Ecosystems

G8 to Agree Need for Climate Action but No Targets
July 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Gernot Heller, Reuters

The Group of Eight powers meeting in Scotland reached agreement on Thursday on the need for urgent action to combat global warming, but set no measurable targets, Germany's top negotiator said.

California Recycler Takes TVs for Free
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Clint Swett, The Sacramento Bee

It wasn't that long ago that getting rid of a computer monitor or television was often a cumbersome and costly ordeal. Laden with pounds of toxic lead, the cathode ray tubes that are the heart of such devices were unwelcome at garbage dumps and expensive to recycle.

Cleanup of Military Waste on Right Track
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Udy Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune

Patches of Utah held underground tanks that refueled World War II military trucks. Whole ranges served as experiment stations for testing toxic nerve gases or rock-busting explosives. Abandoned military sites like these have been a focus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for two decades.

Oil Industry Leaders Discuss Arctic Challenges at Meeting in Northern Norway
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

Oil industry leaders met in Norway's far north Thursday to discuss the prospects and challenges of oil drilling in one of the world's last petroleum frontiers: the Arctic.

G-8 Countries Trying to Reach Compromises on Africa and Global Warming
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press

World leaders faced pressure from the United States to scale back goals for relieving African poverty and combatting disease on the world's poorest continent. But British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday he planned to keep campaigning for his ambitious objectives with other world leaders.

Donor Countries Agree to Finance a Feasibility Study to Save the Shrinking Dead Sea
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Donor countries have agreed to finance a feasibility study for a proposal to save the shrinking Dead Sea by feeding it with water through a canal from the Red Sea, the World Bank informed the sea's neighbors Thursday, according to a Jordanian official.

Government Takes Largest Suit over Power Plant Changes to Court
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Ryan, Associated Press

The nation's biggest power generator broke clean air rules by failing to cut emissions at plants in four states that foul the air in the Northeast and harm health, a federal lawyer argued Wednesday.

U.N. Environment Chief Tells G8 It Pays to Protect Forests, Coastlines
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

The U.N. environment chief has a message for leaders of the world's major industrialized nations: scientists have shown that it pays to preserve forests, coastal waters and marshes. Klaus Toepfer made the case that investing in the environment will go a long way toward meeting U.N. goals to reduce poverty, supply clean drinking water and fight the spread of infectious diseases.

ADM up to the Green Challenge
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Amy Hoak, Herald & Review

E-mails from colleagues and acquaintances around the world have been landing in Mark Matlock's inbox. The reason for the flurry of correspondence: Relaying congratulatory words for Matlock and his employer, Archer Daniels Midland Co., which recently won two Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.

Blinding Sandstorms Disrupt Flights, Everyday Life in Iraqi Capital
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Frank Griffiths, Associated Press

Blinding sandstorms swept across the Iraqi capital Tuesday for a fourth straight day, disrupting air travel, slowing traffic and blanketing the city in a gritty film.

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