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Off-Roaders, Environmentalists Vie for Surprising Canyon Near Death Valley
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

The fight over Surprise Canyon boils down to whether the rights of private property owners trump the protection of a fragile oasis on public land. The off-roaders have dusted off a Civil War-era mining law that places the public access rights of local governments and private individuals above the rights of the federal government.

EU Trade Chief Says Europe Can Green Globe by Pushing Trade Partners
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Aoife White, Associated Press

Europe can green the globe by pushing trade partners to eliminate tariffs on clean and renewable power technology, EU trade chief Peter Mandelson said Monday.

Groups Urge Fish Consumption Advisory
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

The nation's largest gold-producing state is being asked to investigate whether mercury emissions from its mines are contaminating area fisheries.

2006 Sees Record Number of Wildfires
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The nation set a record for wildfires this year and climate experts say 2006 will probably end as the third warmest year on record for the contiguous United States.

Asian Boom Undercuts Pollution Cleanup
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Asia's economic boom has caused a surge in car and motorcycle sales, undercutting efforts to promote public transport in the region and clean up its dirty skies, delegates told a pollution conference Thursday.

Scientist Says New Data Backs Sulphur Climate Plan
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Ari Rabinovitch, Reuters

Nobel Prize laureate Paul Crutzen says he has new data supporting his controversial theory that injecting the common pollutant sulphur into the atmosphere would cancel out the greenhouse effect.

Group Challenges Wolf Recovery Program
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Sue Major Holmes, Associated Press

An environmental group went to court Thursday in an effort to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand a program to reintroduce the endangered Mexican gray wolf in New Mexico and Arizona.

Gore Urges Scientists to Be More Active
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday there was a "temptation" to suppress scientific findings that don't agree with policy and urged scientists to take a more active role in communicating research with the public.

Two-Thirds of Congo Basin Forests Could Disappear
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Tansa Musa, Reuters

Two-thirds of the forests in the Congo River Basin could disappear within 50 years if logging and mineral exploitation continues at current rates, environmental group WWF said in a report.

Argentine Province Halts Mining on Pollution Fears
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Helen Popper, Reuters

Lawmakers in an Argentine province famous for its wine and ski resorts have suspended all open-pit mining due to strong environmental opposition, deputies and industry sources said Thursday.

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