Ecosystems

Ten millionth tree planted in Congo's gorilla habitat
November 24, 2007 07:07 PM - WWF

Gland, Switzerland/Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo – WWF and Congolese authorities are celebrating the ten millionth tree planted around Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a crucial habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla.

The WWF tree-planting project, launched in 1987 — and continuously operated despite recurrent armed conflicts in the region — aims to reduce the shortage of firewood for neighbouring communities. Strong demand has led to illegal wood harvesting and charcoal production within the park, a major threat for the protected area.

U.S. Navy vessel arrives in Bangladesh for relief efforts
November 23, 2007 12:17 PM - Reuters

DHAKA (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy vessel arrived in Bangladesh on Friday to help relief efforts after the country's deadliest cyclone in 16 years killed around 3,500 people and left thousands missing or injured.

Rising tides intensify non-volcanic tremor in Earth's crust
November 23, 2007 09:01 AM - University of Washington

For more than a decade geoscientists have detected what amount to ultra-slow-motion earthquakes under Western Washington and British Columbia on a regular basis, about every 14 months. Such episodic tremor-and-slip events typically last two to three weeks and can release as much energy as a large earthquake, though they are not felt and cause no damage.

EU to require biofuels cut emissions 10 pct
November 22, 2007 11:02 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will propose rules requiring biofuels used in the European Union to produce at least a 10 percent saving of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels, an EU official said on Thursday.

Russia may ban river oil shipments after spill
November 21, 2007 12:17 PM - Reuters

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russia will limit oil products shipments by river in 2008 after a fuel oil spill from a river barge in the Kerch Strait this month caused damage estimated at $267 million, officials said on Wednesday.

Water runs dry in rural Tennessee town
November 21, 2007 11:37 AM - Reuters

ORME, Tennessee (Reuters) - A small town tucked away in the mountains of southern Tennessee is getting by on just a few hours of water a day because its spring has run dry in the drought sweeping the Southeast.

Rio eyes BHP pacts to fight off takeover: paper
November 20, 2007 01:26 AM - Reuters

The offer is part of a preliminary defense plan -- called Project Manchester -- against BHP's proposed three shares for one bid for Rio, the paper said in its online edition, without citing sources.

Autumn rain down 90 percent in China rice belt
November 19, 2007 10:06 PM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Large areas of south China are suffering from serious drought, with water levels on two major rivers in rice-growing provinces dropping to historic lows, state media said on Tuesday.

Rainfall since the beginning of October had dropped by 90 percent in Jiangxi and 86 percent in neighboring Hunan, the country's largest rice-growing province, from average figures, Xinhua news agency said.

Wrecked Black Sea ships start to leak sulphur
November 19, 2007 03:17 PM - Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) - Sulphur from two ships that sank in a storm near the Black Sea last week is leaking into waters already polluted by an oil spill from another vessel, UkraIne's Environment Ministry said on Monday.

Four ships sank in the Kerch Strait on the northern mouth of the Black Sea in one of the worst storms in a century. They included a Russian-registered tanker which disgorged hundreds of tons of oil, creating a environmental disaster for the area's delicate ecology.

Floods displace 2,000 in Malawi
November 19, 2007 11:44 AM - Reuters

Lawford Palani, Chikwawa district commissioner, told Reuters that about 20 villages have been destroyed following persistent rains and hailstorms in the area, about 50 kilometers west of the country's commercial capital Blantyre.

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