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Pollution Market Collapses -- But Without Triggering Concern Among Experts
May 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Arthur Max, Associated Press

A new commodity burst onto trading markets a year ago, heralded as a key ingredient in the effort to curtail climate-changing greenhouse gases. That item was carbon permits -- the right to pollute -- and it soared from zero to a US$10 billion business.

Oxford University Wins Animal Rights Injunction
May 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Kate Holton, Reuters

Britain's Oxford University won a legal battle on Friday to increase the restrictions placed on animal rights activists who regularly demonstrate against its new research laboratory.

Complex Views of Cars and Higher Gas Prices Found during a Drive across Nation
May 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Hugo Kugiya, Associated Press

Announced by the sharp crack of a backfiring engine, the caravan of old Pontiacs and Fords wended their way off the highway and into the gas station-restaurant, arriving, it seemed, from another time.

U.S. Bill Lets 9-11 Victims File Asbestos Fund Claims
May 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Susan Cornwell, Reuters

Sponsors of legislation to compensate U.S. asbestos victims said Friday they had expanded it to include access to payments for people sickened by the mineral as a result of disasters such as hurricanes or the Sept. 11 attacks.

Toepfer Warns Climate Change Could Destabilise World
May 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters

Global warming is hitting the poor the hardest and climate change could cause worldwide destabilisation if solutions are not found, one of the world's leading environmentalists said on Friday.

From Biofuels to Wind, Quest for Energy Alternatives Steps Up
May 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Dave Carpenter, Associated Press

The future of energy is bright in Said Al-Hallaj's invention lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and not just because of the solar window that lies in development on a table.

Chronology: Recent Pacific Rim Earthquakes
May 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

An earthquake that devastated a wide area around Indonesia's ancient royal city of Yogyakarta on Saturday is now known to have killed more than 5,100 people. Following is a list of some earthquakes which have hit the Pacific Rim region in recent years.

Alligators Abound During Annual Florida Count
May 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

To the unaided eye, the swamp seems to sleep at night. But hit it with a spotlight and alligators suddenly appear everywhere, their bulbous red eyes glowing on the water's black surface.

U.N. Conference Backs Crackdown on Illegal Fishing
May 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Irwin Arieff, Reuters

Delegates to a U.N. conference reviewing a 1995 treaty aimed at protecting dwindling ocean fish stocks urged governments and regional fisheries managers Friday to intensify their efforts to crack down on illegal and unregulated catches.

Kyoto States to Discuss Post-2012 Cuts
May 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Gerard Wynn, Reuters

Countries that are signed up to the Kyoto Protocol reaffirmed plans on Friday to set new, tougher caps on greenhouse gas emissions after 2012, despite spreading scepticism about the environmental pact.

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