El Salvador Tropical Coffee Forests Threatened
May 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
Between 2001 and 2004, El Salvador lost 21,025 hectares of forest-covered coffee farms, Mario Acosta, president of El Salvador's Foundation for Coffee Research (Procafe), said.
U.S. Shows Interest in Post-2012 Climate Plan, E.U. Says
May 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
The United States has shown interest in planning beyond 2012 to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases that are believed to be causing global warming, the European Commission said on Monday.
Glaciers in Africa Expected to Disappear
May 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Mountain glaciers in equatorial Africa are on their way to disappearing within two decades, a team of British researchers reports.
Alaska Gets Its First Artificial Reef
May 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press
Fifty feet down in the cold waters of Smitty's Cove, a concrete paradise is being built for some of Alaska's most unusual creatures. It took less than 24 hours before some of them started checking out the new real estate -- the state's first artificial reef.
What Price Nature? Bogs $6,000, Reefs $10,000
May 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
The figures read like a real estate agent's listings: 2.5 acres of marsh in Canada, $6,000 per year; a tropical forest in Cameroon, $3,500; a Caribbean coral reef, $10,000.
Amid Extinctions, Parrots, Panthers Get Costly Aid
May 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Australia's orange-bellied parrot and the Florida panther are in an exclusive but growing club -- rare species getting costly protection even as the world faces what may be the worst wave of extinctions since the dinosaurs.
House Committee Signals Support for Ending Offshore Gas Drilling Ban
May 11, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
A House panel voiced approval Wednesday for developing natural gas in restricted areas of coastal waters, voting to remove from an Interior Department bill a long-standing moratorium on drilling on most of the country's Outer Continental Shelf.
China Ponders Price of Progress at Spectacular Gorge
May 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Alan Wheatley, Reuters
Environmentalists fear that China's hunger for hydropower to feed its booming economy could spell the end of one of the world's deepest river gorges and scar some of the country's most spectacular scenery.
Four Mid-Atlantic Power Plants Agree to Air Pollution Cuts
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
Mirant Corp. will spend more than $130 million on new pollution controls at four power plants in Maryland and Virginia under an agreement reached Monday between the company and state and federal governments.
After Decades of Fear and Hostility, Are We Loving Orcas to Death?
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press
Orcas, actually a kind of dolphin found in all the world's oceans, are prime examples of what researchers call "charismatic megafauna," big critters with a passionate human following. But the species' San Juan population has paid a price for some forms of that adoration.