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Scientists Launch Project to Save Caspian Beluga
June 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Bagila Bukharbayeva, Associated Press

Three men struggle to lift a squirming, nearly 2-meter (6.5 foot) gray fish with a pointy nose and distinctive jagged spine and spill it into the green waters of the Caspian Sea.

Beijing Orders a Day without Cars, Elevators, Air Conditioning for Civil Servants
June 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Chinese government has ordered civil servants to do without cars, elevators and air conditioning on Tuesday as part of an energy-saving awareness campaign, state media said.

Gore to Train 1,000 to Spread Word about Climate
June 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Al Gore hopes to train 1,000 messengers he hopes will spread out across the country and present a slide show about global warming that captures the essence of his Hollywood documentary and book.

Gypsy Moth Invasion Ruining N.J. Forests
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An invasion of gypsy moths has been destroying thousands of acres of New Jersey forests in the span of a month, setting the state up for its worst outbreak since the caterpillars defoliated 140,000 acres in 2001.

Forest Service Auctions Timber from Burned-Over Section of National Forest
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

To the dismay of environmentalists, the U.S. Forest Service auctioned off timber from a remote, burned-over section of a national forest Friday in the first such sale since the Bush administration eased logging restrictions.

U.N. Scheme to Save One Billion Tonnes of Greenhouse Gas
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A U.N. scheme to promote renewable energy use in poor nations is growing sharply and will axe emissions of greenhouse gases by more than a billion tonnes by 2012, the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat said on Friday.

Eagles from Maryland Helping to Establish Population in Vermont
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

A circling bald eagle overhead is the only sign there are babies in the nest 65 feet up a loblolly pine tree. Biologist Craig Koppie isn't sure what he'll find in the nest until he climbs, peers inside and shouts down the good news -- "Triplets!"

Japan Tries to Cut Down on Plastic Bags
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Hiroko Tabuchi, Associated Press

The mega-packaging keeps your food hot, your drink cool and your newspaper clean, but environmentalists say it also creates a mountain of plastic waste that fouls the air, pollutes the oceans and contributes to global warming.

Shrinking Dead Sea Faces Fight to Survive
June 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Tali Caspi, Reuters

Too salty to sustain life, the Dead Sea is a draw for tourists who come to float in its greasy-feeling buoyant brine. Devotees also believe its waters and the mud at the margins are good for the skin.

Indian Carpool Portal on Call as Fuel Prices Rise
June 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

India's first carpool Web site aims to get a boost from a rise in fuel prices, hoping this will lure office-goers looking to lighten the burden on their pockets.

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