Ecosystems

China Opens High-Altitude Tibet Railway Line
July 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

China opened the world's highest railway on Saturday, celebrating the link to Tibet as a feat of national strength and ethnic harmony while critics decried it as a threat to Tibetan culture and the environment.

World Bank Internal Review Slams Its Forestry Program in Cambodia
June 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A World Bank program to reform Cambodia's corrupt forestry industry instead ignored complaints of illegal logging, allowing the practice to flourish, according to an internal review to be released Thursday.

House Lifts Offshore Drilling Ban, but a Battle Looms in Senate
June 30, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Congress has taken a major step toward allowing oil and gas drilling in coastal waters that have been off limits for a quarter-century. Still, a battle looms in the Senate over the issue.

California Smog Rules May Be Used Nationwide
June 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

The federal government may use California's strict pollution rules for lawnmowers and other small-engine machines as a national standard, a top Environmental Protection Agency official said Thursday.

Scores of Dead Birds Wash up Along California Beach
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

Rescuers with the International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro collected the bodies of about 200 Caspian and elegant terns -- all of them babies -- after getting calls from lifeguards at a beach near Los Angeles.

U.S. Group Launches Effort to Establish Wildlife Reserves in Afghanistan
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A conservation group said Thursday it is launching an effort to establish wildlife reserves in war-torn Afghanistan, where conservationist efforts have largely been sidelined by the government's long-running battle with the Taliban.

Marine Parks Failing to Protect Coral Reefs
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Marine parks are failing to protect the world's coral reefs, a prominent New Zealand researcher said Wednesday, with fewer than 2 percent receiving adequate protection from these sanctuaries.

Oregon Timber Sale Awarded as Efforts to Stop It Continue
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

A timber sale in a national forest roadless area has been awarded to a logging contractor, despite efforts by conservation groups and the governor to stop it.

EU Governments Move Closer to Agreement to Cut Air Pollution
June 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

European Union governments moved closer Tuesday to agreeing on tough plans to reduce air pollution, which the European Commission claims kills 370,000 citizens a year.

U.N. Report: Environmental Degradation Could Destroy African Economy
June 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press

More than 70 percent of Africans depend on the continent's natural resources for their livelihoods, but the toll taken on land and water could cause economic havoc if environmental protection is not given a high priority, a U.N. report said.

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