Regulator Says China Must Step up Environmental Protection or Face Disaster
March 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Audra Ang, Associated Press

China must sharply improve environmental protection or it could face disaster following two decades of breakneck growth that have poisoned its air, water and soil, the country's top environmental official warned Saturday.

Chinese Political Representatives Say Industrial Pollution Killing Bohai Sea
March 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Chinese representatives to the country's legislature have expressed fears that pollution from booming industries is killing much of the marine life in the country's eastern Bohai Sea.

Militant Peasants Raid Aracruz Farm in Brazil
March 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Sinara Sandri, Reuters

Protesters invaded a plantation in southern Brazil owned by Aracruz, the world's biggest producer of bleached eucalyptus pulp, saying they opposed the mass cultivation of eucalyptus trees near one of Aracruz's four main factories.

U.S. Government Declines to Protect Two Rare Plants in U.S. Virgin Islands
March 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. government has declined to give federal protection to two plants species found only in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

EPA Soot Rules Said Not Strict Enough
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Rodrish, Associated Press

Proposed federal regulations for soot, although stricter than current standards, are not strict enough, dozens of environmental and public-health advocates said Wednesday at a public hearing.

Ice Thawing Earlier on Maine Lakes
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Ice on dozens of lakes in Maine and four other states is melting earlier in the year than in decades past, according to a new analysis.

EPA, Auto Industry Reach Deal on Mercury
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency, the auto industry and environmental groups said Wednesday they have agreed to start a national program to collect mercury switches from scrapped automobiles.

Global Warming Threatens New Guinea Paradise
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Exotic species in a little-known "Garden of Eden" in the mountains of New Guinea island are under threat from global warming, New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday.

Companies Keep Cell Phones out of Trash and Turn Them into Cash
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Allison Bruce, Ventura County Star

Phone carriers in California soon will have to offer buyers a way to return their cell phone to be resold or recycled.

Senate Urged to Safeguard Species Act
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

As a Senate committee prepares to take up revisions to the Endangered Species Act, nearly 6,000 biologists from around the country signed a letter Wednesday urging senators to preserve scientific protections in the landmark law.

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