Ecosystems

A green lesson from Iceland
November 4, 2008 09:14 AM - http://features.csmonitor.com

Both US presidential candidates have called for an end to America’s dependence on foreign oil and more investment in renewable resources, but even Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama said his plan to stop using Middle Eastern oil might sound like “pie in the sky” talk.

Demand for African natural resources can ensure sustainable use
October 29, 2008 10:40 AM - WWF

African nations could turn the demand for their natural resources currently driving deforestation and other destruction into a force for higher returns from sustainable development, WWF has said today.

Nations see REDD in rush for carbon credits
October 29, 2008 09:27 AM - Reuters

In the far north of Indonesia's Sumatra island lies a vast stretch of forest brimming with orangutans and rare Sumatran tigers and elephants. In a quirk of fate, a decades-long insurgency in Aceh province prevented illegal loggers from stripping the place bare.

Food for fuel policy may result in deforestation
October 28, 2008 11:02 AM - http://www.gmanews.tv

MANILA, Philippines - Using agrofuel to mitigate effects of climate change may bring about “massive losses of biodiversity, crop conversion, [and] deforestation brought about by industrial monoculture to help in policy formulation," an international group said.

CO2 curbs may be too late for reefs, study warns
October 27, 2008 10:38 AM - guardian.co.uk

A new global deal on climate change will come too late to save most of the world's coral reefs, according to a US study that suggests major ecological damage to the oceans is now inevitable.

Corals gain climate-change shield
October 23, 2008 09:38 AM - http://features.csmonitor.com

Rare species of staghorn corals may bear some good news for reef conservation: It appears that some rare types of staghorns can readily breed with related species, creating hybrids that may be far more resilient to climate change or other stresses than anyone thought.

Which grass is greener? Study to select Northeast grasses that can power the bioenergy era
October 22, 2008 11:01 AM - Cornell University Communications

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' (CALS) Bioenergy Feedstock Project, now in its second year, is the only project of its kind devoted to exploring the many species of field grass that grow in the Northeast and their potential as sources for biofuels.

US cracks down on illegal logging
October 22, 2008 09:40 AM - WWF

US trade in products containing illegally logged wood, which costs developing countries an estimated $15 billion a year in lost revenue, may soon be a thing of the past. Prohibition on trade in illegally logged wood products was passed in May this year, and now US government officials have presented proposals which outline how the new law is to be implemented.

Indonesia's tin islands: blessed or cursed?
October 21, 2008 09:51 AM - Reuters

Tin mining on these sleepy islands off Sumatra has brought wealth, but at a price; it is literally eating away at the land. The scale of the environmental damage on the Bangka-Belitung islands can be most clearly seen from the air, revealing a lunar landscape of craters and hundreds of highly acidic, turquoise lakes created by centuries of largely unregulated tin mining.

Global warming causing dramatic decline in Great Barrier Reef’s seabirds
October 21, 2008 09:33 AM - www.thaindian.com

A new research has determined that due to climate change, seabird populations on the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding waters is facing dramatic declines.

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