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France Halts Livestock Movement, Blue Tongue Disease Outbreak Blamed

PARIS - The French Agriculture Ministry said on Saturday it had extended restrictions on livestock movements to 19 regions from 17 following the discovery of two new cases of blue tongue in animals near the German border. >> Read the Full Article

Rave Reviews: Time for Your Weekly Cleansing Ritual

With all the great summer sales and adventures, I'm finding my wallet to be lighter than ever. Indulging in a professional massage sounds like fun, but it's just not in the cards these days (because they are maxed out). My skin, wallet, and psyche have all been saved thanks to the Pangea Organics Facial Mask. >> Read the Full Article

Nearly 2,000 camels die in Saudi, food suspected

RIYADH (Reuters) - Nearly 2,000 camels have died in Saudi Arabia from a mystery illness that first appeared two weeks ago, the government said on Saturday, adding that poisoning was a more likely cause than infectious disease. Authorities have been on the lookout for signs of foot-and- mouth disease over the last year. >> Read the Full Article

Midwest U.S. Storms, Floods, Create More Havoc

CHICAGO - Heavy thunderstorms flooded portions of the central United States again on Friday, knocking out the water supply in one Iowa city and disrupting a major transcontinental highway. >> Read the Full Article

Forest Fires Kill 37 in Southern Greece

Massive forest fires swept uncontrolled across Greece for a second day Saturday and killed at least 37 people in the south of the country, including several children, the fire department said. Arson was suspected in several of the more than 170 fires that have blazed since Friday morning. At least 25 of the fires ignited after dark, not close to any of the fires that were already burning, said fire department spokesman Nikos Diamandis. Police and firefighting investigators were heading to the areas. >> Read the Full Article

Modest start to Kyoto trade on Chicago exchange

One contract representing Kyoto Treaty greenhouse gas reductions traded on the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange on Friday, the first such trade to take place in the United States, a trade source said. >> Read the Full Article

Bird flu hits poultry in two Vietnam provinces

Bird flu has spread to two more provinces in Vietnam, killing hundreds of chickens and ducks, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday. The outbreak of H5N1 in the northern province of Thai Nguyen and Dong Thap to the south brought to four the number of provinces on the government's current bird flu watchlist. >> Read the Full Article

Offsets, the Indulgencies of Today?

What do political heartbreaker turned environmental heartthrob Al Gore, British rockers Coldplay, and multinational banking giant HSBC have in common? They are all seeking to make personal and business activities carbon neutral. More and more, wealthy individuals and companies are offsetting their carbon consumption out of a sincere concern for the environment, for good public relations, and for economic value. >> Read the Full Article

Californians Could Get $1.3 Billion Refund In Energy Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO - A U.S. appeals-court ruling on Friday could open the way for more than $1 billion in refunds to Californians who experienced power outages and soaring energy prices in 2001, state prosecutors said. The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco found that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission abused its discretion in denying refunds for energy bought in the Pacific Northwest and consumed in California. >> Read the Full Article

Worst Forest Fires In Decade, 16 Dead, Greece Asks EU For Help

ATHENS - The worst forest fires to hit Greece in decades killed at least 16 people on Friday, including two French tourists, and Athens asked the European Union for urgent help. Six people including two firefighters and two French tourists died in a blaze near the town of Areopolis, on the southerly Peloponnese peninsula, where multiple fire fronts fanned by strong winds burned farms, homes and forests. >> Read the Full Article