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Guatemala Clamps down on Christmas Fir Poachers
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters
olice have seized thousands of branches of an endangered Guatemalan scented fir species used for Christmas trees in a clampdown to protect it against extinction, police said Tuesday.
Scientists Discover New Species in Indonesian Caves
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A team of international scientists has found new fish and insect species, including a monster cockroach, living in caves in Indonesia's remote East Kalimantan province, the group announced Wednesday.
Precedent-Setting Water Rights Decision over Endangered Species
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press
In a precedent-setting decision, the federal government agreed to pay four California water districts $16.7 million for water the government diverted a decade ago to help two rare fish.
Notes from Anna: You Write of Classics, Old and New
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Anna Seluyanova, ENN
The week leading to Christmas has been particularly exciting for me this year because of the enthusiastic e-mails I received from some of you in response to last week's compact selection of environmental books.
Oregon Forest Owners See Fairer Future in Measure 37
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.
Family landowners suffering under Oregon's land-use laws formed the public face of Measure 37. But the timber industry quietly supplied almost $3 of every $4 that buoyed the ballot initiative to an easy victory.
Grand Rapids, Minn., Paper Mill's Expansion May Depend on Tree Supply
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn.
Environmental review for a proposed $800 million paper machine at Blandin Paper Co. in Grand Rapids will focus on the mill's growing appetite for Minnesota's trees.
The Forest Service on Wednesday Announced Long-Waited Changes to Rules Governing the National Forest Management Act, the Basic Law that Governs the Nation's 155 National Forests
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer
Managers of the nation's 155 national forests will have more leeway to approve logging and other commercial projects with less formal environmental review under a new Bush administration plan, The Associated Press has learned.
New Mexico Regulators Approve Solar, Biomass Plans
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Rosalie Rayburn, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.
State regulators Tuesday approved a PNM plan to spend up to $1.4 million on solar and biomass projects to comply with a state renewable energy law.
Ten Things Not to Buy for Christmas
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters
Christmas gift buyers should avoid coral jewellery, crocodile skin and Beluga caviar if they want to enjoy a guilt-free holiday season, the nature protection group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said on Tuesday.
Maine May Act to Close Vehicle Emissions Loophole
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News
Like most of its New England neighbors, Maine requires that all new cars meet strict emissions standards. But Maine is alone in allowing consumers to legally register new cars that produce more pollution than the state policy allows.