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Brazil's Thirst for Energy to Flood Amazon Habitats
March 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Reese Ewing, Reuters

Brazil's plans to dam two rivers in the Amazon basin to generate power threaten a treasure trove of animals and plants in a region with one of the world's richest arrays of wildlife, environmentalists say.

Global Warming Reaches 'Tipping Point,' Report Says
March 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Human-fueled global warming has reached a "tipping point," according to a new survey of scientific research that found warming would continue even if greenhouse gas emissions halted immediately.

State of the World's Water Resources
March 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The United Nations says that even though the world has plenty of fresh water, the problem of access to the resource is caused by mismanagement and corruption.

Canada Sets Seal Hunt, Says Activists Mislead
March 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Randall Palmer, Reuters

Canada has said it would allow 325,000 young seals to be killed this year and accused activists of misleading the public in suggesting that white-coat baby animals were still being slaughtered.

Democrats Want U.S. Budget Bill to Drop Oil Drilling
March 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

Senate Democrats will try to remove language from a pending budget bill that calls for the government to raise billions of dollars in leasing fees from oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Long-Despised Oil Platforms Should Be Kept in Place as Artificial Reefs
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

Marine biologist Milton Love has found that oil platforms off California's central coast are a haven for species of fish whose numbers have been dramatically reduced by overfishing.

Turkmen President Orders Forest Planted in His Desert Nation
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov ordered a forest planted to change his desert nation's climate -- the latest of the autocratic leader's elaborate projects that include an artificial lake and an ice palace.

NASA Says Northern Ozone Pollution Spurs Arctic Warming
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Ozone pollution in the Northern Hemisphere, churned out by factories and vehicles that burn fossil fuels, is a major factor in the dramatic warming of the Arctic zone, NASA climate scientists reported Tuesday.

General Electric Agrees to Buy Water Company
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - John Christoffersen, Associated Press

General Electric Co. will buy a water treatment company in Canada for $656 million in a deal that will accelerate the conglomerate's plans to tap into a fast growing market in a thirsty world, company officials said Tuesday.

U.N. Meeting to Try to Slow Species Loss
March 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A U.N. environmental meeting in Brazil from March 20-31 will review a world goal of slowing a drastic acceleration of the loss of animal and plant species by 2010.

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