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Venezuela Unwilling to Negotiate Tax Increase on a Heavy Crude Upgrading Project Involving ExxonMobil

Venezuela is not willing to negotiate a tax increase on a heavy crude upgrading project involving ExxonMobil, Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Deluge Deadly for Southern California's Dairy Cows

The record rains in Southern California have done heavy damage to the dairy industry, killing or sickening cows and leaving herds udder-deep in mud and cold water. >> Read the Full Article

New Hampshire Nature Center Wants Snowmobile Ban

Snowmobiling is big business in New Hampshire's rural North Country, so it's no wonder the state has been trying to lure riders this winter with a new trail. >> Read the Full Article

Panelists Decry Bush Science Policies

The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush administration, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting. >> Read the Full Article

Bush, Schroeder to Make Pledges on Climate Change, Official Says

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and U.S. President George W. Bush were expected to make pledges on efficient energy use and combating air pollution at their meeting Wednesday in Germany, a government official said. >> Read the Full Article

Wisconsin Group Complains to USDA of Dairy Organic Rules Violations

A Wisconsin advocacy group has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture saying that the Case Vander Eyk Dairy near Pixley has violated national organic rules that require pasture feeding of cows. >> Read the Full Article

Up to 11 Wilderness Areas Could Join National Forest

As many as 11 and as few as zero new wilderness areas will be recommended for inclusion in the Monongahela National Forest, according to a recently released draft of an updated management plan for the 910,000-acre forest. >> Read the Full Article

Umbra on Renting Hybrids and Sharing Cars

A reader asks advice guru Umbra Fisk where she can rent a hybrid. Turns out it's not as easy as one might like, though the option is spreading. But Umbra's got another suggestion for how city dwellers can drive a hybrid without buying one. Learn about car sharing, the hippest trend in urban living -- in Ask Umbra, today on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

Ex-Wildlife Manager Agrees to Pay Fine

A former federal wildlife manager who says he moved about 400 protected tadpoles from a backyard pond to a refuge for their own safety has agreed to pay a $3,500 fine to avoid a criminal charge. >> Read the Full Article

Bird Flu in Flies No Threat to Animals or Humans, Expert Says

Flies can carry the bird flu virus which has killed 46 people in Asia but there is no evidence they can spread the killer disease to other animals or humans, an animal health expert said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article