Skin Trade Threatens World's Few Surviving Tigers
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters
The world's tiger population has plummeted by 95 percent from the start of the 20th century to as few as 5,000 now and is further threatened by the lucrative trade in their skins, officials told a forum on Friday.
Arctic People Seek Tropical Team on Global Warming
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Arctic peoples aim to team up with tropical islanders in a campaign against global warming, arguing that polar bears and palm-fringed beaches stand to suffer most.
Dead Cicadas Help the Soil, Study Reveals
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Eileen Putman, Associated Press
Even in death, the 17-year cicadas made their mark. Their decaying carcasses gave a super-size boost in nutrients to forest soil and stimulated seed and nitrogen production in a plant important to the forest ecosystem, researchers reported in Friday's issue of the journal Science.
Earliest Human-Ape Ancestor Found and Other Stories
November 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences
The earliest common ancestor of modern humans and apes found to date has been unearthed in Spain. At 13 million years old, Pierolapithecus catalunicus appeared just after lesser apes such as gibbons went down a separate evolutionary path from orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans.
US Military Taps Bugs and Weeds in War on Terror
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Caroline Drees, Reuters
Don't squash that bug! Cockroaches, beetles, spiders and worms may be the U.S. government's next line of defense in the war on terror.
Global Warming Fight To Get Harder from 2012, Says U.N.
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Fighting global warming will get tougher once the Kyoto protocol ends in 2012 and the world must try to get Washington involved in the long term, the head of the U.N. Environment Programme said on Wednesday.
Aborigines Hope Camel Exports Will End Poverty
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Kylie Stott, Reuters
A group of Aborigines shelter from the blazing outback sun beneath a large desert oak, sipping strong bush tea and hungrily eyeing the camel meat burgers sizzling on the camp grill.
World Conservation Union Says Bangkok Talks Boost Nature Protection Efforts
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Daniel Lovering, Associated Press
Scientists and officials strengthened efforts to forestall the extinction of thousands of species and protect the world's habitats in talks in Bangkok, but governments need to work harder to promote conservation, an international environment agency said Thursday.
Automakers May Feel Pressure by CalPERS to Improve Emissions
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Alexa H. Bluth, The Sacramento Bee
California State Controller Steve Westly and CalPERS board member Sean Harrigan want the state's pension fund to lean on automakers to comply with ground-breaking new standards adopted by the state Air Resources Board to help curb global warming.
Ontario Plans Renewable Energy for 100,000 Homes
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters
Ontario plans 10 new energy projects that could supply power to 100,000 homes from renewable sources like wind, hydro and landfill biogas, the provincial government said Wednesday.