Ecosystems

Rain-Forest Damage Much Worse Than Thought
October 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Loss of trees in the Brazilian rain forest is much worse than had been thought, according to a new study. Losses in clear-cut areas where all trees are removed have been monitored by satellite observations, but those were not able to detect the cutting of individual trees in areas where others are left behind.

Greenland Icecap Thickens Slightly Despite Warming
October 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Greenland's ice-cap has thickened slightly in recent years despite wide predictions of a thaw triggered by global warming, a team of scientists said on Thursday.

Selective Logging May Have Doubled Amazon Damage
October 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Raymond Colitt, Reuters

Damage to the Amazon rain forest may be twice as large than previously thought due to undetected "selective" logging, U.S. and Brazilian forest experts reported Thursday.

Saving the Planet at Flick of Switch
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Eve Black always turns the light off when she leaves a room and never leaves the TV on standby -- and she wishes others would follow suit.

Fears of Biopiracy Hampering Research in Brazilian Amazon
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Somewhere in the Amazon there may be flora and fauna that hold the key to curing diseases ranging from cancer to multiple sclerosis. That, at any rate, is the dream. But the reality is that the search for the next miracle drugs is being hampered by a deep Brazilian suspicion of "biopiracy."

Wal-Mart Switches to Corn-Based Plastic Packaging
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Harold Brubaker, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Wal-Mart is going green. The retail giant, which is also the nation's largest grocery seller, is beginning to switch from petroleum-based to corn-based plastic packaging.

EPA Review Names Intel No. 1 Workplace for Commuters
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Clint Swett, The Sacramento Bee

All it took was a few bagels to turn Mike Finkel into a bicycle commuter. When his employer, Intel Corp., held a bike-to-work day a few years ago, the company promised a bagel breakfast for riders -- which was enough to get Finkel on his bike that morning.

Puget Sound Region Feeling Climate Change
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Puget Sound region is feeling the impact of climate change -- from flooding to warmer waters -- and things could be getting worse, according to a report by University of Washington researchers.

EU Says It Will Not Weaken Drive for Action on Climate Change
October 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Britain insisted Monday that the European Union must work with a wide range of countries to combat climate change, but said a flexible approach to win partners would not weaken the bloc's determination to tackle the problem.

Antarctic Ice Melts as Sea Warms but Cause Unknown
October 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Antarctica is melting, adding to the inexorable rise in global sea levels, endangering millions of lives and whole economies, leading scientists said on Monday. But while the effect is well known after years of monitoring from land and space, the reasons for the sea warming are not.

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