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Pueblo Halts Mining Lawsuit
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Adam Rankin, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

Picuris Pueblo is hoping to restore a 200-acre patch of aboriginal land -- valued for its special mica-rich clay used to make the pueblo's distinctive pottery -- that is now back under the pueblo's control. The land acquisition ends a 15-month lawsuit against an Ohio mining company.

Environmental Activists Unfurl Giant Banner at Vienna Oil Refinery
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - William J. Kole, Associated Press

Environmental activists scaled a large petroleum tank at an oil refinery on the outskirts of Vienna early Wednesday and unfurled a giant banner condemning the destruction of rain forests in Ecuador.

Japan, South Korea Discuss Fisheries, Territorial Waters
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Senior officials from Japan and South Korea began three days of talks Wednesday on how to manage fishing resources in their waters, including those near disputed islets claimed by both countries, officials said.

Checks by Italian Environmental Agencies Show Vatican Radio Emissions within Limits
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The latest readings by environmental agencies show that electromagnetic waves from a Vatican Radio transmission tower near Rome respect legal limits, the Vatican and the Italian government said Wednesday.

A Reader Responds to 'America's Other Trade Deficit'
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Johnston

In a recently published commentary by Robert Ovetz, PhD titled "America's Other Trade Deficit" the author points out some very poignant issues relating to America's exporting environmental problems. There is no doubt that we import a large quantity of materials from countries that have little or no environmental regulation. If Dr. Ovetz stopped there I would have to agree with him.

India Says 114 Tigers Killed by Poachers from 1999 to 2003
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Kamil Zaheer, Reuters

Poachers have killed at least 114 tigers in India between 1999 and 2003, the country's environment ministry said on Wednesday, as debate raged over how to protect the endangered big cats.

U.S. States Sue EPA over Mercury Trading Rules
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Eleven states sued the Bush administration Wednesday to block new rules allowing coal-burning utilities to trade rights to emit toxic mercury, adding to a flurry of lawsuits challenging the regulations.

Scientists Unveil Earthquake Forecast
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Californians wondering if tomorrow's forecast will be sunny can now find out if there's also a chance of afternoon tremors. Scientists launched a Web site Wednesday that calculates the probability of strong ground-shaking at specific locations over a 24-hour period.

Amazon Destruction Accelerating in Brazil
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Axel Bugge, Reuters

The amount of land cleared in Brazil's Amazon jungle rose sharply again in 2003-2004, with environmentalists fearing more destruction is inevitable because of a farming boom.

Authorities Plan to Restrict Off-Road Vehicles in Western U.S.
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Martin Griffith, Associated Press

For decades, off-road vehicle enthusiasts have been mostly free to roam U.S. federal forests and rangelands. Those freewheeling days could be numbered, though.

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