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EU Approves Plan for Industrial Carbon Dioxide Trading Rights for Greece

Greece became the last country to meet European Union criteria allowing emissions trading, joining a scheme at the heart of the EU's policy to cut carbon dioxide emissions, officials said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Mexican Nabbed Smuggling Tiger Cubs from U.S.

U.S. customs agents seized two rare white tiger cubs and nabbed a Mexican man as he smuggled them south over the border from Texas in his truck, authorities said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Arsenic-Eating Fern Holds Hope for Tainted Soils

State pollution fighters planted a small patch of pitiful-looking plants inside a wire cage in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park and labeled them poison. The 100 subtropical ferns inside the test plot near Fort Nisqually are part of a two-year, $30,000 experiment in pollution control that began in April on Vashon and Maury islands. >> Read the Full Article

Venezuela Targets Another Farm of UK Cattle Rancher

Venezuelan authorities will take over another farm run by British meat producer Vestey Group, its third property targeted under President Hugo Chavez's land reforms, officials said. >> Read the Full Article

Group Sets Benchmarks To Evaluate Boston Harbor's Health

For decades, Boston Harbor's environmental health was measured by how much raw sewage floated in it. Now, as a 20-year, $4 billion harbor cleanup enters its final stage, its well-being will be measured by populations of fish, numbers of days the water is swimmable, and eel grass quality, among other standards set by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. >> Read the Full Article

Senate Agrees to Energy Tax Package

Industry groups and environmentalists lobbied hard to sway lawmakers' votes Monday as the Senate prepared for a major challenge to President Bush's global warming policy as part of emerging energy legislation. >> Read the Full Article

Sierra Nevada Growth To Bring More Congestion, Development, Report Says

The population of the Sierra Nevada could triple in the next 35 years, threatening many of the mountain range's Gold Rush-era towns with sprawl, gridlock and pollution, according to a report released Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

A Decade Ago, Massive Hog Waste Spill Inspired Industry Reforms

It's been 10 years since a lagoon broke at Oceanview Farm near Richlands, spewing millions of gallons of hog waste that eventually ran into the New River. Ten years, and the memories are still alive for those who were here. It was a chaotic time that impacted nearly every aspect of the community -- set neighbor against neighbor and altered the business landscape for one of the state's most promising industries. >> Read the Full Article

Wildlife Crowds Around Arctic Telescope

To examine data on the universe's earliest stars and galaxies from a balloon-launched telescope, scientists had to fend off earthly creatures in the Canadian Arctic. >> Read the Full Article

Dog Stew Diners Puzzled by Fuss over Whale Meat

Waitress Pak Suk-kyun brings a bowl of dog stew to a table of hungry South Korean men and wonders why people are making such a fuss about eating whale meat at an international conference down the road. >> Read the Full Article