Ecosystems

Conference Studies How to Make Biodiversity Pay off for Africa
June 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Jerome Delay, Associated Press

Organized by Conservation International, a Washington-based environmental group, a five-day conference of more than 400 delegates will examine how to use Africa's unmatched biodiversity to ease poverty and lay a foundation for sustainable development.

Newest National Monument a Scenic Wonder, But Few Can Visit
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

The newest national monument boasts crystalline blue water, unspoiled islands with white sand beaches and vast reefs teeming with marine life. But the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands will never be a place visitors can see by just packing the kids into the car for a week.

India to Give Army Powers to Protect Wildlife
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalia, Reuters

India plans to enlist the army to help protect its threatened tiger population and other animals, giving soldiers the power to arrest or even shoot poachers, wildlife officials said on Monday.

Coral Reef Ecosystem May Fight Illnesses
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Biomedical researchers who dove down nearly 3,000 feet to search a newly-discovered coral reef found treasures they say may help doctors fight cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses.

Environmentalists Ask Judge to Stop Logging in Burned-over Section of National Forest
June 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Environmentalists asked a federal judge Wednesday to temporarily block logging in a remote, burned-over section of a national forest that was purchased last week in the first such sale since the Bush administration eased logging restrictions.

Scientists Urge G8 Not to Ignore Global Warming
June 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

World leaders must not allow concern for energy security to distract them from taking promised action on global warming, top world scientists said on Wednesday.

Northwest Hawaiian Islands to Get Monument Status
June 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands -- remnants of extinct submerged volcanoes far from Waikiki -- will become a vast U.S. national monument and nature sanctuary, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

Japanese No Longer Like Whale Meat, Anti-Whalers Claim
June 14, 2006 12:00 AM - George Nishiyama, Reuters

The Japanese public no longer likes eating whale meat and Tokyo's argument that whaling should be maintained to meet consumer demand is a fabrication, a conservationist group said on Tuesday.

Scientists Launch Project to Save Caspian Beluga
June 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Bagila Bukharbayeva, Associated Press

Three men struggle to lift a squirming, nearly 2-meter (6.5 foot) gray fish with a pointy nose and distinctive jagged spine and spill it into the green waters of the Caspian Sea.

Beijing Orders a Day without Cars, Elevators, Air Conditioning for Civil Servants
June 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Chinese government has ordered civil servants to do without cars, elevators and air conditioning on Tuesday as part of an energy-saving awareness campaign, state media said.

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