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German Cabinet Approves Tax Breaks for Diesel Cars with Soot Filters
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The German government on Wednesday approved plans to offer a tax break of up to euro350 (US$450) to owners of diesel-powered cars fitted with soot-blocking particle filters.

Court Backs Cheney on Energy Meetings
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Charlie Savage, The Boston Globe

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Vice President Dick Cheney will not have to release details about the role of energy executives in private meetings Cheney held to craft national energy strategies, a decision that probably brings an end to a long-running and politically charged lawsuit.

You Make the Difference! -- An ENN Commentary
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Ronald Sanabria, Rainforest Alliance

Accompanied by the roar of crashing waves and the song of tiny frogs practicing their nocturnal serenade, my colleagues and I arrived at the end of another workday on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast -- a region blessed by natural beauty and rich local culture.

Dozens of Closed Military Bases are on EPA's Superfund List of Worst Toxic Waste Sites
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Thirty-four military bases shut down since 1988 are on the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund list of worst toxic waste sites -- most of them for at least 15 years -- and not one is completely cleaned up.

Project Bringing Eagles Back to Ireland
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press

An effort to reintroduce the golden eagle in Ireland, where the bird of prey was hunted to extinction nearly a century ago, has taken an important step forward, the project's manager announced Wednesday.

Bahrain Adds Sea Horse-Shaped Island to Odd Collection of Manmade Gulf Archipelago
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Adnan Malik, Associated Press

Man-made islands shaped like palm trees and a map of the world are already rising above the turquoise Persian Gulf, and Bahrain said Wednesday it wants to join the craze by building an island of its own -- in the shape of a sea horse.

Salmon Farm Escapees Threaten Wild Cousins, WWF Says
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A quarter of salmon in seas off Norway are escapees from fish farms, threatening the survival of their wild cousins in a cautionary tale for fish farmers worldwide, the WWF conservation group said on Thursday.

Backpackers Flock to Rebuild Thai Party Island
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Tarrant, Reuters

Two young British men sit shirtless on a Phi Phi beach, wearing surfer shorts, leather thong necklaces and Indian bracelets -- an iconic image of one of the great party-hard destinations on the hippie-backpacker trail.

EPA Says Toxic Pollution Levels Fall Six Percent
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Despite increases in levels of mercury, PCBs and dioxin, overall chemical pollution released into the environment fell more than 6 percent in the latest report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.

New Species of Rodent Found in Laos
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Is it a squirrel, a rat, a guinea pig? Maybe a chinchilla? The long-whiskered rodent with stubby legs and a tail covered with dense hair resembles them all but has turned out be a previously unknown species that actually represents an entire new family of wildlife, the Wildlife Conservation Society said.

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