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China Offers Hungry Elephants 'Dinner Halls'
July 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Chinese officials hope to lure hungry wild elephants away from farmland by offering "dinner halls" with banana and sugar on the menu, state media reported.

Eritrea's Dahlak Islands Teem with Life
July 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Harris, Reuters

Despite the mesmerizing sea life, research and development of Eritrea's coast and waters has been inhibited by decades of conflict.

'Green' Burials Growing in Popularity
July 3, 2006 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

It sits on the eastern fringe of New York's Finger Lakes region and is bounded on three sides by 8,000 acres of protected forests: the perfectly natural place to spend an eternity.

China Opens High-Altitude Tibet Railway Line
July 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

China opened the world's highest railway on Saturday, celebrating the link to Tibet as a feat of national strength and ethnic harmony while critics decried it as a threat to Tibetan culture and the environment.

Northeast U.S. Floods Stir Global Warming Debate
June 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Jason Szep, Reuters

Images of swamped homes in the U.S. Northeast deepened suspicions over global warming, giving ammunition to scientists and others who say greenhouse gas-spewing cars and factories are fueling extreme weather.

World Bank Internal Review Slams Its Forestry Program in Cambodia
June 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A World Bank program to reform Cambodia's corrupt forestry industry instead ignored complaints of illegal logging, allowing the practice to flourish, according to an internal review to be released Thursday.

Groups Sue to Stop Navy From Using Sonar
June 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

Environmental groups sued the federal government Wednesday to prevent the Navy from using active sonar during drills off Hawaii next month, saying the sound could harm whales and other marine mammals.

Ford Drops Focus on Hybrids, Shifts to Biofuels
June 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Kevin Krolicki, Reuters

In a sharp shift of strategy, Ford Motor Co. plans to focus less on hybrid technology and more on a wider range of alternatives to traditional gasoline-powered engines, Ford Chief Executive Bill Ford told employees of the automaker.

House Lifts Offshore Drilling Ban, but a Battle Looms in Senate
June 30, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Congress has taken a major step toward allowing oil and gas drilling in coastal waters that have been off limits for a quarter-century. Still, a battle looms in the Senate over the issue.

California Smog Rules May Be Used Nationwide
June 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

The federal government may use California's strict pollution rules for lawnmowers and other small-engine machines as a national standard, a top Environmental Protection Agency official said Thursday.

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