Ecosystems

Brazil Seals Biggest Carbon Credit Deal on Record
April 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Denise Luna, Reuters

A Brazilian firm on Thursday sealed the world's biggest carbon credit contract registered so far for an existing pro-environment project.

Philadelphia Discovers It Pays to Recycle Trash
April 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Jon Hurdle, Reuters

RecycleBank, a pioneering Philadelphia-based nonprofit group, gives households coupons to spend at local businesses in return for separating their recyclables from the stuff that really needs to go in the landfill.

Philadelphia OKs No-Flush Urinals at Skyscraper after Cutting Deal with Plumbers
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Yao, Associated Press

City officials approved the use of waterless, no-flush urinals Wednesday at what will be Philadelphia's tallest skyscraper -- but only after reaching an agreement with plumbers.

Scientists in Dispute over Carbon Curbs, Magazine Reveals
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A row has broken out between scientists seeking a way to bring more nations into the carbon curbing fold after the first phase of the Kyoto Treaty expires in 2012, New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday.

NASA Helps Monitor Bleaching of Great Barrier Reef
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

NASA satellites that monitor ocean color and temperature have joined a global effort to study the worrisome bleaching of coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the U.S. space agency said Wednesday.

Limits on Greenhouse Gases Proposed in California
April 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Steve Lawrence, Associated Press

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez introduced legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, oil refineries and other industrial sources, a step he said would lead the nation in combating global warming while spurring the state's economy.

Feds to Do Their Own Spotted Owl Recovery Plan
April 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided it can't afford to pay an outside contractor to develop a recovery plan for the northern spotted owl, so it will develop the blueprint for saving the threatened species from extinction on its own.

WWF Praises Malaysians for Imposing Logging Ban in Sabah to Protect Rare Animals
April 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Worldwide conservation group WWF welcomed a Malaysian state's decision to phase out logging in a large forest that is home to endangered orangutans, Bornean pygmy elephants and Sumatran rhinos.

Pennsylvania Seeks to Lead in Recycling Mine Water
April 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Marc Levy, Associated Press

Pennsylvania is trying to find a solution to a multibillion-dollar problem left over from its days as a coal production leader: What to do with the billions of gallons of orange, acidic water pouring out endlessly from its abandoned underground mines.

Coral Die-Off Spreads to Caribbean
April 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Kevin Wadlow, Florida Keys Keynoter

The alarming scenario has spread to waters of Caribbean: Large coral colonies bleaching white, and then dying. Marine biologists in the Florida Keys have seen it already.

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