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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.

Women's Help Vital in Slowing Spread of Deserts
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Ben Blanchard, Reuters

Women, who make up about 70 percent of rural workers worldwide, are key to turning back the spread of deserts, the head of the United Nations' main agency on rural poverty said on Wednesday.

U.S. Has Easy Ride under Kyoto, U.N. Official Says
May 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Washington is having an easy ride in U.N. talks to curb greenhouse gas emissions and the world may have to wait until after 2008 for greater U.S. involvement, the chair of a main U.N. climate group said.

Philippines Shuts Down KFC Outlet for Pollution
May 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Philippine state agency on Tuesday ordered the closure of a branch of U.S.-based fast-food chain KFC and a local restaurant for discharging untreated waste water into a lake supplying water to Manila, officials said.

Greenpeace Says Nuclear Waste Seeping into Groundwater from French Storage Site
May 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Ingrid Rousseau, Associated Press

Greenpeace said Tuesday that nuclear waste from a storage facility is seeping into groundwater in the Champagne region and threatening vineyards that produce the sparkling wine.

Dutch Preparing for 14-Inch Ocean Rise by 2050
May 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press

The Dutch can expect wetter winters and a threatening rise in sea levels of up to 35 centimeters (14 inches) by 2050, said a report Tuesday by the national weather service.

Australia Lobbies Pacific Nations against Whaling
May 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australia began a last-ditch attempt to lobby small Pacific Island nations to support whale conservation on Tuesday, warning that every vote at next month's International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting would be crucial.

States Restrict Firewood to Stop Bug
May 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Rick Callahan, Associated Press

A tiny green beetle that decimates ash trees is nibbling away at traditional summer campfires as states try to halt the insect's spread through infested firewood that campers unwittingly haul into parks.

Study Finds Global Warming Boosts Poison Ivy
May 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Another reason to worry about global warming: more and itchier poison ivy. The noxious vine grows faster and bigger as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, researchers report.

Group Advocates Clean-Running School Buses
May 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew Silva, San Bernardino County Sun

Diesel fumes have emerged as the new bogeyman in the battle against smog, and more needs to be done to protect children exposed to pollutants in school buses, an environmental group says.

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