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China Seen as Main Market for Illegal Africa Ivory
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Africa's elephant herds are being targeted by poachers feeding a booming market for ivory in emerging colossus China, wildlife groups say.

EU Commission Proposes Stricter Emissions Standards for Cars
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Commission approved a bill Wednesday to impose stricter emission standards on vehicles and seek to close a loophole that allows gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles to escape the EU pollution limits.

Democrats Block Alaska Drilling in U.S. Defense Bill
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett and Julie Vorman, Reuters

Senate Democrats succeeded Wednesday in blocking, for now, oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which Republicans sought to add to a massive massive $453 billion war-time military spending bill.

Better Turkeys: Buy Local
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Joyce H. Newman, The Green Guide

This holiday season you may be better off buying your turkey from a local turkey farm or other local supplier rather than buying an organic turkey from a large far-off supplier. The reason: large organic farms can operate in many ways like large industrial or factory farms that are designed to produce uniform quantities or turkeys that can be shipped over long distances.

In End of Era, Last Classic VW Vans Outfitted with Air-Cooled Engines
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Clendenning, Associated Press

With their unique air-cooled engines sputtering to life, brand-new classic Volkswagen minivans chug off the assembly line after a manufacturing ritual barely changed since hippies turned the boxy vehicle into a counterculture icon.

EU States Face Legal Action over Whales, Dolphins
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Darren Ennis, Reuters

EU member states must do more to protect their dolphins, whales and porpoises from dangers like pollution and illegal fishing or face legal action.

Scientists Study Coral Reefs in Caribbean
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

U.S. government scientists were taking aerial photos and conducting underwater surveys to study a coral disease threatening life in the Caribbean Sea.

Ford Releases Emissions Report, Says More Cooperation Needed
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it is taking action to reduce harmful emissions from its plants and vehicles, but the automaker said continued progress depends on industry, government, and consumers.

Scores of Pilot Whales Stranded on New Zealand Beach
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rescuers struggled Wednesday to free more than 100 pilot whales beached on New Zealand's South Island but at least 19 have died, officials said.

EU Fisheries Ministers open Bartering Session over Ever-Dwindling Fish Quotas
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Raf Casert, Associated Press

European Union fisheries ministers opened their annual bartering session on fish quotas Tuesday, balancing the threat of rapidly shrinking stocks with the economic challenges facing fishermen.

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