Ecosystems

Bid for Second Phase of Kyoto Faces Major Battle
November 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Ministers face a battle when they meet next week to start talks on a new climate change treaty, European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said on Monday.

EU Destroying Forests of Poor Countries, WWF Says
November 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

EU countries are helping destroy major forests in poorer countries through massive imports of illegal timber, the conservation group WWF said on Tuesday.

Forests Flushed Down the Toilet
November 22, 2005 12:00 AM - WWF International

The major tissue manufacturers are not offering enough recycled toilet paper, towels and napkins to European consumers and must be more responsible when sourcing their wood, according to a new WWF report.

Engineers Explore New Project To Save Venice from Sinking
November 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Marta Falconi, Associated Press

A group of engineers and geology experts said Monday they are considering injecting seawater under Venice to raise the waterlogged Italian city by one foot to rescue it from the tides and floods that bedevil it.

On Beyond Organic: Cruise Ship Pollution, Coral Reefs and Aquariums
November 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Over 20 million coral reef fish are sold to aquarium hobbyists every year with the vast majority of them “wild caught.” These coveted specimens — including the threatened banggai cardinalfish and the panther grouper — are stunned by divers who use cyanide to poison the waters around them.

Smoggy Manila Speeds Compliance with Clean Air Law
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Manny Mogato, Reuters

The Philippines was stepping up emission enforcement measures to comply with its clean air law, officials said on Friday, concerned over the choking levels of air pollution in Manila and three other major cities.

Plan To Restore Great Lakes Appears Sunk
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press

Federal officials say they won't pay for the $20-billion plan President George W. Bush sought last year to improve the health of the Great Lakes by restoring coastal wetlands and keeping out sewage and invaders like zebra mussels.

Mexican Divers Try To Fix Storm-Wracked Coral Reef
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

Mexican scuba divers are struggling in surging seas to repair one of the world's biggest coral reefs after it was badly damaged by Hurricane Wilma last month. Buffeted by strong currents, it takes three divers to hold broken chunks of coral in place and tie them down with plastic straps that are tricky to fasten even above the surface.

India Unlikely To Agree to Kyoto Emission Caps
November 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Sugita Katyal, Reuters

India is unlikely to agree to any emission caps in the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol because of its expanding energy-hungry economy, but analysts say developed nations will continue to pile pressure on the nation.

Hawaii Scientists to Study Palmyra Atoll
November 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Dozens of scientists from Hawaii and the mainland are launching a cooperative research project at Palmyra Atoll to study the remote area's pristine coral ecosystem.

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