Ecosystems

Ozone Layer on the Mend but Recovery Delayed, U.N. Says
August 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The earth's ozone layer is finally on the mend after decades of damage, two U.N. agencies reported. However, they said the protective layer, which filters dangerous solar radiation, was recovering more slowly than experts had originally hoped.

Judge Rejects Bush Plan to Log in Sequoia National Monument
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

A federal judge blocked a Bush administration plan to allow commercial logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees.

Scientists Issue Second Coral Warning Due to High Caribbean Sea Temperatures
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Scientists issued a warning Tuesday that temperatures in the Caribbean Sea were abnormally high and approaching levels that could be disastrous for coral reefs -- many of which suffered unprecedented die-offs last year due to hot waters.

New Shrimp Farm Rules Aim to Save Asian Mangroves
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Clarence Fernandez, Reuters

Environmental regulation of shrimp farming operations across Asia takes a major step forward next month, when the U.N. food agency considers adoption of a set of tougher industry guidelines published on Tuesday.

Scientists Call for Water Conservation
August 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A report released at the start of the World Water Week said more efficient use of the world's water resources was needed to reduce poverty and environmental damage.

It Is Easier to Be Green, but Does It Matter?
August 22, 2006 12:00 AM - J.M. Hirsh, Associated Press

Looking to green up your life? You could commute in a hybrid, sip fair trade coffee, swaddle your tyke in organic cotton, and spend vacations saving rain forests, but would that really leave the world a better place? Or just thin your wallet?

Leading Canada Liberal Proposes Type of Carbon Tax
August 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The man often regarded as the front-runner in the race to head Canada's opposition Liberal Party, Michael Ignatieff, proposed Monday a modified carbon tax to try to limit climate change.

Carbon Cards: Lifeline for Planet or Big Brother?
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Issuing every citizen with an electronic card to encourage them to reduce energy use is one of the most radical ideas for curbing reliance on fossil fuels, widely blamed for global warming.

Scientists Call for Radical Action to Ease Water Scarcity
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists on Monday called for radical action to improve global water management, saying one-third of the world's population faces water scarcity.

California on Brink of Global Warming Breakthrough
August 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Milliken, Reuters

California is forging ahead with the most aggressive U.S. program to reduce global warming -- a plan that pits Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger against fellow Republican George Bush.

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