Ecosystems

Scientists to Study Acid Rain, Smokies
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists plan to study soil this spring in high elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park -- the area most affected by acid rain and other environmental problems, officials say.

U.N. Talks Seen Averting Deadlines for Climate Pact
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

U.N. climate talks in Canada are likely to avoid setting a target date for agreeing a successor for the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol, disappointing environmentalists who want a 2008 deadline, delegates said Monday.

Brazil Government Announces 31 Percent Drop in Amazon Destruction
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Vivian Sequera, Associated Press

The Amazon rain forest lost 7,300 square miles -- an area more than half the size of Maryland -- but deforestation slowed by nearly a third this year, Brazilian officials said Monday.

Groups Urge Soil Cleanup in New Orleans
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

The city's parks and yards will be contaminated with dangerous chemicals and heavy metals for years unless the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency orders a widespread cleanup of areas flooded by Hurricane Katrina, environmentalists said Thursday.

Inuits Transformed by Global Warming
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Phil Couvrette, Associated Press

While Canada's isolated northern aboriginals are not sitting at the same table as the 180 nations attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference, they have a front-row seat to the chilling effects of global warming.

Feds Scale Back Conservation Plans for Upper Mississippi Refuge
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Todd Richmond, Associated Press

Federal officials scaled back conservation plans for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, abandoning proposals to ban alcohol among campers and limit the number of shells hunters could carry.

Gorbachev Urges More Action on Environmental Problems
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Maria Danilova, Associated Press

Nobel Peace laureate Mikhail Gorbachev on Saturday urged governments and individuals to do more to tackle major environmental problems like global warming, which he blamed for this summer's deadly floods in Europe.

Research by Congress Says EPA Studies Favored Bush Air Pollution Plan
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Researchers who work for Congress say the Environmental Protection Agency skewed its analysis of air pollution legislation to favor President Bush's plan. EPA's analysis "works in favor of" Bush's plan by overstating some costs of competing bills, said a report Friday by the Congressional Research Service. The 2002 Bush plan, dubbed "Clear Skies," remains stalled in Congress.

In Alaskan Village, Erosion is Measured in Skulls on the Shoreline
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Roseanne Pagano, Associated Press

Where an old graveyard once stood, coffins now jut from Akiak's eroded riverbank along the Kuskokwim River in southwest Alaska. An occasional human skull rests on Akiak's shore. Swallowed by the river long ago are other village landmarks: A regional hospital and staff housing dating to the 1900s. A field where children played ball.

Activists to Canada: Warming Threatens Hockey
December 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeffrey Jones, Reuters

Activists at the U.N. climate change conference in Montreal shot straight for the Canadian heart Thursday by warning of the unthinkable -- the end of ice hockey due to global warming.

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