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Tsunami Rebuilding Stalls as Survivors Confront Government Delays, Political Squabbling
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Political squabbling, donor demands and government indecision have stalled the building of roads, water treatment plants and nearly 180,000 homes for survivors of last December's tsunami.

Rare Mexican Gray Wolf Caught in N.M. Trap
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An endangered Mexican gray wolf that was part of a cattle-killing pack has been captured in the Gila National Forest. Six wild-born puppies, possibly wolf-dog hybrids, were euthanized.

Future Unclear on $2 Billion-a-Year U.S. Land Reserve
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles Abbott, Reuters

A vast amount of fragile land set aside for a taxpayer-funded conservation program that pays U.S. farmers $2 billion a year is about to lose its protected status, and environmentalists are demanding changes to bring more soil, water and wildlife benefits at a lower cost.

U.N. to Start Marathon in Bonn to Widen Kyoto
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A U.N. meeting in Germany next week will start a marathon bid to extend the U.N.'s Kyoto protocol on fighting global warming and persuade the United States and developing nations to take part from 2012.

California Judge Sides with Conservationists Opposed to Building Thousands of Homes Near Tahoe
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

A judge has sided with conservationists trying to block construction of thousands of homes north of Lake Tahoe, saying a local development plan "builds in opportunities to create environmental mischief" and violates California law.

Portuguese Police Investigated Real Estate Deal Approved by Prime Minister
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Police are investigating a real estate deal in which the environment minister -- now Portugal's prime minister -- gave the go-ahead in 2001 to chop down 700 protected cork trees to build houses, a sports complex and a shopping mall, the newspaper Publico said Saturday.

As Chinese Living Standards Rise, So Does Demand for Decent Toilets
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

It's an image that Shanghai's aggressively modern leaders want to shed: people rinsing out their chamber pots in alleys in the shadows of ultramodern skyscrapers.

U.N. Official Urges Southeast Europe to Work to Prevent Environment Mining Accidents
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A top United Nations official has urged countries in southeast Europe to take steps to prevent new environmental accidents at mines in the region.

NZ Greens Considering Consumer Boycott over Japan's Plans for Expanded Whale Hunt
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

Green Party lawmakers in Australia and New Zealand are considering urging consumers to boycott Japanese products to protest Tokyo's plan to expand its annual whale hunt, the party's co-leader said Monday.

EarthNews Radio: Bikes to Transit
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Some cities are working to make bicycles a more viable option for commuting, in particular by linking them to public transit.

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