Ecosystems

Global Warming Unstoppable, but Still Chance to Stop Major Disasters, Scientists Say
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

A British conference on "avoiding dangerous climate change" last year concluded that a rise of just 3 degrees would likely lead to some catastrophic events, especially the melting of the Greenland's polar ice.

Tanzanian Vice President Announces Ban on Plastic Bags and Other Environmental Measures
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Sukhdev Chhatbar, Associated Press

Tanzania's government has banned plastic bags and containers, ordered people to stop farming and logging on Africa's highest mountain, among other environmental measures, the vice president said.

Twenty-One Senators Press EPA on Emissions Standards
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Twenty-one senators called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to let California implement stricter restrictions on vehicle emissions, which other states could then enact.

Farmers Putting Own Cash into Anti-Pollution Measures
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - James Hannah, Associated Press

Many farmers are putting more of their own money into anti-pollution and conservation measures -- upgrading storage tanks, building dikes and planting grass barriers to absorb and filter soil and chemicals that runoff water can carry from the farm.

Cross-Border Parks Form Havens for Biodiversity
March 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Terence Wade, Reuters

Huge nature reserves that stretch across national frontiers are being formed in Asia, South America and elsewhere, a sign that biodiversity has joined security and immigration as a border issue.

Borneo Rainforests a Treasure Trove of Rare Species
March 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Diyan Jari and Reuben Carder, Reuters

Some conservationists believe Borneo could be the next "Lost World" after the recent discovery of a host of butterflies, birds and frogs in another Indonesian jungle on the island of New Guinea.

Wetlands Reverse Long Decline -- If Golf Course Ponds Count
March 31, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

More people building ponds for golf courses and subdivisions or to retain stormwater and wastewater helped create the nation's first net gain in wetlands in a half-century of government record-keeping.

Caribbean Coral Suffers Record Bleaching, Death
March 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

A one-two punch of bleaching from record hot water followed by disease has killed ancient and delicate coral in the biggest loss of reefs scientists have ever seen in Caribbean waters.

Snail Slows Down Pace of New Zealand Coal Mine
March 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Terry Wade, Reuters

In the latest battle between big business and biodiversity, the fate of a unique small, brown snail that lives in a place called Happy Valley on the west coast of New Zealand hangs in the balance.

For Some Fish, Lack of Oxygen in Water Can Mean Way Too Many Males
March 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Dead zones -- oxygen-starved patches of ocean -- may be turning normal breeding grounds into the equivalent of male-dominated locker rooms for fish.

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