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Brazil Creates Three New Protected Areas in Amazon Rainforest
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva decreed three new protected areas in the Amazon basin Wednesday, placing 1.84 million hectares (4.55 million acres) of rainforest off-limits for development.

Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Cape Cod Wind Farm
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew Miga, Associated Press

Key lawmakers have agreed to drop the idea of giving Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney veto power over a proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm, adopting a compromise that could boost the project's prospects.

Stephen Hawking Warns About Global Warming
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexa Olesen, Associated Press

Stephen Hawking expressed concern about global warming Wednesday, saying he was afraid that Earth "might end up like Venus, at 250 degrees centigrade and raining sulfuric acid."

Offshore Drilling Bill Advances in House
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Legislation that would end a quarter-century ban on drilling in most of the Outer Continental Shelf advanced in the House on Wednesday. The measure would allow oil and gas development in restricted offshore waters unless a state prohibited it.

Hydraulic Hybrid Trucks Promise Fuel Savings, Cleaner Air
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - David Hammer, Associated Press

The U.S. government released a model delivery truck, replete with a new hybrid hydraulic system built for the Environmental Protection Agency that will be tested on the streets of Detroit in August.

Bush Administration Agrees to Protect Roadless Forests in Three States from Logging
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The Bush administration Wednesday approved requests from three Eastern governors to bar commercial logging in remote sections of national forests in their states.

Catches of Ancient Fish off Africa Worry Greens
June 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Fishermen are netting a growing number of "fossil fish", a 400 million-year-old species, off Tanzania, suggesting trawling at greater depths as inshore fish stocks decline, a leading expert said.

Condors Seen at Risk for Lead Poisoning
June 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Wildlife officials laid traps for California condors to test for lead poisoning after many were spotted feeding on squirrels that had been shot.

U.S. Says It Won't Cut Deals with Japan over Whaling
June 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Christie, Reuters

The United States said Tuesday it would not be cutting any deals with Japan over Alaska's bowhead whale hunting quota as it prepares to host an international whaling group next year.

E.U., U.S. Agree to 'Urgent' Action on Climate Change
June 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The United States and the European Union, long at odds over the significance of climate change, will agree on Wednesday to act with "resolve and urgency" to reduce emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

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