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Scientists Say Global Warming Hurts Africa
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rising global temperatures will hit Africa's poor the hardest, reducing their ability to deal with disease, feed themselves and earn a living, a scientist told an international conference on climate change Wednesday.

Carpool Lanes: Not Just for Carpools Anymore
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

If helping the environment isn't a good enough reason to buy a hybrid car, lawmakers are contemplating a powerful appeal to drivers' self-interest: an easier commute.

Crane Restoration Partners Pledge to Continue Efforts
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Tunstall, Tampa Tribune

Bird lovers trying to establish a migrating colony of whooping cranes east of the Mississippi River say they will dedicate at least three to five more years to the project.

Notes from Anna: Collapse, by Jared Diamond
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Seluyanova, ENN

This month, Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, And Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, has published his new book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.

Judge Rules U.S. Government Wrong to Downgrade Wolf from Endangered to Threatened
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that President George W. Bush administration violated the Endangered Species Act when it relaxed protections on many of the United States' gray wolves.

Study Uncovers New Threatened Ecological Hotspots
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A global study has identified nine new environmental "hotspots," areas of great ecological diversity that are under threat and together shelter most of the planet's endangered plant and animal species.

Toyota to Launch World's 1st Hybrid Luxury Vehicle in U.S.
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will launch the world's first luxury hybrid sport utility vehicle, the Lexus RX 400h, in the United States in April, following a delay caused by soaring demand from environmentally conscious consumers.

Wind Energy a Goal in State
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Chicago Tribune

Less than a month after Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration approved a controversial coal-fired power plant, the governor plans to call for more of the state's electricity to come from wind turbines and other renewable sources.

West Texas Woodlands Make Conservation 'Hot' List
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

A rugged and mountainous terrain stretching from southern Mexico into the southwestern United States, and including some of West Texas' highest peaks, will officially be named today as one of the most biologically diverse and most severely threatened places on the planet.

Lockyer Sues Over U.S. Timber Plan
February 2, 2005 12:00 AM - The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

State Attorney General Bill Lockyer sued the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday in a bid to stop it from scrapping a logging plan for the Sierra Nevada and replacing it with one that he said is designed to maximize logging and profits from 11.5 million acres of California forests.

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