Ecosystems

Inmates Shave Heads to Mop up Philippine Oil Spill
August 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Pedro Uchi, Reuters

Thousands of prisoners have been shaving their heads and chests to donate hair to help mop up the Philippines' worst oil spill, officials said on Wednesday.

Interior Secretary Says North Slope Drilling Is Safe, Will Proceed
August 30, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne declared after a helicopter tour that drilling will proceed in a North Slope region that has become the focus of a new dispute over Alaska oil drilling.

Global Environment Fund Hears Warnings on Climate Change
August 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Climate change risks devastating South Africa's wine and fruit industries, the country's deputy president warned Tuesday at the opening of an international environment conference.

EU Tells Carmakers to Do More to Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions
August 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union warned carmakers Tuesday that it will introduce legislation to enforce cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, if the industry does not work harder to meet voluntary pollution-cutting targets.

Pope Benedict XVI Urges Better Care for the Environment
August 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged better care for the environment, saying it was being endangered by lifestyle choices causing its deterioration.

Philippines Hopes to Break World Record with Mass Tree-Planting
August 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took part Friday in a massive tree-planting campaign aimed at improving air quality in the Philippines while breaking a world record.

Dam Broken to Restore California Wetlands
August 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

The ocean flowed into historic wetlands Thursday for the first time in more than a century after bulldozers peeled back the last layer of an earthen dam.

Ozone Layer on the Mend but Recovery Delayed, U.N. Says
August 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The earth's ozone layer is finally on the mend after decades of damage, two U.N. agencies reported. However, they said the protective layer, which filters dangerous solar radiation, was recovering more slowly than experts had originally hoped.

Judge Rejects Bush Plan to Log in Sequoia National Monument
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

A federal judge blocked a Bush administration plan to allow commercial logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees.

Scientists Issue Second Coral Warning Due to High Caribbean Sea Temperatures
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Scientists issued a warning Tuesday that temperatures in the Caribbean Sea were abnormally high and approaching levels that could be disastrous for coral reefs -- many of which suffered unprecedented die-offs last year due to hot waters.

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