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EU Proposes Ways To Make Dismantling Old Ships Safer for Humans, Environment
May 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union should play a more active role in halting the scrapping of old ships in dangerous and polluting conditions in Asia, a practice likely to worsen as single-hull tankers are phased out in favor of safer double-hulled vessels, the top EU environment official said Wednesday.

Denver Monkey Dead from Bubonic Plague
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Denver Zoo monkey has died of bubonic plague, apparently after eating a squirrel stricken with the disease, Colorado health and zoo officials said Monday.

Film Stars and Their Green Credentials
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Leonardo DiCaprio is in Cannes for its 60th film festival with "The 11th Hour," an environmental documentary and the latest product of Hollywood's growing concern over global warming.

World Growth Spurs Faster Climate Change, Report Says
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Global warming is occurring faster than predicted because rapid economic growth has resulted in higher than expected greenhouse gas emissions since 2000, said an Australian report on Tuesday.

Forest Service Aims To Close Nature-Deficit Gap by Getting Kids out into the Woods
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Students from New York to Alaska will be exploring forests and wetlands this year as part of an effort by the U.S. Forest Service to get kids out of the classroom and into the woods.

Can Americans Get Charged on Electric Cars?
May 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Mary Milliken, Reuters

While others hammer away at battery technology to make all-electric cars go further and cost less, ZAP (as in zero air pollution) believes it has the formula in its tiny Xebra cars made in China: Plug it in at home and go up to 40 miles per hour for up to 25 miles).

Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Rules for Hybrids in Car Pool Lanes
May 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

The government proposed new criteria Thursday for certifying vehicles as clean and energy efficient -- standards for states that let hybrid drivers travel without passengers in the special lanes to avoid rush-hour traffic.

Americans Discover the Allure of Off-Grid Living
May 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

A growing number of Americans are shunning power lines, choosing to live "off the grid," without commercial power -- and still enjoying their computers and large-screen televisions.

West Nile Virus Decimates Suburban Birds
May 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Birds that once flourished in suburban skies, including robins, bluebirds and crows, have been devastated by West Nile virus, a study found.

U.N. Professor Says Climate Change Is Creating New Refugees Who Deserve U.N. Protection
May 17, 2007 12:00 AM - Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press

Increasing global temperatures and land degradation are forcing more people to migrate, creating a wave of environmental refugees who need U.N. protection, a professor at the United Nations University said.

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