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ENN Weekly: May 29th - June 2nd
June 2, 2006 12:00 AM - ENN

ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news May 29th - June 2nd: Yellowstone air quality, whalers against whaling, the quest for energy alternatives, a tropical Arctic, and much more.

Funds Running Dry on World Environment Day -- A Guest Commentary
June 2, 2006 12:00 AM - James P. Leape, WWF International, and Jean-Michel Severino, AFD

If there is one day on the calendar that is meant to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and spurn political action, it would be World Environment Day, which has been commemorated every year on June 5th since its inception by the United Nations in 1972.

Funds Running Dry on World Environment Day
June 2, 2006 12:00 AM - James P. Leape, WWF International, and Jean-Michel Severino, AFD

(By James P. Leape and Jean-Michel Severino) If there is one day on the calendar that is meant to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and spurn political action, it would be World Environment Day, which has been commemorated every year on June 5th since its inception by the United Nations in 1972.

Wild Birds Role Unclear in Spreading Bird Flu
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The role of wild birds in spreading the deadly avian influenza remains unclear, a top veterinary expert at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Wednesday after a two-day international scientific conference.

Iowa Ape Research Facility to Offer Tours
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - David Pitt, Associated Press

The three orangutans and eight bonobos living at the Great Ape Trust will interact with more humans starting in June when the research facility is opened to the public.

Scientists Say Warming Threatening Florida
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - David Rose, Associated Press

Florida's governor cautiously entered the debate Wednesday over whether rising global temperatures are to blame for an increase in the number of strong hurricanes, meeting with two researchers who say global warming is threatening Florida with a long-term future of more bad storms.

China Cracking Down on Illegal Timber from Myanmar
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China has quietly cracked down on illegal timber imports from Myanmar, a rights group and state media say, after decades of Chinese logging in the isolated country's northern forests.

Contaminated Water Leaves Nine Dead, 19,000 Sick in Eastern Pakistan
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Asif Shahzad, Associated Press

Nine people died and more than 19,000 others were sickened after an eastern Pakistani city's water system was contaminated by sewage, officials said Thursday.

Study Finds Yellowstone Air Quality Worsening
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Air quality in four of six categories is worsening at Yellowstone National Park, a new study by the National Park Service shows. One pollutant on the rise in Yellowstone is ground-level ozone, which can cause respiratory problems and threaten plant health.

Scientists Say Arctic Once Was Tropical
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Scientists have found what might have been the ideal ancient vacation hotspot with a 74-degree Fahrenheit average temperature, alligator ancestors and palm trees. It's smack in the middle of the Arctic.

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