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Republicans Plan Vote to Overcome Democrat's Block on EPA Nominee

Senate Republicans will try this week to overcome a Democratic senator's block on President Bush's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Republicans on Wednesday set up a confrontation over the hold on Stephen Johnson's nomination imposed by Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Touts Technology to Solve Energy Problems, Admits Being Powerless to Curb Prices

President Bush is not immune to being pestered about high energy costs -- even during lunch with a group of soldiers in Texas. "Why don't you lower gasoline prices, Mr. President?" one of them asked the other day. "I wish I could. If I could, I would," Bush replied. >> Read the Full Article

Ivory Billed Woodpecker, Feared Extinct, Isn't

The ivory-billed woodpecker, long feared extinct, has been seen in a remote part of Arkansas 60 years after the last confirmed U.S. sighting, ornithologists said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Air Pollution Lower, Still a Threat, Report Says

Fewer Americans have had to breathe unhealthy levels of smog or microscopic soot in recent years, but air pollution remained a threat in counties where more than half the nation lives, the American Lung Association said in an annual report Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Standing Room Only at New Australian Cemetery

It will be standing room only for those being buried at a new Australian cemetery that aims to provide cheap, environmentally friendly burials. >> Read the Full Article

Right-Wingers Running Full Court Press

(By Buck Parker) The federal judiciary has the unfortunate distinction of being the target de jour of far-right extremists in Congress. While the impetus for Tom DeLay and John Cornyn’s recent spat of inflammatory proclamations against federal judges was seemingly unrelated to environmental protection, their comments reflect a larger scheme to reshape federal courts with disastrous consequences for our nation’s natural heritage. >> Read the Full Article

New Environment-Friendly Technology Developed

The painting industry was regarded during the bubble economy as a typical example of a dirty and dangerous industry and treated as a nuisance to the environment. But painting artisans' skills developed in the city of Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, are going to bear fruit as new environmentally friendly technologies. >> Read the Full Article

University Mulls Proposal to Grow Gilia for Developer

CSU-Monterey Bay may be getting into the environmental mitigation business -- for a price. The university is considering a proposal from developers to grow 150 acres of the endangered sand gilia plant on campus. >> Read the Full Article

SBC California Joins the California Climate Action Registry

SBC California, subsidiary of telecom giant SBC, has joined a group of corporate environmental leaders as a new member of the California Climate Action Registry. >> Read the Full Article

Cousteau Grandson Backs Windmill Park Plan

The grandson of marine scientist Jacques Cousteau is backing a proposal to build an energy producing windmill park in the Atlantic Ocean, four miles south of Long Island. >> Read the Full Article