Ecosystems

Japanese Ministry Shuts off Heating in Race to Meet Kyoto Target
February 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Hiroko Tabuchi, Associated Press

Japan's Environment Ministry turned off its heating this week, leaving staff unable to even make a cup of tea, in an effort to spur the country to meet its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an official said Thursday.

In Chile, Going for Gold Means Digging under Glaciers
February 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Eduardo Gallardo, Associated Press

As the world's largest gold mining company, Barrick Gold Corp. of Canada planned to relocate three huge ice fields to dig for gold high up on the spine of the Andes mountains.

Greenland Starts Quota to Save Polar Bears
February 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press

Greenland's government on Wednesday introduced the ice-capped island's first hunting quota for polar bears, which scientists believe are threatened by the effects of global warming.

Bottles Recycled for Fertilizer Line
February 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Sue Stock, News & Observer

That plastic Coke bottle you pitched into the trash could soon be back on a store shelf, filled with worm waste and ready to be sold a second time.

Urban Land Trusts -- A Guest Commentary
February 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Steven J. Moss, San Francisco Community Power

These days, hardly a dime is tossed towards systematically reclaiming urban eco-systems. With a majority of the world’s population soon to live in cities, it’s time to focus on recreating sustainable wilderness areas in our own backyards.

Coral Reef Discovered off Thailand Cost
February 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A coral reef spanning several hundred acres and teeming with fish has been discovered off the coast of Thailand and should be given protected status, the World Wide Fund for Nature said Wednesday.

Pennsylvania Would Demand Big Mercury Cuts from Power Plants under New Proposal
February 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Marc Levy, Associated Press

Pennsylvania's coal-fired power plants would have to cut mercury emissions by 90 percent within a decade under a plan that would make the state the first major coal producer with stricter mercury regulations than the federal government.

Lights May Dim on Olympics
February 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Sam Fleming, Daily Mail

Britain's energy supply will be so fragile by 2012 that the Olympics could be marred by power cuts, experts warned. Almost eight out of 10 said blackouts could be a "major issue" for the London games.

China Warns Officials against Covering up Pollution
February 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China has warned local environmental protection officials that they will be punished if they allow or cover up damage to the environment in favour of economic growth, state media said on Tuesday.

On Beyond Organic -- Combating Global Warming with... Community
February 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

If rising sea levels, melting glaciers and intensifying tropical storms have you shouting at all those in power who are still ignoring global warming, take heart.

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