From: ENN
Published October 13, 2006 12:00 AM

October 9th - 13th

October 9th - 13thENNENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news October 2nd - 6th: Earth wobbles, tainted food, the Angolan ivory trade, a controversial cockroach-eating contest, and much more

Top Ten Articles of the Week

In the news October 9th - 13th: Earth wobbles, tainted food, the Angolan ivory trade, a controversial cockroach-eating contest, and much more

1. Study Shows Earth Wobbles Linked to Mammal Extinctions
Wobbles or variations in the Earth's orbit and tilt are associated with extinctions of rodent and mammalian species, Dutch scientists said on Wednesday.

2. Global Warming Seen Pushing up Insurance Costs
Global warming will push up insurance premiums in high-risk areas like coastal Florida and other hurricane-prone parts of the United States, an insurance company official said Tuesday.

3. Democrats Challenge EPA Pesticide Rule
Three Democrats in Congress have added their names to a lawsuit seeking to end any pesticide testing on children by the Environmental Protection Agency.

4. Bush Pushes Environment Moves, but Still Draws Ire
He's set up the world's largest protected marine reserve, raised air pollution standards and pledged to end damaging fishing, but President Bush still draws environmentalists' ire for his stance on global warming.

5. Poor Weather Forces Alaska Pipeline, Prudhoe Bay Offline
The nation's largest oil field and the trans-Alaska oil pipeline were shut down Tuesday after poor weather at both ends of the 800-mile pipeline caused havoc.

6. Tainted Food Scares Prompting More Consumers to Turn to Local Growers, Farmers Markets
Baskets overflow with fresh greens. Tomatoes blush a deep red. The competition for customers' attention is fierce at the Heirloom Organics farm stand during the lunch-hour rush.

7. Illegal Ivory Trade Prospers in Angola
Angola, which was devastated by nearly three decades of war before a peace deal in 2002, was reported to be the country of origin in 53 major seizures of ivory in some 12 countries between 1990 and 2003.

8. Post-Kyoto Climate Talks May Last to 2010, Expert Says
Talks on extending a U.N.-led fight against global warming beyond 2012 may last until 2010 to allow a wider U.S. role after President George W. Bush steps down, a U.N. expert said on Wednesday.

9. Climate Change May Hurt Asian Economies
Hotter temperatures and higher sea levels could devastate Asian economies, displace millions of people and put millions more at risk from infectious disease, according to a climate change report released Monday.

10. Cockroach-Eating Contest Bugs U.S. Animal Group
An animal rights group called Tuesday for a North American theme park operator to cancel a competition in which people will try to break the world cockroach-eating record.

Photo: A close-up view of a Northern flicker. Credit: Dave Menke/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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