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Failure of Tsunami Reconstruction Leaves Humanitarian Agencies under Fire
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

The tsunami of 2004 triggered the biggest humanitarian response in history, feeding the hungry, heading off epidemics and engendering the hope that out of a calamity that took 216,000 lives, a better Indian Ocean rim would emerge.

U.S. Says Will Pull Alaska Wetlands from Oil Drilling
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

In a win for environmentalists, the U.S. Interior Department says it is willing to withdraw sensitive wetlands from a large area in Alaska's western Arctic region that it wanted to open next week to oil and natural gas drilling.

Indonesia Turns to Greener Motorised Rickshaws
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Diyan Jari and Sugita Katyal, Reuters

In August, Indian auto firm Bajaj Auto, maker of the three-wheel bajaj, rolled out a new compressed natural gas (CNG) model in a bid to cut pollution levels in a city almost perpetually shrouded in smog.

E. Coli Outbreak Mystifies Investigators
September 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

U.S. food safety regulators said Thursday they were still mystified by an outbreak of E. coli that has killed one person, sickened 157 and forced all fresh spinach to be pulled from store shelves.

Next U.S. President Should Engage More on Climate, U.K. Says
September 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Britain's foreign secretary said Thursday the next U.S president should quickly get involved in global negotiations to slow global warming, which she warned was fast becoming a crucial foreign policy issue.

Environmental Battle Heats Up Over New York Tire Burn
September 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Scott Christianson, Reuters

Vermont officials are going to court and activists are threatening a boycott of the world's largest forest products company as a battle intensifies over a plan to burn old tires as fuel in New York state.

Lebanon Begins To Clean Ravaged Coast After Wartime Oil Spill
September 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Henry Meyer, Associated Press

Shovel-wielding volunteers sifted through oil-stained sand on a beach where tourists once swam, now emptied by a massive spill caused by Israeli bombardment. Two months later, only 3 percent of the oil has been recovered.

Schwarzenegger, Bloomberg Team on Climate Change
September 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson, Reuters

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed Thursday to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions because the Republicans said they cannot wait for the Bush administration to take action on climate change.

World Heritage Sites May Soon Be off Tourism Map
September 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

World Heritage sites such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef or Kathmandu in Nepal could be taken off the tourism map by 2020 due to the effects of climate change and too many visitors, a think tank said on Friday.

New U.S. Air Pollution Rules Rankle Health Groups
September 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The U.S. government approved new air pollution standards Thursday, promising "cleaner air to all Americans," but health and environmental groups said the revised rules are too weak to protect against lung disease and other pollution-related ailments.

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