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Louisiana's 'Gators Appear to Have Weathered Storms
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeffrey Jones, Reuters

It has been a tough nine months for Louisiana's alligators, what with two major hurricanes wreaking havoc on their swampy habitat, then scant rainfall to dilute the saltwater that gushed inland.

Climate Expert to Lead Talks on Extending Kyoto Deal
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A U.N. conference picked a veteran Maltese climate expert on Wednesday to lead talks about how to overcome deep policy splits on global warming and extend the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012.

China to Fine Movie Crew for Damaging Environment
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China will fine the crew of the country's most expensive movie, "The Promise" by Oscar-nominated director Chen Kaige, for damaging the environment in an area of outstanding natural beauty, state media said on Wednesday.

Democrats Offer Plan to Cut U.S. Oil Import Reliance
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

Senate Democrats Wednesday offered a plan to cut U.S. oil import dependence 40 percent by 2020 by requiring more use of alternative motor vehicle fuels like ethanol.

House Approves Bill to Speed Logging in Burned Forests
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The House on Wednesday approved a bill to speed up the logging of burned forests and planting of new trees after storms and wildfires.

India Eyes Chinese Help to Protect Tigers
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters

Chinese help is critical to protect India's tiger population and Beijing needs to curb the market for big cat skins and body parts, a leading Indian conservation official said on Wednesday.

'Carbon Dioxide... We Call It Life,' U.S. TV Ads Say
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

A little girl blows away dandelion fluff as an announcer says, "Carbon dioxide: they call it pollution; we call it life," in an advertisement targeting global warming "alarmists," especially Al Gore.

Transport a Black Spot for Global Warming, U.N. Says
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Transport is the worst offender for releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and governments must do more to cut emissions from cars and trucks, the U.N.'s climate change chief said on Wednesday.

U.S. Navy Sinks Old Warship for Reef off Florida
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Navy blasted holes in the retired U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany off Florida's coast Wednesday and sent the warship to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico as the world's largest intentionally created artificial reef.

Scientists Back Plug-In Hybrids
May 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

A group of scientists urged Congress on Wednesday to fund research for plug-in hybrid vehicles, touting the technology as another way to reduce the nation's dependence on oil through the help of a simple electrical socket.

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