Ecosystems

Researcher Finds Pollution Limiting Sunny Days in China
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

China's skies have darkened over the past 50 years, possibly due to haze resulting from a nine-fold increase in fossil fuel emissions, according to researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Hurricanes Shape New Natural Order
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Coral reefs, flocks of sea birds, crab- and shrimp-filled meadows and dune-crowned beaches were wrapped up in -- and altered by -- the force of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Dennis.

Gore Campaigns at Sundance with Global-Warming Documentary
January 27, 2006 12:00 AM - David Germain, Associated Press

Former vice president Al Gore went to Sundance for the premiere of "An Inconvenient Truth," a documentary aimed at educating the masses that global warming is about to toast our ecology and our way of life.

Ethiopian Red Fox Needs More Protection to Survive
January 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

An endangered species of red fox found only in Ethiopia may be wiped out unless it is protected from domestic animals bringing rabies into national parks, a senior wildlife expert said on Thursday.

Valdez Spill Lingers in Court and on Alaska Shores
January 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Nearly 17 years after the Exxon Valdez supertanker grounded on a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound, its environmental impact and the legal battle over compensation still haunt the area.

Global Warming May Cause Sea Levels to Rise 34 Centimeters by 2100
January 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Global warming will cause sea levels to rise up to 34 centimeters (11 inches) by the end of the century, causing increased flooding and coastal erosion, according to a new study by Australian researchers.

Beijing Offers Modest Solutions to Ease Traffic Congestion
January 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Charles Hutzler, Associated Press`

Beijing officials announced higher parking fees and other modest measures Wednesday to cope with the surging car use that is clogging the Chinese capital's streets.

Bush Administration to Seek Salmon Harvest Cuts and Hatchery Reforms
January 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Conceding that using hatcheries to supplement dwindling salmon populations is harming wild salmon species in some cases, the Bush administration plans to move away from the practice in favor of a more direct solution.

U.S. Asks Companies to Slash Output of Teflon Compound
January 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

U.S. environmental regulators asked eight companies Wednesday to voluntarily commit to reduce releases of a potentially hazardous compound used to make non-stick cookware by 95 percent by 2010.

Mouse Frustrates Endangered Species Policy
January 26, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

An acrobatic mouse is threatening Bush administration efforts to give Western developers an upper hand over endangered species.

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