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Brazil Environmentalist Shot in Rain Forest
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Rodrigo Gaier, Reuters
A Brazilian environmentalist was killed in an Atlantic rain forest Tuesday night, only 10 days after a U.S. nun and activist against illegal logging was murdered in the Amazon jungle.
Retreat of Antarctic Ice Shelves Is Not New, Report Says
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Sue Leeman, Associated Press
The current retreat of ice shelves in the Antarctic due to global warming is nothing new -- but this time the problem is manmade and therefore potentially more serious, according to research released Wednesday.
Amazon Land Grab Fuels Brazil Progress, Violence
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Angus MacSwan, Reuters
Brazilians call it "grilagem," the grabbing of land by fraud and violence. In the Amazon jungles of huge, wild Para state, it is carried out by an informal alliance of "grileiros," loggers, ranchers and businessmen backed by private militias and gunmen.
Bays Spared Freshwater Waste, UMass Study Finds
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Reynolds, The Providence Journal, R.I.
Not too long ago, scientists believed that septic pollution and other similar waste in freshwater streams and rivers also posed a threat to the many saltwater bays on the coast.
Tree Sacrifice in Durham Pains Builder
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Margie Fishman, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.
Mark Heizer recalls one Saturday in November when he set out to destroy 11 trees on his property at the behest of the city Public Works Department.
Bush, Schroeder to Make Pledges on Climate Change, Official Says
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Tony Czuczka, Associated Press
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and U.S. President George W. Bush were expected to make pledges on efficient energy use and combating air pollution at their meeting Wednesday in Germany, a government official said.
Up to 11 Wilderness Areas Could Join National Forest
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Steelhammer, The Charleston Gazette
As many as 11 and as few as zero new wilderness areas will be recommended for inclusion in the Monongahela National Forest, according to a recently released draft of an updated management plan for the 910,000-acre forest.
Green Waste a Burning Rural Issue
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Niesha Lofing, The Sacramento Bee
Temperatures are rising in Granite Bay over residents burning their green waste, a typically rural practice that continues to thrive in this changing community.
Japanese Government Gets Tough on Diesel
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun
The Environment Ministry on Tuesday decided to introduce new regulations to tighten regulations on diesel vehicle exhaust fumes from 2009, with the aim of significantly lowering nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions, sources said.
More Japanese Firms Producing Materials Less Harmful to Environment
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Masayoshi Minato, Kyodo News International, Tokyo
An increasing number of Japanese corporations have begun producing biodegradable plastics and other materials less harmful to the environment than conventional ones using plants, reflecting rising environmental consciousness.