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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

Klansman Sentenced, 3 Life Terms For Role in 1964 Kidnapping and Murder of Two African-American Men

WASHINGTON - James Ford Seale, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, was sentenced today to three life terms in prison for his role in the 1964 abductions and eventual slayings of two African-American men. >> Read the Full Article

Judge Clears Way For Noriega's French Extradition

MIAMI - A U.S. judge on Friday denied former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega's demand for a speedy return home when his U.S. prison term ends next month and said nothing stood in the way of a French extradition request. Noriega's defense attorneys argued in court this month that his designation as a "prisoner of war" after his arrest during the U.S. invasion of Panama more than 17 years ago entitled him to immediate repatriation after his scheduled release from a Florida prison on September 9. >> Read the Full Article

Study Links Air Pollution To Premature Births

University of California, Los Angeles - A new study shows that women who live in regions with high carbon monoxide or fine-particle levels — pollution caused mainly by vehicle traffic — were approximately 10 to 25 percent more likely to have a pre-term baby than women who lived in less polluted areas. This was especially true for women who breathed polluted air during the first trimester or during the last months and weeks of pregnancy. >> Read the Full Article

ALERT: USDA Says 'Raw' Foods Can Be Pasteurized With Suspected Carcinogen

WASHINGTON - Under pressure from industrial agriculture lobbyists, the USDA has quietly approved a new regulation that will effectively end distribution of raw almonds, while putting many family farmers out of business. The regulation is scheduled to go into effect in just a few short days on September 1st, unless thousands of consumers take action now. >> Read the Full Article

Toxic Grounds

Groundwater beneath the Rosedale Highway refinery is saturated with toxic chemicals leaked or spilled on the property over the last 20 years, some of it pooling dangerously close to two public drinking supplies including the Kern River. >> Read the Full Article