Beijing To Shut Down Heavy Polluters During Games
May 31, 2007 12:00 AM - Nick Mulvenney, Reuters

Beijing will shut down smoke-belching factories and ban thousands of cars from city streets to improve air quality during next year's Olympic Games, a senior city official said on Thursday.

Peruvian Mahogany Logged Illegally, Report Says
May 31, 2007 12:00 AM - Gideon Long, Reuters

More than 12 percent of the mahogany exported by Peru is logged illegally and most of the companies working in the sector are guilty, environmentalists said Wednesday in a report rejected by the government.

Montana Delays Slaughter of 300 Bison Amid Uproar
May 31, 2007 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

Public outrage prompted a temporary stay of execution Wednesday for 300 bison, including an estimated 100 calves, roaming in Montana outside the confines of Yellowstone National Park.

China City Suspends Chemical Plant after Uproar
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

Chinese citizens alarmed about pollution won a rare victory on Wednesday when a city froze a chemical project after angry residents joined in opposition through a flood of mobile phone text messages.

Cows in New Zealand Produce Low-Fat Milk
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

New Zealand scientists are breeding a herd of cows that produce lower-fat milk after the chance discovery of a natural gene mutation in one animal.

U.S. Aboriginal Whaling Quotas Renewed at IWC
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Daisuke Wakabayashi and Yereth Rosen, Reuters

The International Whaling Commission renewed a five-year whaling quota for indigenous people in the United States and Russia Tuesday, allowing Alaska Natives to continue hunting bowhead whales for subsistence purposes.

Indian Firm To Burn Toxic Waste from 1984 Industrial Disaster
May 29, 2007 12:00 AM - R.K. Misra, Associated Press

An Indian firm plans to burn toxic waste from the Bhopal disaster, the world's worst industrial accident, despite environmentalists' objections. The firm, Bharuch Environ Infrastructure Ltd., said burning the waste poses no threat.

WHO Urges Ban on Smoking in Public Buildings
May 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press

The U.N. health agency on Tuesday issued its strongest policy recommendations yet for controlling tobacco use, urging all countries to ban smoking at indoor workplaces and in public buildings.

Do Trees Make It OK to Drive an SUV?
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Hill, Associated Press

If you plant some trees, is it OK to drive an Escalade? The question isn't as silly as it sounds. People worried about global warming increasingly are trying to "offset" the carbon dioxide _ the leading greenhouse gas _ they spew into the atmosphere when they drive, fly or flick on a light.

The Coral Sea Vista Opened Up By British Judges
May 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Luke Baker, Reuters

In a decision handed down by the law lord in charge of appeals, the Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke, flanked on his dais by two equally grave judges, it was decreed the British government had abused its power when it evicted the Chagossians four decades ago. The Chagossians could go home.

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