Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Earth is at risk, scientists say

Report warns of growing threats to world ecosystem

WASHINGTON — We are using the Earth to improve our lives, but our children and grandchildren will live in a worsening environment that endangers their existence, more than 1,300 scientists warn.

In a report to be released today, a team of international experts concludes that the world is at risk on a variety of fronts, including a skyrocketing runoff of nutrient-rich farm waste that is killing swaths of the world's oceans, a massive wave of animal and plant extinctions, and a planet that is growing warmer...

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