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.

Fiji War Chant Used to Spur Marine Conservation
June 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

A Fijian war chant with a blood-thirsty message helped persuade South Pacific islanders to support an award-winning plan to protect the area's marine life, a regional chief said Wednesday.

Prototype Toilets Aim to Flush away Beijing Drought
June 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Beijing residents can do their bit to ease the city's severe water shortage problem from the comfort of their toilet seat, according to an exhibition which opened on Wednesday.

Bank of America to Offer Incentives to Buy Hybrids
June 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

Driving a hybrid car already means free parking at meters in one Connecticut city and reserved parking spots near the front door of a New Hampshire company. Now, some Bank of America Corp. employees will receive $3,000 cash if they buy one of the fuel-efficient vehicles.

Plan to Raise Missouri River Leads to Concerns about Flooding, Shortages
June 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Chuck Brown, Associated Press

Reshaping the Missouri River to make it easier to navigate made it less hospitable to three animals on the federal endangered species list, including an ancient fish called the pallid sturgeon.

U.N. Warns of Conflict Risk from Growth of Deserts
June 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Hamid Ould Ahmed, Reuters

The United Nations used World Environment Day on Monday to warn that the growth of deserts was a growing obstacle to ending poverty and a threat to peace.

Brazil OKs Paving Amazon Road on Environment Day
June 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gave the green light Monday to paving a controversial road through the Amazon rainforest, benefiting farmers and worrying environmentalists.

Black Sea Summit Opens in Romanian Capital
June 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Alison Mutler, Associated Press

Leaders of Black Sea countries met on Monday for a summit aimed at combatting the region's drug- and people-smuggling networks, finding ways of tackling pollution and discussing alternative energy routes.

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