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Red Tide Fears Broaden Shellfishing Ban
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A partial ban on shellfishing has been imposed along the southern Maine coast in response to red tide concerns. Officials have suspended the harvesting of mussels, snails, European oysters and surf clams between the New Hampshire border and Port Clyde.

South Africa to End 'Canned Hunting'
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Clare Nullis, Associated Press

South Africa proposed new laws this week that would end the "canned hunting" of wildlife bred in captivity to be shot in closed reserves by wealthy tourists.

Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Recovery, Scientists Claim
May 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

The ozone layer is showing signs of recovering, thanks to a drop in ozone-depleting chemicals, but it is unlikely to stabilise at pre-1980 levels, researchers said on Wednesday.

Canada Investigates QE2 Liner over Dumping
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canada is investigating whether the luxury cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 illegally dumped garbage in Canadian waters and could prosecute if there is sufficient evidence, officials said Tuesday.

Crumbling Dike Threatens South Florida
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Peltier, Reuters

Even a weak hurricane can overwhelm the leaky and crumbling dike around Florida's massive Lake Okeechobee, putting more than 40,000 people in "imminent danger," state officials said Tuesday.

Nationalization of Bolivian Natural Gas is Part of a Broader Global Trend
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Brad Foss, Associated Press

Soaring energy prices are fueling a global wave of natural-resource nationalization that is souring the investment landscape for international oil companies and reshaping energy politics for years to come.

Greenpeace Report Warns Commonly Found Chemicals May Be Harming Reproductive Health
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Arthur Max, Associated Press

Greenpeace pushed Tuesday for EU legislation for tougher regulation of the chemicals industry, warning that not enough has been done to test the effect of chemicals found in consumer products -- from cosmetics to computers -- on human reproductive health.

Oil in Alaska Refuge Seen Raising $111 Billion for U.S.
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

Allowing energy companies to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would raise about $111 billion over 30 years in corporate income taxes and royalty fees, based on current prices, a congressional research report said Tuesday.

China's 'Roof of the World' Glaciers Melting Fast
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Glaciers covering China's Qinghai-Tibet plateau are shrinking by 7 percent a year due to global warming and the environmental consequences may be dire, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

Global Warming Differences Resolved with Corrections in Readings
May 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A nagging difference in temperature readings that had raised questions about global warming has been resolved, a panel of scientists reported Tuesday.

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