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Umbra on What Global Warming Will Mean for Average Folks
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

A recent environmental-science grad's girlfriend asks him what global warming has got to do with her. He learned good stuff in his classes -- really, he did! -- but he struggles to come up with a straightforward, bite-sized answer. Umbra comes to the rescue with web linkage galore and a lesson in global inequality -- in Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website.

Environmentalists Sue Bush Administration over New Forest Rules
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Environmentalists sued the Bush administration on Thursday over new rules for managing the 192 million acres of national forests.

Britain Criticizes US Climate Change Record
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Leyla Linton, Associated Press

In another jab at its closest ally, Britain criticized U.S. environmental policy again on Thursday, urging the Bush administration to place climate change high on its agenda.

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.

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