Ecosystems

Dallas Cowboys May Get Flexibility in How They Replace Trees
December 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Sally Claunch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

When building their new stadium, the Dallas Cowboys will have to replace as many trees as any other business that builds in Arlington, as required by the city's commercial tree ordinance.

Killer Whales Most toxic Mammal in Arctic, WWF Says
December 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Killer whales are the most toxic mammals in the Arctic, riddled with household chemicals from around the world, the environmental pressure group WWF said on Monday.

U.S. Under Fire as World Climate Talks End
December 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Milliken and Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Former President Clinton told those gathered on Friday for a world climate meeting that his successor, George W. Bush, was "flat wrong" in arguing Kyoto would harm the economy.

Villagers Flee as Vanuatu Volcano Pumps out Gas, Steam, Ash
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

A Vanuatu volcano pumping a huge plume of gas, steam and ash into the atmosphere from a crater ringed with skeletal dead trees is unlikely to explode in a devastating eruption, a vulcanologist says.

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.

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