Ecosystems

Six Charged with Environmental Attacks in U.S.
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Teresa Carson, Reuters

Six people believed to be radical environmental activists were indicted for crimes in Oregon and Washington including destroying power facilities and torching offices at a tree farm, prosecutors said Thursday.

Amazon Drought Ending, Yet Sickness Looms
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Amazon basin's worst drought in more than 40 years is ending as rainfall returns to normal, though officials fear diseases will spread as rising rivers stir up muck from stagnant pools of contaminated water.

Judge Blocks Land Clearing for Oil, Gas Drilling in Michigan Forest
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked an energy company from clearing land in preparation for oil and natural gas drilling near a forest and a river. Judge David M. Lawson issued a preliminary order halting Savoy Energy from cutting timber, building a road and taking other steps toĆ’ get the project under way in northern Michigan.

Scientists Say Greenland Glaciers Retreating
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Two of Greenland's largest glaciers are retreating at an alarming pace, most likely because of climate warming, scientists said Wednesday. But researchers at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union also presented studies of the retreat of Alaska's Columbia Glacier that suggest more complexity in the processes of glacial melt.

EU Governments Agree on Rules To Tackle Pollution from Mining Waste
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union on Wednesday announced an agreement on rules to curb pollution caused by waste from mines and quarries. The new law requires EU governments to monitor and control how mining companies handle silt, coal ash, waste rock and contaminated or toxic materials taken from mines and seek to prevent such waste seeping into rivers, lakes or reservoirs.

Report Says 2005 Will Be Warmest, Stormiest Year on Record, Likely Due to Global Warming
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Phil Couvrette, Associated Press

This year is likely to go down as the hottest, stormiest and driest ever on Planet Earth, making a strong case for the urgent need to combat global warming, said a report released Tuesday at the U.N. Climate Change Conference.

Land Sale Bill Ignites Passions in American West
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

A Republican congressman under fire for crafting a bill to sell public land to mining interests defended his proposal Tuesday, saying it would ensure the viability of the mining industry and help develop the economies of rural communities.

National Recognition Could Help Attract Customers to Eco-Friendly Hilton
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Nelson, The Columbian

The towering windows, extensive woodwork and staircase in the lobby of the Hilton Vancouver Washington hotel tend to catch the eye of first-time visitors. But it is Hilton's unseen features that are earning the hotel recognition as a "green" building.

Pacific Islanders Move To Escape Global Warming
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Rising seas have forced 100 people on a Pacific island to move to higher ground in what may be the first example of a village formally displaced because of modern global warming, a U.N. report said Monday.

Scientists Discover New Hydrothermal Vents
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Scientists exploring the world's sea floor have discovered new super-hot, mineral-rich geysers belching from the southern Atlantic, Arctic and Indian oceans.

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