone pollution in the Northern Hemisphere, churned out by factories and vehicles that burn fossil fuels, is a major factor in the dramatic warming of the Arctic zone, NASA climate scientists reported Tuesday.

U.N. Meeting to Try to Slow Species Loss
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A U.N. environmental meeting in Brazil from March 20-31 will review a world goal of slowing a drastic acceleration of the loss of animal and plant species by 2010.

Report Says Alternatives for Treating Hog Waste Remain Too Expensive
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Steve Hartsoe, Associated Press

A five-year study to find more environmentally friendly ways to treat hog waste in the nation's second-largest swine producing state turned up several options, but none that farmers appear ready to pay for.

Tourists in Vigil of Patagonian Glacier
March 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A vast Patagonian glacier that lost an enormous wall of ice in a spectacular collapse in 2004 has begun cracking ominously amid expert warnings Monday another section could soon break free.

India Takes on Poachers in Key Tiger Reserve
March 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Bappa Majumdar, Reuters

Authorities in eastern India have arrested 30 poachers in the world's largest tiger reserve this year against 40 caught in 2004 and 2005, officials said on Monday.

Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai Urges Individual Action to Protect Environment
March 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Todd Dvorak, Associated Press

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai says people worried about the environment should rely less on government and more on themselves to protect the planet's limited resources.

Regulator Says China Must Step up Environmental Protection or Face Disaster
March 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Audra Ang, Associated Press

China must sharply improve environmental protection or it could face disaster following two decades of breakneck growth that have poisoned its air, water and soil, the country's top environmental official warned Saturday.

Chinese Political Representatives Say Industrial Pollution Killing Bohai Sea
March 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Chinese representatives to the country's legislature have expressed fears that pollution from booming industries is killing much of the marine life in the country's eastern Bohai Sea.

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