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EU Commission to Press ahead on Environment
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Mason, Reuters

The European Union executive said on Wednesday it would press ahead with several environmental initiatives this year despite industry concern about high costs.

Bonnie Raitt to Receive Humanitarian Award from Record Merchandisers
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Bonnie Raitt is being honored for her devotion to social, environmental and community issues by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. The singer-songwriter will receive the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award during the opening session of NARM's 47th annual convention Aug. 12 at the San Diego Marriott.

Federal Report Cites Environmental Lapses in Oil and Gas Drilling
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Interior Department is spending so much time approving oil and gas drilling permits on public lands that it often fails to do an adequate job policing the environment, congressional investigators say.

Londoner Purposely Wastes Water in the Name of Art
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Sarah Blaskovich, Associated Press

Mark McGowan went into the tiny backroom kitchen of a south London gallery three weeks ago and flipped on the cold water. He didn't turn it off, and doesn't plan to for an entire year. "The Running Tap," as it's called, is McGowan's effort to protest against wasted water in London by blatantly letting it go down the drain.

EarthNews Radio: GEM Car
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Many people own more than one car, and often a family's second car is used just for short around-town trips. That car is a perfect candidate to be an electric car, like one that is already produced today.

Survey Shows India's Forest Cover Has Increased, but Dense Forests Have Shrunk
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

India's total forest and tree cover has shown a slight increase, although the area covered by dense forests has shrunk slightly, a satellite survey conducted by the government's forest authorities has shown.

Microchip Saves Rare Cambodian Turtle
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Margie Mason, Associated Press

They're calling him "the lucky royal turtle" -- a rare and endangered reptile that was saved from a likely fate in a Chinese soup pot by keen-eyed wildlife officers and a microchip.

Canada Court Deals Blow to Natives Seeking Rights
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

Canada's Supreme Court dealt two major blows Wednesday to native Indian groups who are seeking more control over large tracts of land and resources as a way of escaping grinding poverty.

Antarctic Has Strong Ecosystem, Scientists Discover
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

An expansive ecosystem of knee-high mud volcanoes, snowy microbial mats and flourishing clam communities lies beneath the collapsed Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica, say researchers. The discovery made in February in a deep glacial trough in the northwestern Weddell Sea was detailed this week in Eos, the weekly newspaper of the American Geophysical Union.

Let the Real Climate Debate Begin -- A Guest Commentary
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter H. Gleick, The Pacific Institute

The global warming debate is over — the Earth is warming because of human activities. So say 11 National Academies of Science from around the world together with virtually all of the world’s climate scientists, California Governor Schwarzenegger, and even most of major oil companies.

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