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U.S. Group Launches Effort to Establish Wildlife Reserves in Afghanistan
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A conservation group said Thursday it is launching an effort to establish wildlife reserves in war-torn Afghanistan, where conservationist efforts have largely been sidelined by the government's long-running battle with the Taliban.

Big Three Cars Emit 230 Million Tons of Greenhouse Gas
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Cars built by the Big Three automakers gave off 230 million metric tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the United States in a year, more than the biggest U.S. electric utility, environmental researchers said Wednesday.

Marine Parks Failing to Protect Coral Reefs
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Marine parks are failing to protect the world's coral reefs, a prominent New Zealand researcher said Wednesday, with fewer than 2 percent receiving adequate protection from these sanctuaries.

Oregon Timber Sale Awarded as Efforts to Stop It Continue
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

A timber sale in a national forest roadless area has been awarded to a logging contractor, despite efforts by conservation groups and the governor to stop it.

U.S. Automakers to Double Production of Flexible-Fuel Vehicles
June 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

U.S. automakers said Wednesday they will double production of flexible-fuel vehicles by 2010, adding vehicles capable of running on ethanol blends and other biofuels and reducing dependence upon foreign oil.

Guyana Sets Up Fishing Restrictions to Help Endangered Sea Turtles
June 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Guyana has banned fishermen from spreading large nets off its northeastern coastline after more than two dozen dead sea turtles washed up on beaches, officials said Tuesday.

Organic Dairy Growth Raises Concerns
June 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Steve Karnowski, Associated Press

A different kind of organic dairy farm is emerging out west -- corporate-owned feedlot operations with thousands of cows that are fed organic grain but, according to critics, get little chance to graze.

EU Governments Move Closer to Agreement to Cut Air Pollution
June 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

European Union governments moved closer Tuesday to agreeing on tough plans to reduce air pollution, which the European Commission claims kills 370,000 citizens a year.

Big Bats Show Puzzling Fondness for Small Places
June 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

The startled bats resemble a flock of demonic ravens as they take to the sky, their huge wings spreading over the green canopy of the forest. With wingspans of about 3.3 feet or more, the bats are surprisingly big but their chosen home is small.

Domenici Offers Temporary Nuclear Waste Storage Proposal
June 28, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The government would store civilian nuclear waste for up to 25 years at federal sites across the country under a proposal in the Senate to deal with growing volumes of used reactor fuel at power plants.

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