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Regulator Says China Must Step up Environmental Protection or Face Disaster
March 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Audra Ang, Associated Press

China must sharply improve environmental protection or it could face disaster following two decades of breakneck growth that have poisoned its air, water and soil, the country's top environmental official warned Saturday.

Luna the Killer Whale Believed Killed
March 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

Luna, the juvenile killer whale from Washington state waters who got lost in Canada's Nootka Sound five years ago, apparently died when he was accidentally struck by a tugboat propeller, Canadian authorities said.

U.S. Interior Secretary Norton Leaves Bush Cabinet
March 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Caren Bohan and Tom Doggett, Reuters

U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton resigned Friday after five years overseeing federal lands, a tenure that had many clashes with environmentalists.

Chinese Political Representatives Say Industrial Pollution Killing Bohai Sea
March 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Chinese representatives to the country's legislature have expressed fears that pollution from booming industries is killing much of the marine life in the country's eastern Bohai Sea.

Militant Peasants Raid Aracruz Farm in Brazil
March 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Sinara Sandri, Reuters

Protesters invaded a plantation in southern Brazil owned by Aracruz, the world's biggest producer of bleached eucalyptus pulp, saying they opposed the mass cultivation of eucalyptus trees near one of Aracruz's four main factories.

NOAA Fisheries Recommend Closing Salmon Fishing from California to Oregon
March 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Jackson Holtz, Associated Press

Federal fish managers are recommending not allowing salmon fishing from California to Oregon this season, after concerns that fewer mature chinook salmon are spawning to replace the fish that are dying off.

U.S. Government Declines to Protect Two Rare Plants in U.S. Virgin Islands
March 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. government has declined to give federal protection to two plants species found only in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Putting Conversation Back Into Conservatism -- A Guest Commentary
March 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Robert Walker, Get America Working!

Conservatives who have sought to dismiss environmentalists as “tree-hugging liberals” have long ill-served their ideology.

Rat-Squirrel Not Extinct After All
March 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press

It has the face of a rat and the tail of a skinny squirrel -- and scientists say this creature discovered living in central Laos is pretty special: It's a species believed to have been extinct for 11 million years.

U.N. Reports a Fifth of World Lacks Clean Drinking Water Despite Abundant Supplies
March 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Anthony Mitchell, Associated Press

Mismanagement, limited resources and environmental damage have combined to deny 1.1 billion people access to safe water, a U.N. report said Thursday.

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