Ecosystems

Climate Expert to Lead Talks on Extending Kyoto Deal
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A U.N. conference picked a veteran Maltese climate expert on Wednesday to lead talks about how to overcome deep policy splits on global warming and extend the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012.

House Approves Bill to Speed Logging in Burned Forests
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The House on Wednesday approved a bill to speed up the logging of burned forests and planting of new trees after storms and wildfires.

India Eyes Chinese Help to Protect Tigers
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters

Chinese help is critical to protect India's tiger population and Beijing needs to curb the market for big cat skins and body parts, a leading Indian conservation official said on Wednesday.

U.S. Navy Sinks Old Warship for Reef off Florida
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Navy blasted holes in the retired U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany off Florida's coast Wednesday and sent the warship to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico as the world's largest intentionally created artificial reef.

Hawaii Fights Coqui Frogs, Other Species
May 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hawaii has allocated $4.9 million to fight invasive species including coqui frogs, the amphibian accused of threatening Hawaii's fragile ecosystem and disrupting the sleep of island residents.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Still a Threat, Study Says
May 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Oil spilled 17 years ago by the tanker Exxon Valdez still threatens wildlife around Alaska's Prince William Sound, scientists reported Tuesday, a finding that could add $100 million to cleanup costs for Exxon Mobil Corp.

El Salvador Tropical Coffee Forests Threatened
May 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Between 2001 and 2004, El Salvador lost 21,025 hectares of forest-covered coffee farms, Mario Acosta, president of El Salvador's Foundation for Coffee Research (Procafe), said.

U.S. Shows Interest in Post-2012 Climate Plan, E.U. Says
May 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The United States has shown interest in planning beyond 2012 to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases that are believed to be causing global warming, the European Commission said on Monday.

Glaciers in Africa Expected to Disappear
May 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mountain glaciers in equatorial Africa are on their way to disappearing within two decades, a team of British researchers reports.

Alaska Gets Its First Artificial Reef
May 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Fifty feet down in the cold waters of Smitty's Cove, a concrete paradise is being built for some of Alaska's most unusual creatures. It took less than 24 hours before some of them started checking out the new real estate -- the state's first artificial reef.

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