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Draft G8 Communique Takes Only Mild Stance on Illegal Logging
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Rich nations in the Group of Eight have failed to heed calls for tough moves on illegal logging and will issue only a mild call for action at a summit next month, according to a leaked draft.

Use Them or Lose Them, Government Tells Ranchers with Grazing Leases
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Ranchers will soon get more use of the 160 million acres of government land considered appropriate for livestock grazing. New regulations issued Thursday by the Interior Department will require ranchers to either use the grazing lands they lease from the government or give up their permits so others can use them.

Britain's Blair Caught in G8 Climate Dilemma
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is trapped in a dilemma of his own creation over saving the planet from global warming, analysts say. Blair has put climate change at the heart of his year-long presidency of the Group of Eight industrial nations, but his efforts to get radical action agreed at next month's G8 summit in Scotland are being repeatedly torpedoed by the United States.

EPA Sets New Rules for Cleaner Air in Parks and Wilderness Areas
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Visitors to hazy national parks and wilderness areas once again might see a clear day -- even if not forever -- under new rules that will require power plants, steel mills and other facilities to cut pollution by a million tons a year.

Alleged Clean Air Violations to Cost Oil Refineries Nearly $1 Billion in New Pollution Controls
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Four companies -- Valero, Sunoco, Tesoro and Suncor Energy -- will install nearly $1 billion in new pollution controls at 18 oil refineries in settlements with the government and seven states over alleged violations of clean air laws.

ATV Riders Take to Missouri Streams
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Uhlenbrock, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Floaters on some of Missouri's finest streams found unwanted company this spring -- drivers of ATVs, Jeeps, even pickups, playing in the rivers. More than a decade after a statewide crackdown on recreational motor vehicles in the water, the practice is present, and growing.

ENN Weekly: June 13th - 17th
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors, ENN

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news June 13 - 17: Higher air quality standards for U.S. parks and wild places, the tsunami's drastic toll on leatherbacks, interim nuclear waste storage plans stall, and strict pollution laws protect Antarctica.

Mazda Finds Ways to Recycle Bumper Materials for New Cars
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Mazda Motor Corp. has developed ways to recycle the materials of dismantled car bumpers for use in those of brand-new vehicles, and has begun testing the methods in March, according to company officials.

Seattle's Recycling Plan Gears Up To Help the Planet
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Gilmore, The Seattle Times

Seattle's recycling plan to distribute 90,000 of its new yard-waste and food-scraps carts is halfway to its goal, with 45,000 of the large containers already out there.

Tourism Sector Calls for Lower Electricity Charges
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Chatrudee Theparat & Sujintana Hemtasilpa, Bangkok Post

The Tourism Council of Thailand is lobbying the government to reduce electricity fees for tourism-related businesses nationwide for up to two years to help the industry cope with a slowdown in business.

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