Stockholm Congestion Charges Reduce Traffic by up to 25 Percent
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A six-month trial of congestion fees in the Swedish capital has reduced traffic coming in and out of central Stockholm by 20-25 percent on an average weekday, according to an initial study released Wednesday.

Brazil Creates Three New Protected Areas in Amazon Rainforest
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva decreed three new protected areas in the Amazon basin Wednesday, placing 1.84 million hectares (4.55 million acres) of rainforest off-limits for development.

Offshore Drilling Bill Advances in House
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Legislation that would end a quarter-century ban on drilling in most of the Outer Continental Shelf advanced in the House on Wednesday. The measure would allow oil and gas development in restricted offshore waters unless a state prohibited it.

Hydraulic Hybrid Trucks Promise Fuel Savings, Cleaner Air
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - David Hammer, Associated Press

The U.S. government released a model delivery truck, replete with a new hybrid hydraulic system built for the Environmental Protection Agency that will be tested on the streets of Detroit in August.

Bush Administration Agrees to Protect Roadless Forests in Three States from Logging
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The Bush administration Wednesday approved requests from three Eastern governors to bar commercial logging in remote sections of national forests in their states.

Liberia Seeks Prosperity from Blood-Stained Forests
June 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Liberia hopes to turn its forests, once dubbed "blood timber" and felled to buy weapons, into a new asset through a combination of protection and controlled harvesting, a government official said on Tuesday.

Sharply Divided Supreme Court Tackles Wetland Protection
June 20, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

After fighting the federal government for more than 18 years, Keith Carabell is resigned to more uncertainty after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered another look at his plan to build condominiums in a wetland area.

Conference Studies How to Make Biodiversity Pay off for Africa
June 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Jerome Delay, Associated Press

Organized by Conservation International, a Washington-based environmental group, a five-day conference of more than 400 delegates will examine how to use Africa's unmatched biodiversity to ease poverty and lay a foundation for sustainable development.

Newest National Monument a Scenic Wonder, But Few Can Visit
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

The newest national monument boasts crystalline blue water, unspoiled islands with white sand beaches and vast reefs teeming with marine life. But the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands will never be a place visitors can see by just packing the kids into the car for a week.

India to Give Army Powers to Protect Wildlife
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalia, Reuters

India plans to enlist the army to help protect its threatened tiger population and other animals, giving soldiers the power to arrest or even shoot poachers, wildlife officials said on Monday.

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