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Group Seeks Protection for Polar Bears
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

A conservation group filed a formal petition Wednesday seeking to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act, saying global warming could make it extinct by the end of the century.

EPA Agrees to Consider Requiring Pollution Cuts in 13 Eastern States
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The government agreed Thursday to decide by this summer whether it should force coal-fired power plants in 13 Eastern states to reduce unhealthy air pollution that also is blamed for obscuring views of the Smoky Mountains.

Brazil's President Creates Massive Forest Reserves after Killing of American Nun
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Brazil's president ordered the creation of two massive new rain forest reserves Thursday amid increasing pressure to protect a lawless Amazon region from violent loggers and ranchers after the killing last weekend of an American nun who fought to protect the jungle.

ENN Weekly: February 14th - 18th
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Carrie Schluter, ENN

After seven years of often-contentious debate, the Kyoto climate treaty went into effect on Wednesday with 141 nations on board.

Gulf States Talk about Reducing the Shrimp Fleet to Aid Struggling Shrimpers
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Despite winning tariffs on imports of farm-raised shrimp from six Asian and South American nations this year, Southern shrimpers are still struggling and are now considering whether to limit the number of boats trawling for shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico.

Calif. Elks Will Be Sent to Roam Free
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Dozens of tule elk will be sent to areas where they can roam freely, from the northern Coast Ranges to the southern Sierra Nevada, in an attempt to restore a native California species that has rebounded from the brink of extinction.

Brazil Plans Vast Amazon Reserve to Stem Logging
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters, Tiago Pariz

Brazil's president Thursday decreed the creation of one of the world's largest environmental protection areas in the Amazon to combat illegal logging and rising violence after the killing of a prominent U.S. human rights activist.

Delray Workers Plant Endangered Native Vine to Prevent Dune Erosion
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Mireidy Fernandez, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

They're just little white flowers, but they have a lot of power when it comes to restoring dunes.

EPA Terminates Contract with Computer Recycling Firm
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Avril, The Philadelphia Inquirer

A large company that employs federal prisoners has lost a contract to recycle computers for the federal government, after a challenge from small, privately owned recyclers who said the $800 million corporation represented unfair competition.

Boosting Wind-Energy Standards to Mean 'Significant New Benefits,' Group Says
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Julie Breaux, Odessa American

The time is ripe for members of the Texas Legislature to approve a bill increasing renewable energy production standards, Public Citizen of Texas say.

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