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U.S. Animal Rights Activists Sentenced to Four to Six Years
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Jon Hurdle, Reuters

Three animal rights activists convicted under a U.S. anti-terrorism law were sentenced to up to 6 years in prison Tuesday for a campaign against a British company that tests chemicals on animals.

Proposal Cuts Murrelet Habitat Area
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

A federal proposal would slash the critical habitat in Oregon, Washington and California set aside under the Endangered Species Act for the marbled murrelet, a threatened sea bird, by about 95 percent, to 221,692 acres.

Russia Concerned about Energy Project Costs
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Russia's natural resources minister said Tuesday that rising costs at a natural gas project led by Royal Dutch Shell PLC is hurting the country's economic interests. The statement follows moves by environmental regulators to halt the project over alleged ecological damage to the Pacific Island of Sakhalin.

New Multicolored Bird Found in India
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A new bird species has been found in India, the first time such a discovery has been made here in more than 50 years, an astronomer and keen bird watcher said Tuesday.

Earth Storms Lead to Space Storms, Scientists Say
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Thunderstorms on Earth can lead to storms in the outer reaches of the atmosphere that disrupt radio transmissions and other electronic communications, U.S. researchers said Tuesday.

Manila Wants to Siphon Oil from Sunken Tanker
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Manny Mogato, Reuters

The Philippines wants to drill through the hull of a sunken tanker and siphon off its cargo of industrial fuel to curtail pollution washing up on the central island of Guimaras, disaster officials said on Tuesday.

Malaysia Denies Rain Forests Being Destroyed for Palm Oil Cultivation
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysia pledged to preserve its tropical rain forests Wednesday despite efforts to expand palm oil cultivation for lucrative bio-fuel projects. Western activists warn that the palm oil industry in Malaysia was destroying large tracts of forests and encroaching on the habitats of endangered species.

Federal Royalties May Be Avoided on Part of Massive New Gulf of Mexico Oil Discovery
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Oil companies are under pressure to resolve flawed drilling leases that allow them to avoid federal royalty payments, including on oil from a major discovery in the Gulf of Mexico.

What It Takes to Drive on Vegetable Power
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Hill, Associated Press

As gas prices and anxiety about global warming rise, more people are bypassing the corner gas pump to run their cars on vegetable power. Kits are now available to retro-fit cars to run on vegetable oil, and biodiesel pumps are popping up in more and more places.

South African Environment Minister Issues Warning on Climate Change
September 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Clare Nullis, Associated Press

Millions of Africans are at risk because of climate change, with rising global temperatures expected to lead to increased disease, drought and hunger, South Africa's environment minister warned Monday.

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