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Earth's 'Lung,' the Amazon Forest, Breathes Uneasily in a Time of Climate Change
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

As the light plane banked left, the smell of smoke reached the cockpit. The landscape below was an ashen green, the sun above an orange glow behind sooty billows of gray.

Council Votes to Restrict Bottom Trawling in Aleutian Islands
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Elizabeth M. Gillespie, Associated Press

A federal fishing council moved to ban bottom trawling on more than 370,000 square miles off Alaska's Aleutian Islands to try to protect coral beds and other sensitive fish habitat.

Report Warns Great Barrier Reef Could Die in 20 Years
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

It could take less that 20 years for rising sea temperatures caused by global warming to kill Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest chain of living coral, a newspaper reported Saturday.

U.S. Wildlife Experts to Teach Brazilian Environmental Police
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

American wildlife experts will teach Brazil's federal police how to crack down on environmental crimes, the government said.

Global Warming Treaty Set to Take Effect
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

After seven politically painful years, the Kyoto Protocol finally enters into force on Wednesday, reining in industrial emissions of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" in a first attempt to control climate change.

Congressional Challenges in 2005 -- An ENN Commentary
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Buck Parker, Earthjustice

With the official start of the second Bush administration, much of the environmental community's focus is on the actions of the Executive Branch. in both chambers of Congress has the potential to seriously weaken the nation's environmental laws...

Senators Introduce Ocean Trash Bill
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators from coastal states introduced legislation Thursday calling for removal of the thousands of tons of ocean debris that wash up on U.S. shores each year.

Congressional Challenges in 2005
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Buck Parker, Earthjustice

(By Buck Parker) With the official start of the second Bush administration, much of the environmental community's focus is on the actions of the Executive Branch.

Bush Plan Streamlines Strip Mine Permits
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette

The Bush administration on Thursday announced a plan to allow states to streamline the way coal operators obtain new strip mine permits.

City to Meet over Contract to Clean Up Harmful Agents
February 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Sarah A. Booth, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.

City councilors will meet at 7 p.m. today to agree to a contract with Solvents & Petroleum Service Inc., Syracuse, to dispose of heavy detergents, sludge, dry bleach and other hazardous material from the former Quik-Rite Dry Cleaners.

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