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Crying out against man's destruction of the natural environment, Pope John Paul II warned Tuesday that a global ecological crisis threatens not only the well-being of humanity but world peace as well. The Pope attacked greedy consumerism, the pillaging of natural resources and the "indiscriminate application of science and technology" as elements in a global crisis he said is moral as well as material.
Humans now consume more of the Earth's natural resources than the planet can replace, raising doubts about the long-range sustainability of modern economies, according to a new study being published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For the last 20 years, people have been depleting natural resources, including fish, forests and arable land, at a rapid rate.
June 7, 1999
California's natural resources have suffered for the past 16 years under prior governors. Now, under Gov. Gray Davis, who promised to be a friend of the environment, the state's natural resources face yet another stingy budget. Even with a $4.3-billion surplus to draw on, Davis added relatively little to the resources budget, leaving it even smaller than the final outlay of Gov. Pete Wilson.
April 5, 2005
There is no shortage of frightening reports on the future of our planet making the rounds, but the granddaddy of sky-is-falling warnings came last week from the United Nations. In sum: Without radical changes, 1 billion of the world's poorest citizens will, within 50 years, be deprived of the fresh air, clean water and other basic natural resources they need to survive. The U.N.'
August 8, 1994 | From Associated Press
Toward an outdated goal of developing the West, the federal government is virtually giving away billions of dollars' worth of natural resources to subsidize private business, a congressional report says. The subsidies come in the form of cheap water, underpriced timber and help for private interests ranging from mining companies to ranchers and farmers, according to a study released Sunday by the House Natural Resources Committee.
June 5, 1994
The opening this weekend of some 6,600 acres of land that stretch from Coast Highway inland through Emerald Canyon to the north and from Laguna Canyon Road to Crystal Cove State Park was a double dose of good news for nature lovers and for those who cherish the preservation of precious open space. In making good on a 4-year-old promise, the Irvine Co. has made this rare reserve accessible to the public through tours.
September 9, 1988 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Times Staff Writer and
Walt Wright sat at a folding table at the Museum of Natural History and Science in Newport Beach, surrounded by fossil shells neatly packed in clear plastic shoe boxes. The specimens were just part--a small part--of Wright's personal collection. To demonstrate the size of his full collection, Wright pointed to one of dozens of metal lockers on a wall in the museum's collection room. "That's their collection of Pleistocene (fossils), that one cabinet there," Wright said.
August 21, 1991
When Mikhail S. Gorbachev was ousted, so were some of the achievements that blossomed under perestroika. Among them: Union Treaty: Gorbachev was to officiate at the treaty's signing, scheduled to begin Tuesday. His treaty would have kept the federation together while granting greater autonomy to the republics. These republics were to be given greater powers in the national legislature, military matters, foreign affairs, natural resources and the administration of energy resources.
March 18, 1986 | Mark Landsbaum
The California Conservation Corps will accept applications from men and women between the ages of 18 and 23 interested in working to restore and maintain the environment. The CCC is a work ethic program that employs more than 2,000 people a year. Members build parks and trails, plant trees, clear streams and restore historic buildings. They also can be called upon to fight fires and floods. Corps members receive three weeks' training, then are assigned to a CCC residential center.
March 1, 1987 | --Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
Satellite images of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, central Guatemala and Belize have shed new light on ancient Mayan civilization, such as the Mayas' settlement patterns and their use of natural resources, NASA scientists at the Ames Research Center said last week. The researchers in Mountain View, Calif., also found evidence of an ancient river plain, sea level changes and tectonic fault lines, which may have been important geographic elements in shaping Mayan civilization.
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