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Avocado Oil, Taco Grease Fuel Eco-Bus in Mexico

Ecologists toured Mexico City taco stands and sushi bars Wednesday to refuel an old school bus with waste cooking oil that will power the next leg of a green-awareness tour from California to Costa Rica. >> Read the Full Article

Warming May Be Taking Toll on Pikas, Study Reveals

Populations of the American pika -- a hamster-like rodent unable to survive in warm climates -- continue to decline in the West, apparently due in part to global warming, a new study says. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Administration Finalizes Rules for National Forest Management

Managers of the nation's 155 national forests will have more discretion to approve logging and other commercial projects without lengthy environmental reviews under a new Bush administration initiative. >> Read the Full Article

Bangor, Maine, Activists Target 'Persistent Polluters'

More than 300,000 pounds of long-lasting toxic chemicals were released into Maine's environment over two years, according to state and federal pollution data. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Fines Phoenix-Based Copper Mining Firm for Emissions Report Errors

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Asarco Inc. $80,000 for errors the company made in reporting emissions at its copper smelter in Hayden. >> Read the Full Article

Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture Triggers Massive Mojave Desert Cleanup

A nasal-penetrating stench still rises from the sand a month after a ruptured pipeline spewed untold amounts of gasoline up to 80 feet high for hours over a patch of the fragile Mojave Desert. >> Read the Full Article

Mexico Pays Indians Who Threatened Mexico City Water Supply

Mexican water authorities gave almost US$120,000 (euro89,500) to 110 Mazahua Indians on Wednesday to compensate for damages to their land caused by flooding at a dam that supplies water to Mexico City. >> Read the Full Article

EU Divided on Plans to Curb Illegal Timber Trade

EU members are divided over a European Commission plan to crack down on the lucrative illegal timber trade by making exporters prove their wood is not from endangered rainforests, officials said on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

New Agreement Would Quicken Restoration of Polluted Riverfront in Illinois

A new agreement between the former owner of a shuttered oil refinery and government agencies should accelerate by at least a decade the restoration of a polluted stretch of southeastern Illinois riverfront, officials announced Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

EarthTalk: What Exactly is the 'Greenhouse Effect'?

The "greenhouse effect" occurs naturally when heat from the sun enters our atmosphere but cannot escape because it is blocked by water vapor, carbon dioxide and other airborne elements, thereby causing a warming of the Earth. >> Read the Full Article