Ecosystems

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.

Conservationists Sue to Keep Motors out of Grand Canyon
April 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Cyndy Cole, Arizona Daily Sun

Four environmental and river rafting groups are suing the National Park Service in an attempt to stop helicopter flights and motorized rafting in the Grand Canyon.

Tibetan Women Launch Campaign to Save Fish at Sacred Nepal Pond
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A group of Tibetan women has saved hundreds of fish from perishing in a drying 17th century pond built by a Nepalese king to help his queen ease the pain of their son's death, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Record-Breaking Rainy Month in Hawaii Clears to Reveal Blue Skies
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

Hawaii residents awoke to sun this weekend after more than 40 days of downpours that left a wake of havoc across the islands and broke records for rain at the wettest place on Earth.

Nuclear Power Debate Heats up before German Summit
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

German politicians and industry leaders hold an energy summit on Monday to tackle one of the country's most sensitive issues -- the future of nuclear power in the world's third biggest economy.

U.N. Environmental Conference in Brazil Ends with Few Advances
April 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

A U.N.-sponsored environmental conference ended Friday with disappointment for environmentalists who saw the contentious issue over how to compensate indigenous communities for genetic resources shelved until 2010.

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.

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