Pacific Mangroves Disappearing under Rising Seas
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Global warming could lead to the destruction of more than half the mangrove wetlands of some Pacific islands, wiping out or reducing marine breeding grounds that support multi-million dollar fisheries, a UN report says.

U.N. Adds 18 Sites to Heritage List, but Not Everest
July 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Darius James Ross, Reuters

Mediaeval crusader castles in Syria and ancient irrigation systems in Oman were among 18 new cultural and natural sites added to the U.N.'s World Heritage list this week, officials said on Thursday.

Wildfire Burns out of Control in California Desert
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A 26,000-acre wildfire burned out of control in the California desert Wednesday, threatening thousands of homes after destroying structures in a town used for filming Hollywood westerns.

China Giant Panda Sanctuary Put on UN Heritage List
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Darius James Ross, Reuters

A bamboo-covered mountainous sanctuary in China which houses nearly a third of the world's last remaining giant pandas was on Wednesday added to the U.N. World Heritage List.

Group Files Lawsuit to Prevent New Grazing Rules
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

A conservationist group is asking a federal court to block new grazing regulations that it contends would give ranchers more water rights and control over public lands.

EU Proposes Tougher Rules on Pesticides
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Commission proposed stricter rules Wednesday to regulate the use of pesticides including mandatory record-keeping of their use by farmers and a ban on aerial spraying.

Greenpeace Warns Drift Nets Threatening Mediterranean Marine Life
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The environmental group Greenpeace urged Mediterranean countries on Wednesday to crack down on drift net fishing, warning the illegal practice was threatening marine life.

Gore Praises Wal-Mart for Sustainability Plans
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Marcus Kabel, Associated Press

Former Vice President Al Gore on Wednesday praised Wal-Mart for a newfound focus on environmental sustainability, saying the retailer showed there is no conflict between the environment and the economy.

Pearl Jam Donates Green to Offset Carbon Emissions
July 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Pearl Jam has promised to donate $100,000 to several groups that focus on climate change, renewable energy and other environmental causes as part of an effort to offset carbon emissions the band churns out on tour.

Happy Isle Tops Happy Planet Index
July 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The tiny nation of Vanuatu, one of the "happy isles of Oceania", has topped a new index that measures quality of life against environmental impact, with industrial countries, perhaps unsurprisingly, faring badly.

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