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Buses Start Using Clean-Burning Fuel
May 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Passengers on the Greater Portland Transit District's Metro system got to ride for free Monday to celebrate the official arrival of clean-burning buses powered by compressed natural gas.

Polar Bears, Hippos Added to Threatened Species
May 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura MacInnis, Reuters

Polar bears and hippos have joined the ranks of species threatened with extinction from climate change, unregulated hunting and other man-made dangers, a leading environmental agency said on Tuesday.

Wyoming Plans Another Ferret Release
May 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Encouraged by the successful reintroduction of black-footed ferrets into central Wyoming's Shirley Basin, state wildlife managers plan to release more ferrets into the same area.

Thaw Releases More Toxins From China Spill
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Thawing river ice months after a Chinese toxic spill has released a "second wave" of pollution into waterways near a major Russian Far Eastern city, experts said Sunday.

A Short History of Environmentalism -- A Guest Commentary
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Tensie Whelan, Rainforest Alliance

Environmentalists anticipate Earth Day all year, and then we're secretly relieved when it’s over. It seems to represent our dearest aspirations, and some of our best opportunities for media coverage, and yet compresses them impossibly into one, reductive, feel-good day a year.

China Releases Panda Into the Wild
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Audra Ang, Associated Press

China on Friday released a panda bred in captivity into the wild for the first time, and the animal scampered into a nearby bamboo forest where he will be monitored via satellite.

China Bans Waste Discharges Near Croplands
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's legislature passed a law on Saturday barring sewage or chemical waste discharges into agricultural areas in an effort to improve the safety of produce, state media said.

Federal Grants Fund Suburban Bobcats Study
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Wilson Ring, Associated Press

In Vermont, state wildlife biologist Mark Freeman and his colleague Olivia LeMaistre are trying to determine how a species that's typically wary of humans is faring as development expands into rural areas.

California Frog at Center of Protection Debate
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

The national debate over protecting fragile species comes to life here, where upscale housing developments push ever deeper into the rumpled blanket of grassy hills at the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay area.

Across Asia, Governments Look to Crops to Offest Oil Dependence
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

All across Asia, governments are searching for crops that can help them offset a dependence on imported oil that can only skyrocket as their economies soar.

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