Ecosystems

Ancient Beasts Raise Questions about Climate Change
February 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard and Spokes Mashiyane, Reuters

The signs of the scuffle were fresh but it is a struggle that has gone on for tens of millions of years. Just minutes before, dozens of tiny turtles had burst from the sand under the cover of darkness to make a mad dash for the sea by running a deadly gauntlet of ghost crabs.

African Countries Sign Treaty to Protect Rain Forest
February 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Bryan Mealer, Associated Press

Seven Central African countries signed a landmark treaty Saturday to establish cross-border partnerships to help save the world's second largest rain forest.

Researchers Probe Antarctica's Shifting Ice, 'Not Sure What's Going On'
February 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Researchers Probe Antarctica's Shifting Ice, 'Not Sure What's Going On'

Scientists looking southward from the tip of South America, over steel-gray waters toward icy Antarctica, see only questions on the horizon about the fate of the planet.

Organisms Found in Deepest Part of Ocean
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Tiny single-celled organisms, many of them previously unknown, have been discovered beneath nearly seven miles of water in the deepest part of the ocean.

Food Scarcity Predicted with Rising Temperatures, Falling Water Tables
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A global warming trend will reduce farm yields and make food supplies scarcer over the next century, an environmental group said Thursday, citing data from the United Nations and the National Academy of Sciences and trends in the world rice market.

Guards, Governments Seek to Save African Forests
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Gray, Reuters

Patrolling in a wooden boat between the thickly forested banks of the broad Sangha river, the four "eco-guards" have something to show for their efforts to tackle poaching in this swathe of central Africa.

Bush Seeks $867 Million Budget for Forest Thinning
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Bush administration will ask Congress to increase funding to $867 million in fiscal year 2006 for a plan to help reduce the risk of wildfires in federal forests, a senior administration official said Thursday.

US Senate Panel May Deadlock on Utility Emissions
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

A Senate panel fight over whether carbon dioxide should be included in a plan to limit pollutants emitted by U.S. utilities threatened on Wednesday to derail a Bush administration push for a bill this year.

California, Environmental Groups Sue to Block Sierra National Forest Plan
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

California's attorney general joined environmental groups Tuesday in suing the federal government to block its plan to manage 11.5 million acres of Sierra National Forest, which calls for increased logging.

Lawmakers in Six Midwestern States Announce Regional Environmental Effort
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Glover, Associated Press

Legislators from six Midwestern states Tuesday announced a regional effort to enact tougher laws protecting children from environmental dangers.

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