Ecosystems

Gore Praises Wal-Mart for Sustainability Plans
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Marcus Kabel, Associated Press

Former Vice President Al Gore on Wednesday praised Wal-Mart for a newfound focus on environmental sustainability, saying the retailer showed there is no conflict between the environment and the economy.

Pearl Jam Donates Green to Offset Carbon Emissions
July 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Pearl Jam has promised to donate $100,000 to several groups that focus on climate change, renewable energy and other environmental causes as part of an effort to offset carbon emissions the band churns out on tour.

Happy Isle Tops Happy Planet Index
July 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The tiny nation of Vanuatu, one of the "happy isles of Oceania", has topped a new index that measures quality of life against environmental impact, with industrial countries, perhaps unsurprisingly, faring badly.

Tom Brokaw Joins the Battle against Global Warming
July 10, 2006 12:00 AM - David Bauder, Associated Press

Tom Brokaw is giving Al Gore some company in the effort to raise awareness of global warming. The former NBC anchorman is host of "Global Warming: What You Need to Know," which doubles as an explainer and call to action for average Americans.

Overfishing Among Threats to Ecosystems
July 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Garry Mitchell, Associated Press

A study in a recent issue of the journal Science says damage to marine ecosystems has accelerated over the past 150-300 years with population growth, luxury resorts and homes and expanded industry.

Most Endangered Whale Gets Protection
July 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Thousands of square miles off Alaska have been designated as critical habitat for North Pacific right whales, considered the most endangered whale in the world.

Environmental Movement in the Religious Mainstream
July 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Brian Murphy, Associated Press

Eco-friendly attitudes have increasingly moved into the mainstream of many faiths -- from Muslim clerics urging water conservation in the fast-growing Gulf states to evangelical preachers in the United States calling attention to global warming.

Companies Agree to No-Fishing Zone in Indian Ocean
July 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Four fishing companies have agreed to halt bottom trawling in parts of the southern Indian Ocean, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) said on Thursday, but environmental group Greenpeace said the deal was a smokescreen.

Florida Coral Battered by Hurricanes and Disease
July 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura Myers, Reuters

In the azure waters of Florida's remote Dry Tortugas National Park, corals have been toppled by hurricanes and blighted by disease and a phenomenon known as bleaching.

Green Group Buys Out Fishermen to Protect Ocean Floor
July 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press

The Nature Conservancy, an international environmental group best known for buying development rights from farmers, is looking to strike similar deals with fishermen along the coast in a pilot program that it said could be repeated elsewhere.

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