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China Giant Panda Sanctuary Put on UN Heritage List
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Darius James Ross, Reuters

A bamboo-covered mountainous sanctuary in China which houses nearly a third of the world's last remaining giant pandas was on Wednesday added to the U.N. World Heritage List.

Group Files Lawsuit to Prevent New Grazing Rules
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

A conservationist group is asking a federal court to block new grazing regulations that it contends would give ranchers more water rights and control over public lands.

EU Proposes Tougher Rules on Pesticides
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Commission proposed stricter rules Wednesday to regulate the use of pesticides including mandatory record-keeping of their use by farmers and a ban on aerial spraying.

Greenpeace Warns Drift Nets Threatening Mediterranean Marine Life
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The environmental group Greenpeace urged Mediterranean countries on Wednesday to crack down on drift net fishing, warning the illegal practice was threatening marine life.

Gore Praises Wal-Mart for Sustainability Plans
July 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Marcus Kabel, Associated Press

Former Vice President Al Gore on Wednesday praised Wal-Mart for a newfound focus on environmental sustainability, saying the retailer showed there is no conflict between the environment and the economy.

Pearl Jam Donates Green to Offset Carbon Emissions
July 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Pearl Jam has promised to donate $100,000 to several groups that focus on climate change, renewable energy and other environmental causes as part of an effort to offset carbon emissions the band churns out on tour.

Happy Isle Tops Happy Planet Index
July 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The tiny nation of Vanuatu, one of the "happy isles of Oceania", has topped a new index that measures quality of life against environmental impact, with industrial countries, perhaps unsurprisingly, faring badly.

Tom Brokaw Joins the Battle against Global Warming
July 10, 2006 12:00 AM - David Bauder, Associated Press

Tom Brokaw is giving Al Gore some company in the effort to raise awareness of global warming. The former NBC anchorman is host of "Global Warming: What You Need to Know," which doubles as an explainer and call to action for average Americans.

Overfishing Among Threats to Ecosystems
July 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Garry Mitchell, Associated Press

A study in a recent issue of the journal Science says damage to marine ecosystems has accelerated over the past 150-300 years with population growth, luxury resorts and homes and expanded industry.

Most Endangered Whale Gets Protection
July 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Thousands of square miles off Alaska have been designated as critical habitat for North Pacific right whales, considered the most endangered whale in the world.

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