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CITES Does Not Follow Standard U.N. Divisions

China and the United States join forces, Norway and Japan defy the European Union, and nobody gives a hoot about Israel. Meanwhile, African solidarity is shattered as divisions emerge between Kenya and the continent's southern neighborhood. >> Read the Full Article

Animal Advocates Sue San Diego in Fight Over Seals on Beach

Animal advocates who want to protect seals living at a beach sued the city of San Diego this week, the latest episode in a standoff that's included at least two suspicious seal deaths. >> Read the Full Article

U.N. Conference Votes to Regulate Perfume Wood

A U.N. conference voted on Wednesday to regulate global trade in agarwood, a fragrant wood highly coveted for perfumes in the Middle East and traditional medicines in Asia. >> Read the Full Article

Shell Cuts Back on Nigerian Oil Following Pipeline Fire

Oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell said this week it was cutting back its Nigerian oil production by 20,000 barrels a day, following a leak and a fire on a major pipeline transporting crude oil to its export terminal in the Niger Delta. >> Read the Full Article

Bushmeat Trade Is Flourishing in "Hot Spots," Says Report

The market for the meat of animals killed illegally is flourishing in Kenya's capital Nairobi, one of many "hot spots" for a trade that is a serious threat to wild fauna, a report said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Environmental Group Draws Attention to 1872 Law by Threatening to Mine Posh Subdivision

An environmental group has staked claim to 20 acres of public land next to a posh subdivision to show just how antiquated the nation's mining laws are. >> Read the Full Article

Thailand Shows There Is No Easy War Against Wildlife Crime

With an AK-47 assault rifle slung over his shoulder, Sompong Prajobjan roamed one of Thailand's lush national parks for more than a decade. >> Read the Full Article

Canadian River Water Board in Texas to Issue $43 million in Bonds for Rights

The Canadian River Municipal Water Authority is preparing to issue $43 million in bonds so it can buy another 32,000 acre-feet of water rights. >> Read the Full Article

Western States Kept in Dark on Moving Nuclear Waste, Governors Say

Utah and Nevada are at the end of the funnel for the tens of thousands of rail and truck shipments of nuclear waste heading for the proposed Yucca Mountain and Private Fuel Storage (PFS) disposal sites. >> Read the Full Article

E.U. Urges Ukraine to Postpone Completion of a Shipping Canal

The European Union is urging Ukrainian authorities to postpone completion of a shipping canal in the Danube Delta, citing environmental concerns. >> Read the Full Article