Ecosystems

Engineers Explore New Project To Save Venice from Sinking
November 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Marta Falconi, Associated Press

A group of engineers and geology experts said Monday they are considering injecting seawater under Venice to raise the waterlogged Italian city by one foot to rescue it from the tides and floods that bedevil it.

On Beyond Organic: Cruise Ship Pollution, Coral Reefs and Aquariums
November 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Over 20 million coral reef fish are sold to aquarium hobbyists every year with the vast majority of them “wild caught.” These coveted specimens — including the threatened banggai cardinalfish and the panther grouper — are stunned by divers who use cyanide to poison the waters around them.

Smoggy Manila Speeds Compliance with Clean Air Law
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Manny Mogato, Reuters

The Philippines was stepping up emission enforcement measures to comply with its clean air law, officials said on Friday, concerned over the choking levels of air pollution in Manila and three other major cities.

Plan To Restore Great Lakes Appears Sunk
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press

Federal officials say they won't pay for the $20-billion plan President George W. Bush sought last year to improve the health of the Great Lakes by restoring coastal wetlands and keeping out sewage and invaders like zebra mussels.

Mexican Divers Try To Fix Storm-Wracked Coral Reef
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

Mexican scuba divers are struggling in surging seas to repair one of the world's biggest coral reefs after it was badly damaged by Hurricane Wilma last month. Buffeted by strong currents, it takes three divers to hold broken chunks of coral in place and tie them down with plastic straps that are tricky to fasten even above the surface.

India Unlikely To Agree to Kyoto Emission Caps
November 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Sugita Katyal, Reuters

India is unlikely to agree to any emission caps in the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol because of its expanding energy-hungry economy, but analysts say developed nations will continue to pile pressure on the nation.

Hawaii Scientists to Study Palmyra Atoll
November 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Dozens of scientists from Hawaii and the mainland are launching a cooperative research project at Palmyra Atoll to study the remote area's pristine coral ecosystem.

EU Says New Deal To Replace Kyoto Must Have Specific Targets
November 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012 will need specific targets that are applied sensitively to avoid damaging national economies, Britain's Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett said Wednesday.

Report Says Global Warming May Harm N.J. Coast
November 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rising seas caused by global warming and other factors will have dire consequences for New Jersey, submerging sections of the state's highly developed coastline by the end of the century, according to a report released Wednesday by Princeton University.

Carbon Dioxide Storage a Success
November 16, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

An experimental project in Canada to inject carbon dioxide into oil fields has proven successful, removing 5 million tons of the heat-trapping "greenhouse" gas, while enhancing oil recovery, the Energy Department said Tuesday.

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