Bush Proposes Large Increase for Parks Leading up to 100th Birthday Bash
February 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Jennifer Talhelm, Associated Press

National parks would get extra money next year to prepare for a big birthday bash -- their own. President Bush's 2008 budget, unveiled Monday, would give the National Park Service its largest-ever funding increase in preparation for the park system's 100th birthday in 2016.

Drought Triggers U.S. Water Wars, Pits Montana against Wyoming
February 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Matthew Brown, Associated Press

For eight years drought has choked the Bighorn River, chopping 30 miles (48 kilometers) off Bighorn Lake in recent summers and prompting tourists to go elsewhere. And now a U.S. senator from Montana -- anxious to tap the reservoir to feed a downstream trout fishery -- could end Lovell's recreational plans for good.

PM Says Australia Must Put Price on Carbon Emissions
February 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Australia must place a price on carbon emissions to fight climate change, Prime Minister John Howard said Monday in an apparent softening on his refusal to join in global carbon trading.

EU Wants Cleaner Fuel to Combat Climate Change
February 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Raf Casert, Associated Press

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed requirements to make fuel for transport vehicles cleaner as of 2011 to cut emissions of gasses that contribute to global warming.

Polar Bears Put Alaska Oil Development on Thin Ice
February 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Until now, the Alaskan oil industry and polar bears have coexisted peacefully, but proposals by the U.S. government to list polar bears as endangered by global warming have cast a shadow on oil development on Alaska's North Slope.

EPA Plan to Tighten Smog Standards Collides with Bush Goal to Cut Gas Use
January 31, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Federal scientists want to tighten smog standards, a step that would allow tens of millions of Americans to breathe easier. The plan also would run head-on into President Bush's hopes of weaning Americans from gasoline by using more smog-producing ethanol.

California May Ban Conventional Lightbulbs by 2012
January 31, 2007 12:00 AM - Bernie Woodall, Reuters

A California lawmaker wants to make his state the first to ban incandescent lightbulbs as part of California's groundbreaking initiatives to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

USDA Seeks Land Reserve of 6,250 Acres in Arkansas
January 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Federal and state officials will spend $9.4 million to enroll up to 6,250 acres of land in northeast Arkansas into a program to restore hardwood forests, boost animal populations, improve water quality and sequester carbon, federal officials said on Monday.

Australian State Leader Says Drinking Water Must Be Recycled
January 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

An Australian state plans to introduce recycled sewage to its drinking water as a record drought threatens water supplies around the nation, a state leader said Monday.

Washington Lawmakers Considering Legislation for Biofuels Production Incentives
January 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

Plenty of farmers and others in Washington state love the idea of growing crops to make clean-burning vehicle fuels to cut pollution and the nation's reliance on foreign oil.

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