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Volunteers Pluck Eight Million Pounds of Trash from Beaches
July 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

Cigarettes and their filters topped the list of trash items culled from beaches worldwide during last year's annual international coastal cleanup, according to a report.

Volunteers Pluck Eight Million Pounds of Trash from Beaches Worldwide
July 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

Cigarettes and their filters topped the list of trash items culled from beaches worldwide during last year's annual international coastal cleanup, according to a report.

House Concurs with US-Russia Accord on Polar Bears
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Abrams, Associated Press

The House gave its approval Monday to a U.S.-Russia treaty to help protect polar bears from overhunting and other threats to their survival.

Crops Wither under Stifling Heat Wave
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

Harvey Heier checked his dryland fields and watched helplessly as his corn plants withered under the unrelenting heat wave. The plants along the edge of his fields are brown, and he figures he's losing bushels off his production every day.

Endangered Flowers Trigger Fight over California Housing Development
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Did someone in this wine country town illegally plant an endangered flower to sabotage a proposed housing development? That is the question at the center of a quarrel folks here have dubbed "Foamgate."

Average Fuel Economy Showed No Improvement in U.S. This Year
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency said in its annual report, based on sales projections provided by automakers, that the estimated average fuel economy for 2006 vehicles was 21 miles per gallon, the same as for 2005 models.

Killer Salinity Rings Australia's Desert Heart
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Byrnes, Reuters

In Australia's central deserts, salination is turning once productive farmland into lifeless dirt tracts and threatening the country's A$30 billion ($22 billion) agriculture export industry, one of the biggest in the world.

Greenland Opens New Round of Concessions for Oil Exploration in Fragile Arctic
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press

Several of the world's largest oil companies hope to tap into possible offshore oil and gas reserves as Greenland opened a new round of concessions Tuesday for exploration licenses in the fragile Arctic region.

Darfur Peace Must Address Water Crisis, Economist Says
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Megan Rowling, Reuters

There is no chance of peace in Darfur unless the region's dire water shortages are tackled as part of a settlement between rebels and the Sudanese government, a top international economist said on Monday.

China to Invest $175 Billion in Environment Clean-Up
July 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China plans to invest 1.4 trillion yuan ($175 billion) in environmental protection in the next five years, state media said on Tuesday, to curb water and air pollution so severe it causes riots and health problems.

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