Blair Fights to Unite U.S., G-8 Partners behind Call for Action on Global Warming
July 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Geir Moulson, Associated Press
Environmentalists urged British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday to consider leaving a skeptical United States behind as he tries to unite the world's leading powers behind urgent action against global warming ahead of the G-8 summit.
Brazilians Suspect Foreigners Covet Amazon Rain Rorest
July 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press
Ecologists sounded the alarm: the Amazon rain forest is disappearing at the fastest rate in nearly a decade. But the outcry left many Brazilians suspicious.
U.S. Will Drop Farm Subsidies if EU Does Same, Bush Says
July 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
President George W. Bush said the United States will end subsidies to its farmers if Europe does the same, an offer the European Commission said it hoped would lead to a breakthrough at world trade talks later this year.
Ranchers Group Wants Canadian Border to Remain Sealed
July 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Martin, Chicago Tribune
When Bill Bullard is making a speech to cattle ranchers, it's always a good sign when the parking lot is full of new pickups, as was the case on a recent evening at the VFW hall on the outskirts of this tiny town in south Texas.
Noxious Alien Weed Flourishing in South
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
One biologist compares the persistent green weed to "The Blob," the title character in the 1950s sci-fi classic flick that grows and grows and consumes everything in its path.
Wildfires Pose Danger to Desert Tortoise
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Alden, Associated Press
Wildfires burning in the Southwest are threatening federally protected desert tortoises, further stressing a species that already has lost much of its population to drought.
Shellfishermen in Massachsetts Return to Work after Red Tide Restrictions Eased
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Pitta, Associated Press
Shellfishermen headed back to the flats off several Massachusetts towns Friday after a toxic red tide receded and the state reopened shellfish beds for the first time in five weeks.
Rescuers Save 354 Train Passengers Neck-Deep in Water as Indian Floods Displace 500,000
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Neelesh Misra, Associated Press
Rescuers saved all 354 passengers who were trapped for days in a train that had slowly filled with flood water to neck height, officials said Saturday as raging monsoons continued to submerge vast swaths of Indian countryside and forced the evacuation of half a million people.
It's a Good Year for Right Whale Calving
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
This is one of the best years in recent memory for right whale calving, with 28 mother-calf pairs sighted so far, government biologists say.
London Hikes Congestion Charge to Force More Cars off the Streets
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Sarah Blaskovich, Associated Press
The cost of driving in central London is going up. Hoping to drive even more cars off the road, the capital is raising its "congestion charge" to eight pounds (US$14.16, euro11.80) on Monday, up from the previous five pounds (US$8.85, euro7.32). Drivers who pay for a month or more in advance get a 15 percent discount.