Ecosystems

Alaska Braces for Possible Volcanic Eruption
December 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

A restless volcano near Alaska's most populated region is being watched by scientists and officials, who warned Thursday of the risk of clouds of ash and a tsunami from a possible eruption.

Fears for Dwindling Forests in Pakistani Quake Zone
December 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Abu Arqam Naqash, Reuters

The Oct. 8 earthquake that flattened much of northern Pakistan has taught a lesson to mountain villagers that conservationists had long failed to instill: the importance of their forests.

Panama Jungle Power Plan Worries Environmentalists
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Power, Reuters

A plan by Panama and Colombia to link power grids through a remote jungle is worrying environmentalists and indigenous groups, who fear it would benefit rebels, loggers and a flesh-eating parasite.

China Seen as Main Market for Illegal Africa Ivory
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Africa's elephant herds are being targeted by poachers feeding a booming market for ivory in emerging colossus China, wildlife groups say.

EU Commission Proposes Stricter Emissions Standards for Cars
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Commission approved a bill Wednesday to impose stricter emission standards on vehicles and seek to close a loophole that allows gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles to escape the EU pollution limits.

Democrats Block Alaska Drilling in U.S. Defense Bill
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett and Julie Vorman, Reuters

Senate Democrats succeeded Wednesday in blocking, for now, oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which Republicans sought to add to a massive massive $453 billion war-time military spending bill.

Scientists Study Coral Reefs in Caribbean
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

U.S. government scientists were taking aerial photos and conducting underwater surveys to study a coral disease threatening life in the Caribbean Sea.

Ford Releases Emissions Report, Says More Cooperation Needed
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it is taking action to reduce harmful emissions from its plants and vehicles, but the automaker said continued progress depends on industry, government, and consumers.

Seven U.S. States Sign CO2 Plan in Break with Bush
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Seven northeastern U.S. states have signed the country's first plan to create a market for heat-trapping carbon dioxide by curbing emissions at power plants.

EPA Proposes New Health-Based Soot Limits on Air Pollution
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The EPA proposed stricter daily limits Tuesday for how many microscopic particles of air pollution, or soot, are safe for all Americans to breathe from the nation's smokestacks and tailpipes.

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