Ecosystems

Judge May Halt Project to Protect Bird
February 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A federal judge heard arguments Monday over whether a vast irrigation project intended to help farmers in eastern Arkansas will harm the rare ivory-billed woodpecker.

World Has Seven Years for Key Climate Decisions, Says Tony Blair
February 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Katherine Baldwin, Reuters

The world has seven years to take vital decisions and implement measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions or it could be too late, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Tuesday.

Scientists Warn of Melting Ice in Arctic
February 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Scientists on Monday painted a gloomy picture of the effects of global warming on the Arctic, warning of melting ocean ice, rising oceans, thawed permafrost and forests susceptible to bugs and fire.

U.S. Congressmen Push at U.N. for New Climate Talks
February 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Evelyn Leopold, Reuters

A key U.S. senator called on the Bush administration Monday to open global climate talks, warning that the dangers of global warming were not only a threat to the United States but India and China as well.

Federal Protection Sought for Florida Bears
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Conservation groups and an animal welfare group are suing to get the Florida black bear added to the federal list of endangered or threatened species.

Controversy Over Padre Island Beach Access
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

A 9 1/2-mile-wide bay separates rural Willacy County from what surely must be paradise: Padre Island's isolated beaches, a nature retreat for bird watchers and what's considered some of the best sport-fishing in the country.

Huge U.N. Environment Summit Kicks off with Chemicals Treaty
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Krane, Associated Press

A U.N.-sponsored conference opening in Dubai on Monday is expected to lure the largest-ever gathering of national environment ministers -- around 130 of them -- to discuss matters ranging from sustainable energy to eco-tourism.

Study Urges Action on Threatened Africa Predators
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A new study of Africa's most endangered carnivores has called for urgent action to save beasts such as the lion, cheetah and Ethiopian wolf from major threats to survival such as hunting and conflict with humans.

Tanker Runs Aground in Alaska, Spills Oil Products
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

An oil tanker carrying nearly 5 million gallons of oil and gasoline was struck by an ice floe while loading at an Alaska refinery and ran aground Thursday, causing a small spill.

China Pledges to Do More to Protect Dwindling Wetlands
February 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China will boost investment in wetlands protection and put more wetland areas under state protection in an effort to save them from destruction, state media said Thursday.

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