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Canada's Harper Says Environment Plan in Works
October 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Allan Dowd, Reuters

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday his government is ready to launch a new attack on air pollution, but has yet to work out the details of its battle plan.

Poor Weather Forces Alaska Pipeline, Prudhoe Bay Offline
October 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

The nation's largest oil field and the trans-Alaska oil pipeline were shut down Tuesday after poor weather at both ends of the 800-mile pipeline caused havoc.

Coast Guard Defends Plan for Live Fire Exercises at Great Lakes
October 11, 2006 12:00 AM - David N. Goodman, Associated Press

The U.S. Coast Guard's proposal to periodically close 2,500 square miles (6,400 square kilometers) of the Great Lakes for live machine-gun firing exercises is vital to maintaining its ability to protect America, commanders said Tuesday.

Doctor Touts Vasectomies for Elephants
October 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Stephen Majors, Associated Press

At Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom, head veterinarian Mark Stetter demonstrates the 5-foot contraception tool for a procedure that he hopes will help control Africa's elephant population: vasectomies.

U.S. FDA Told to Watch Nanotech Products for Risks
October 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Lisa Richwine, Reuters

The growing number of cosmetics, drugs other products made using nanotechnology need more attention from U.S. regulators to make sure they are safe for humans and the planet, consumer and environmental groups told a government hearing Tuesday.

Global Warming Seen Pushing up Insurance Costs
October 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Global warming will push up insurance premiums in high-risk areas like coastal Florida and other hurricane-prone parts of the United States, an insurance company official said Tuesday.

Estonian President Names New Environment Minister
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Estonia's president named lawmaker Rein Randver as the country's new environment minister Tuesday after his predecessor resigned last week amid accusations of improper land deals.

Fungus Blamed for Washington Porpoise Deaths
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A microscopic fungus native to Australia and blamed for the death of people and animals in British Columbia is now linked to the deaths of porpoises and at least one cat in Washington state.

Groups Find Colorful Bird in Colombia
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauren Drake, Associated Press

A colorful bird new to science has been discovered in a previously unexplored Andean cloud forest, spurring efforts to protect the area, conservation groups have announced.

Asian Nations to Find Ways to Tackle Haze
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Southeast Asian environment ministers plan to meet soon to thrash out strategies to help Indonesia extinguish forest fires causing a choking smog across the region.

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