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Indonesian Tropical Island Torn Apart by Tin Mining

The coconut palms on the tropical beaches of the Indonesian island of Bangka open up to reveal a landscape so devastated by mining that it bears an eerie resemblance to the surface of the moon. >> Read the Full Article

Myanmar Learns To Live with the Lights Out

Chronic power shortages in Myanmar are leaving cities in the former Burma shrouded in almost permanent blackout, driving its citizens to despair and crippling an economy reeling from decades of military misrule. >> Read the Full Article

Deforestation Effects Depend on Location

The effect of deforestation on climate depends on three things -- location, location and location. Environmentalists concerned about global warming have long encouraged preservation of forests because they absorb carbon dioxide, the most abundant greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. >> Read the Full Article

New Climate Change Report Released

Warming temperatures will cause increased drought and sea-level rises in Australia and New Zealand by 2030 and threaten ecologically rich sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, according to excerpts from a new scientific report released Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Wild Parrots Make a Home in Brooklyn

It is an urban jungle. Take a walk around the soccer field at Brooklyn College, and there, among the pigeons and starlings, you will see parrots. Bright green feathers, orange beaks, native-to-South-America parrots. >> Read the Full Article

Massachusetts Governor Says Federal Fishing Rules Create Economic Disaster

Massachusetts' governor on Monday requested federal relief for Massachusetts commercial fishermen, saying new fishing limits have caused "a true economic disaster" and cost the industry $22 million (euro16.45 million) in the state famed in the United States for its seafood. >> Read the Full Article

Effort to Catalog Species Tops One Million

A worldwide scientific effort to catalog every living species has topped the 1 million milestone. Six years into the program the total has reached 1,009,000, researchers report. They hope to complete the listing by 2011, reaching an expected total of about 1.75 million species. >> Read the Full Article

Love & Music? Yes. Carbon? No. Woodstock, N.Y., Takes on Global Warming

Woodstock is best known for the 1969 rock concert that borrowed its name and was held some 50 miles away in Bethel. But the old artists' colony is plugging firmly into the zeitgeist of 2007, a time when hybrid cars are hot and Al Gore's climate-change documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," won two Oscars. >> Read the Full Article

Don't Buy Products from Illegal Logging, Indonesia Says

Indonesia appealed on Monday to world consumers to stop buying products made from illegally logged wood, and said rich countries should pay the poor to preserve forests in the battle against global warming. >> Read the Full Article

Forecaster Blasts Gore on Global Warming

A top hurricane forecaster called Al Gore "a gross alarmist" Friday for making an Oscar-winning documentary about global warming. "He's one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things," Dr. William Gray said in an interview with The Associated Press at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans. >> Read the Full Article