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EU Approves Plan for Industrial Carbon Dioxide Trading Rights for Greece
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jan Sliva, Associated Press

Greece became the last country to meet European Union criteria allowing emissions trading, joining a scheme at the heart of the EU's policy to cut carbon dioxide emissions, officials said Monday.

Sierra Nevada Growth To Bring More Congestion, Development, Report Says
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

The population of the Sierra Nevada could triple in the next 35 years, threatening many of the mountain range's Gold Rush-era towns with sprawl, gridlock and pollution, according to a report released Tuesday.

Alaska Natives Push for More Toxin Studies
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Alaska Natives have seen runny bone marrow in moose and caribou, and lesions and parasites in fish -- and that makes Shawna Larson wonder if toxic chemicals in these traditional foods are making people sick, too.

For Foundering Alaska Village, Bridge Seen as Lifeline
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Volz, Associated Press

Every morning, South Naknek's 14 schoolchildren eat breakfast, kiss their parents goodbye and head to the airport for the daily flight on their school bus in the sky.

Conservation and Culture to Clash at Whaling Forum
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Culture and conservation will clash during this week's meeting of the International Whaling Commission, with some nations pushing for more whales to be caught, while others remain firmly opposed.

Connecticut Military Base Closing Threatens Environment
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Ellen Wulfhorst and Adam Tanner, Reuters

The proposed closing of America's oldest submarine base could not only rob the area of a vital economic engine but leave the land too contaminated by toxic waste for quick redevelopment, Connecticut authorities say.

U.S. Resists Strong Summit Language on Global Warming
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration is working in advance of next month's summit of industrial nation leaders to resist naming global warming as an urgent problem that requires aggressive action.

Four Regions of Spain at Risk of Becoming Deserts, Government Report Says
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Four regions of Spain are at risk of turning slowly into deserts, the Environment Ministry said Thursday. The government plans to spend 82.5 million euros (US$100 million) to try and stem the environmental degradation.

EPA Sets New Rules for Cleaner Air in Parks and Wilderness Areas
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Visitors to hazy national parks and wilderness areas once again might see a clear day -- even if not forever -- under new rules that will require power plants, steel mills and other facilities to cut pollution by a million tons a year.

Alleged Clean Air Violations to Cost Oil Refineries Nearly $1 Billion in New Pollution Controls
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Four companies -- Valero, Sunoco, Tesoro and Suncor Energy -- will install nearly $1 billion in new pollution controls at 18 oil refineries in settlements with the government and seven states over alleged violations of clean air laws.

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