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California, Environmental Groups Sue to Block Sierra National Forest Plan
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

California's attorney general joined environmental groups Tuesday in suing the federal government to block its plan to manage 11.5 million acres of Sierra National Forest, which calls for increased logging.

Lawmakers in Six Midwestern States Announce Regional Environmental Effort
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Glover, Associated Press

Legislators from six Midwestern states Tuesday announced a regional effort to enact tougher laws protecting children from environmental dangers.

Tiny Pest Decimating Honeybee Colonies
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A tiny pest is decimating honeybee colonies across the country, worrying beekeepers and farmers who depend on the insects to pollinate their crops.

Scientists Say Global Warming Hurts Africa
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rising global temperatures will hit Africa's poor the hardest, reducing their ability to deal with disease, feed themselves and earn a living, a scientist told an international conference on climate change Wednesday.

Carpool Lanes: Not Just for Carpools Anymore
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

If helping the environment isn't a good enough reason to buy a hybrid car, lawmakers are contemplating a powerful appeal to drivers' self-interest: an easier commute.

Crane Restoration Partners Pledge to Continue Efforts
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Tunstall, Tampa Tribune

Bird lovers trying to establish a migrating colony of whooping cranes east of the Mississippi River say they will dedicate at least three to five more years to the project.

Notes from Anna: Collapse, by Jared Diamond
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Seluyanova, ENN

This month, Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, And Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, has published his new book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.

Judge Rules U.S. Government Wrong to Downgrade Wolf from Endangered to Threatened
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that President George W. Bush administration violated the Endangered Species Act when it relaxed protections on many of the United States' gray wolves.

Study Uncovers New Threatened Ecological Hotspots
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A global study has identified nine new environmental "hotspots," areas of great ecological diversity that are under threat and together shelter most of the planet's endangered plant and animal species.

Toyota to Launch World's 1st Hybrid Luxury Vehicle in U.S.
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will launch the world's first luxury hybrid sport utility vehicle, the Lexus RX 400h, in the United States in April, following a delay caused by soaring demand from environmentally conscious consumers.

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