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Greece Brings Deadly Fires Under Control

ATHENS, Greece - Forest fires that have ravaged Greece for more than 10 days have largely come under control after killing 64 people and leaving thousands homeless, the fire brigade said on Monday. Dozens of villages in the southern Peloponnese peninsula and the island of Evia north of the capital have burned down while hundreds of thousands of acres of pristine forest have been destroyed in the fires that broke out across central and southern Greece. >> Read the Full Article

Thousands Flee Hurricane Felix

TEGUCIGALPA - Tens of thousands of people, including Miskito Indians and foreign tourists, began fleeing low-lying coastal areas on Central America's Caribbean coast on Monday to escape the approaching Hurricane Felix. The highly dangerous Category 4 storm charged toward Nicaragua and Honduras with top sustained winds of 145 mph, provoking fears of a repeat of Hurricane Mitch, which killed some 10,000 people in Central America in 1998. "We are faced with a very serious threat to lives and property. The most important thing is that people pay heed to the call for evacuation so that we don't have to count bodies later," said Marco Burgos, head of Honduras' civil protection agency. >> Read the Full Article

Carbon From Cars Drops

Climate-warming carbon emissions from new cars and light trucks in the United States dropped 3 percent in 2005, the first decrease in nearly two decades, Environmental Defense reported Thursday. "We see some signs of good news here," said the group's Jon DeCicco in a telephone news briefing announcing the findings. >> Read the Full Article

APEC Set For World Trade, Climate Change Talks

U.S. President George W. Bush hopes to spur momentum for a world trade pact and a global target on climate change at this week's APEC summit in Sydney, but host Australia has warned not to expect binding greenhouse targets. Organizers anticipate violent demonstrations at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, which will be attended by 21 leaders including Bush, and are staging the nation's biggest ever security operation. >> Read the Full Article

China Vows to Clean Up Toxins Amid Food Scares

China will clamp down on foods tainted with illegal and excessive chemicals as it seeks to quell domestic and foreign alarm about toxins in meat, seafood and vegetables, the country's top agriculture official said. China is battling a torrent of warnings and recalls abroad that have shaken international markets' confidence in the "made in China" label on products ranging from toothpaste and toys to food and tires. >> Read the Full Article

Researchers Warn of Livestock Extinctions

NAIROBI - Over-reliance on just a few breeds of imported farm animals is putting others in poor countries at risk of extinction, researchers warned on Monday and called for the urgent creation of livestock gene banks. >> Read the Full Article

Myanmar Wildlife Pays The Price For Chinese Demand

MONG LA, Myanmar (Reuters) - If the market of Mong La is anything to go by, the remaining wild elephants, tigers and bears in Myanmar's forests are being hunted down slowly and sold to China. Nestled in hills in a rebel-controlled enclave on the Chinese border, the "Las Vegas in the jungle" casino town is clearly branching out from narcotics and prostitution into the illegal wildlife business. >> Read the Full Article

N.Korea Agrees To Disable Nuclear Program In 2007

GENEVA - North Korea agreed in weekend talks with the United States to fully account for and disable its nuclear programs by the end of this year, negotiators said on Sunday. "We had very good, very substantive talks," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill told reporters. "One thing that we agreed on is that (North Korea) will provide a full declaration of all of their nuclear programs and will disable their nuclear programs by the end of this year, 2007." >> Read the Full Article

Greece Buries Fire Victims, Hopes For Autumn Rain

ARTEMIDA, Greece - Sobbing villagers on Sunday buried a Greek mother and her four children who died in destructive forest fires, as the first autumn rains raised hopes of dousing the flames that have killed 64 people. Storms in northern Greece flooded two villages as firefighters continued to battle blazes in the southern Peloponnese region. Rains were expected across Greece from Sunday night. "The burnt forests contributed to the floods, which swept cars into the sea," said fire brigade officer Giorgos Minos in the northern Halkidiki peninsula. >> Read the Full Article

Pope Urges, Save The Planet Before It's Too Late

LORETO, Italy (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, leading the Catholic Church's first 'eco-friendly' youth rally, on Sunday told up to half a million people that world leaders must make courageous decisions to save the planet "before it is too late". "A decisive 'yes' is needed in decisions to safeguard creation as well as a strong commitment to reverse tendencies that risk leading to irreversible situations of degradation," the 80-year-old Pope said. Wearing green vestments, he spoke to a crowd of mostly young people sprawled over a hillside near the Adriatic city of Loreto on the day Italy's Catholic Church marks it annual Save Creation Day. >> Read the Full Article