Older, Wiser but Ghana Is Less Green at 50
March 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Orla Ryan, Reuters
The first country in sub-Saharan Africa to win independence, Ghana turns 50 this month. While it may be older and wiser, it is also decidedly less green. Originally forests covered 36 percent of Ghana's territory but by 2000 this had shrunk to just 10 percent, according to a 2004 report by the country's Environmental Protection Agency.
Rare Iranian Cheetahs Get Tracking Collars
March 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Scientists said Thursday they have for the first time collared a pair of Iran's rare cheetahs with tracking systems which they hope will provide invaluable insights into the movements and range of the highly endangered animals.
European Lighting Industry Agrees to Push Energy-Saving Bulbs
March 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press
The world's three largest light bulb makers said Thursday they will push European consumers to switch to energy-saving bulbs in a bid to cut carbon dioxide emissions that are believed to contribute to global warming.
Science Team to Search Gulf of Mexico
March 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
Famed undersea explorer Robert Ballard is leading a team of scientists heading into the Gulf of Mexico for a weeklong examination of Texas' ancient shoreline to see if anybody may have lived there.
Twenty New Ocean Species Found in Indonesia
March 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press
Twenty new species of sharks and rays have been discovered in Indonesia in a five-year survey of catches at local fish markets, Australian researchers said Wednesday.
Group Says Ocean Harm Should Force U.S. Carbon Regulation
March 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters
A wildlife conservation group said it is trying to pressure U.S. states to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under federal clean water laws because of harm the gas does to the cycle of life in the ocean.
Scientists Wary of Lake Superior Warming
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
For Jay Austin, who has made a career of studying the Great Lakes, the warming climate around Lake Superior is no mystery. But he was surprised to find the waters of the lake itself warming even more rapidly.
Environmental Activists Use Cell Phone Ringtones to Make Nature Statement
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press
Amid the cacophony of cell phone ringtones these days, add these: the clickety-click-click of a rare Central American poison arrow dart frog, the howl of a Mexican gray wolf and the bellows of an Arctic beluga whale.
DNA From Ivory May Lead to Poachers
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
The complex science of DNA analysis is now helping protect elephants by showing police and conservationists the source of black-market ivory. The price of ivory has nearly quadrupled in recent years, prompting poachers to kill more elephants to sell their tusks illegally.
Dung Power at U.S. Ethanol Plant
February 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Carey Gillam, Reuters
The frosty-breathed cattle jostling for position at a feeding trough in rural Nebraska are not quite as typical as they appear: their manure is being captured in a new bid to quench America's thirst for ethanol.