Ecosystems

Proposal Cuts Murrelet Habitat Area
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

A federal proposal would slash the critical habitat in Oregon, Washington and California set aside under the Endangered Species Act for the marbled murrelet, a threatened sea bird, by about 95 percent, to 221,692 acres.

Manila Wants to Siphon Oil from Sunken Tanker
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Manny Mogato, Reuters

The Philippines wants to drill through the hull of a sunken tanker and siphon off its cargo of industrial fuel to curtail pollution washing up on the central island of Guimaras, disaster officials said on Tuesday.

Europe, Asia Pledge to Cut Emissions
September 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Robert Wielaard, Associated Press

European and Asian leaders pledged Monday to keep cutting greenhouse gases after the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. But delegates at the two-day summit stopped short of setting new targets beyond the Kyoto agreement.

Destructive Insects on Rise in Alaska
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Destructive insects in unprecedented numbers are finding Alaska forests to be a congenial home, said University of Alaska forestry professor Glenn Juday, and climate change could be the welcome mat.

Global Warming Film Unites Preachers and Politics
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Carey Gillam, Reuters

Coming soon to a movie screen near you: prayers, politics and a feature-length film, united in an effort to mobilize religious groups around global warming concerns in time for the U.S. midterm election.

Sturgeon Slowly Re-Emerge in Great Lakes
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - John Seewer, Associated Press

Sturgeon -- prized for its caviar and smoked meat -- are slowly starting to make a comeback in areas where water quality has improved. The fish, which are protected in just about every state where they're found, were overfished and nearly disappeared in the early 1900s.

Senate Skeptic of Global Warming Takes Aim at California
September 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

A bill to crank up penalties for the nation's most polluted air regions -- both in California -- was introduced Thursday in the Senate by Congress' biggest skeptic of global warming.

Canada Native Groups Join to Protect Water Supply
September 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeffrey Jones, Reuters

Booming oil and gas development in Western and Northern Canada has prompted native groups to build a united front to better protect the vast region's water resources, aboriginal leaders said Thursday.

Christian Group Encourages Recycling
September 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Tending to your soul at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Boise, Idaho, involves recycling old cell phones and printer cartridges in the church lobby, pulling noxious weeds in the backcountry and fixing worn-out hiking trails in the mountains.

Tsunami Spurs Interest in Asian Coasts
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

"The tsunami brought an understanding that the ecosystem is a lot more fragile than people thought," said Austin Arensberg, a World Conservation Union official who is part of a team working on a $240,000 Spanish-funded project to restore mangrove forests in Thailand and Sri Lanka.

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