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Earth May Be at Warmest Point in One Million Years
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Earth may be close to the warmest it has been in the last million years, especially in the part of the Pacific Ocean where potentially violent El Nino weather patterns are born, climate scientists reported Monday.

Timber Company Appeals Ruling Restoring Forest Protections
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

An Oregon timber company has appealed the reinstatement of protections on 58.5 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, saying it should be able to continue logging trees burned in a 2002 wildfire in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Evangelical Christian Lobbyist Pushes Environment
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

With his pin-stripe suit and media-ready manner, the Rev. Richard Cizik looks like a typical Washington lobbyist, but his is a mission with a difference: persuading evangelical Christians to care about global warming.

Honda Shows Cleaner Next-Generation Diesel, Streamlined Fuel Cell Car
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

The latest fuel cell vehicle from Honda, planned for limited marketing in Japan and the U.S. in 2008, has a slick, streamlined, close-to-the-ground look. Honda Motor Co.'s next-generation diesel engine delivers as clean a drive as a low-emission gas engine of comparable size.

Antarctic Ozone Hole Nears Record, U.N. Agency Says
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The hole over Antarctica's ozone layer is bigger than last year and is nearing the record 29-million-square-km (11-million-sq-mile) hole seen in 2000, the World Meteorological Organisation said on Friday.

Rampaging Elephants Anger Kenyan Farmers
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Muthigani Kiama, Reuters

Across Africa, animals and humans are coming into closer contact as swelling human populations put pressure on land. For about five years, marauding elephants from the nearby Mount Kenya forest have trampled the villagers' farms and destroyed their harvests.

Failure of Tsunami Reconstruction Leaves Humanitarian Agencies under Fire
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

The tsunami of 2004 triggered the biggest humanitarian response in history, feeding the hungry, heading off epidemics and engendering the hope that out of a calamity that took 216,000 lives, a better Indian Ocean rim would emerge.

U.S. Says Will Pull Alaska Wetlands from Oil Drilling
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

In a win for environmentalists, the U.S. Interior Department says it is willing to withdraw sensitive wetlands from a large area in Alaska's western Arctic region that it wanted to open next week to oil and natural gas drilling.

Indonesia Turns to Greener Motorised Rickshaws
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Diyan Jari and Sugita Katyal, Reuters

In August, Indian auto firm Bajaj Auto, maker of the three-wheel bajaj, rolled out a new compressed natural gas (CNG) model in a bid to cut pollution levels in a city almost perpetually shrouded in smog.

E. Coli Outbreak Mystifies Investigators
September 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

U.S. food safety regulators said Thursday they were still mystified by an outbreak of E. coli that has killed one person, sickened 157 and forced all fresh spinach to be pulled from store shelves.

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