EU Commission Proposes Stricter Emissions Standards for Cars
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Commission approved a bill Wednesday to impose stricter emission standards on vehicles and seek to close a loophole that allows gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles to escape the EU pollution limits.

Democrats Block Alaska Drilling in U.S. Defense Bill
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett and Julie Vorman, Reuters

Senate Democrats succeeded Wednesday in blocking, for now, oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which Republicans sought to add to a massive massive $453 billion war-time military spending bill.

Scientists Study Coral Reefs in Caribbean
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

U.S. government scientists were taking aerial photos and conducting underwater surveys to study a coral disease threatening life in the Caribbean Sea.

Ford Releases Emissions Report, Says More Cooperation Needed
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it is taking action to reduce harmful emissions from its plants and vehicles, but the automaker said continued progress depends on industry, government, and consumers.

Seven U.S. States Sign CO2 Plan in Break with Bush
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Seven northeastern U.S. states have signed the country's first plan to create a market for heat-trapping carbon dioxide by curbing emissions at power plants.

EPA Proposes New Health-Based Soot Limits on Air Pollution
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The EPA proposed stricter daily limits Tuesday for how many microscopic particles of air pollution, or soot, are safe for all Americans to breathe from the nation's smokestacks and tailpipes.

Proposed Environmental Safeguards Challenged by Opponents of Arctic Refuge Drilling
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The proposal to drill for oil in an Alaska wildlife refuge will create the most environmentally friendly oil field in the world, Interior Secretary Gale Norton said Tuesday -- a claim disputed by drilling opponents.

Greenpeace Buys Tons of Illegally Cut Brazilian Wood, Delivers it to Police
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Glendenning, Associated Press

Environmental activists parked a truckload of illegally cut Amazon hardwood in front of a police station in Brazil's largest city on Monday to demonstrate how easy it is to skirt the law.

Chinese Companies, World Bank Deal Sign $930 Million Deal To Sell Pollution Credits
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter Enav, Associated Press

A World Bank fund will buy pollution credits from two Chinese chemical companies under a plan that lets richer countries meet commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions by paying for reductions in poorer economies.

Temperatures Climb as Warming Talks Stall
December 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

In the high Arctic, deep in the Atlantic, on Africa's sunbaked plains, climate scientists are seeing change unfold before their eyes.

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