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Scientists Say Warming Threatening Florida
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - David Rose, Associated Press

Florida's governor cautiously entered the debate Wednesday over whether rising global temperatures are to blame for an increase in the number of strong hurricanes, meeting with two researchers who say global warming is threatening Florida with a long-term future of more bad storms.

China Cracking Down on Illegal Timber from Myanmar
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China has quietly cracked down on illegal timber imports from Myanmar, a rights group and state media say, after decades of Chinese logging in the isolated country's northern forests.

Contaminated Water Leaves Nine Dead, 19,000 Sick in Eastern Pakistan
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Asif Shahzad, Associated Press

Nine people died and more than 19,000 others were sickened after an eastern Pakistani city's water system was contaminated by sewage, officials said Thursday.

Study Finds Yellowstone Air Quality Worsening
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Air quality in four of six categories is worsening at Yellowstone National Park, a new study by the National Park Service shows. One pollutant on the rise in Yellowstone is ground-level ozone, which can cause respiratory problems and threaten plant health.

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.

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