Ecosystems

Authorities Close Major Logging Operation in Brazil
April 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Environmental authorities shut down an illegal logging operation in the Amazon on Monday, confiscating dozens of felled tropical hardwood trees in an area that only recently was pristine rain forest.

Caribbean Reefs Ailing from Bleaching, Disease
April 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

Deadly diseases are attacking coral reefs across the Caribbean Sea after a massive surge of coral bleaching last summer, a two-pronged assault that scientists say is one of the worst threats to the region's fragile undersea gardens.

Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Sees Big Opportunity in Green Technology
April 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Venture capitalist John Doerr is placing big bets on an emerging sector he calls "green technology," one he believes could become as lucrative as information technology and biotechnology.

State OKs Power Line Through Kentucky Forest
April 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Roger Alford, Associated Press

A state agency has approved an electric cooperative's plan to cut a 100-foot-wide swath across nearly 5 miles of the Daniel Boone National Forest, a project that environmentalists fear could open the woodlands to unwelcome species that would wage war on migratory songbirds.

China to Establish Reserve for Rare White Dolphin
April 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China plans to set up its first reserve for the endangered white dolphin off the coast of the southern city of Zhuhai in the southern Guangdong province, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

Brazil Seals Biggest Carbon Credit Deal on Record
April 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Denise Luna, Reuters

A Brazilian firm on Thursday sealed the world's biggest carbon credit contract registered so far for an existing pro-environment project.

Philadelphia Discovers It Pays to Recycle Trash
April 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Jon Hurdle, Reuters

RecycleBank, a pioneering Philadelphia-based nonprofit group, gives households coupons to spend at local businesses in return for separating their recyclables from the stuff that really needs to go in the landfill.

Philadelphia OKs No-Flush Urinals at Skyscraper after Cutting Deal with Plumbers
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Yao, Associated Press

City officials approved the use of waterless, no-flush urinals Wednesday at what will be Philadelphia's tallest skyscraper -- but only after reaching an agreement with plumbers.

Scientists in Dispute over Carbon Curbs, Magazine Reveals
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A row has broken out between scientists seeking a way to bring more nations into the carbon curbing fold after the first phase of the Kyoto Treaty expires in 2012, New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday.

NASA Helps Monitor Bleaching of Great Barrier Reef
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

NASA satellites that monitor ocean color and temperature have joined a global effort to study the worrisome bleaching of coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the U.S. space agency said Wednesday.

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