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California Backs Lowering Formaldehyde in Wood

California regulators adopted new standards Thursday to slash the amount of formaldehyde allowed in wood products, a move they say will save hundreds of people from getting cancer every year. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Weekly: April 23rd - 27th

ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news April 23rd - 27th: The discovery of an Earth-like planet, Bush's controversial endangered wildlife plan, the ten best green buildings in the U.S., a possible Parkinson's-pesticides link, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

China to Force Rain Ahead of Olympics

Chance of showers during the 2008 Beijing Olympics: 50 percent. But Chinese meteorologists have a plan to bring sunshine. The meteorologists say they can force rain in the days before the Olympics, through a process known as cloud-seeding, to clean the air and ensure clear skies. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Demand Changes to Film by Global Warming Skeptic

A group of British climate scientists is demanding changes to a skeptical documentary about global warming, saying there are grave errors in the program billed as a response to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." >> Read the Full Article

EPA Accused of Flouting Supreme Court in Proposing New Pollution Standard

The government proposed a pollution standard for power plants Wednesday that critics said flouts the spirit of a Supreme Court ruling on clean air enforcement. The proposal would make it easier for utilities to expand plant operations or make other changes to produce more electricity without installing new pollution controls. >> Read the Full Article

Ecuador Returns Envoy to Colombia after Spray Row

Ecuador will send its ambassador back to Colombia after recalling the envoy in December after a row over its neighbor's fumigation of drug crops along their border, the government said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Schwarzenegger Warns of California Suit Against EPA

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday threatened to sue the Environmental Protection Agency if it fails to act soon on a state bid to crack down on greenhouse gas emissions from cars. >> Read the Full Article

Brazil To Split Up Its Environmental Agency

Brazil will break up its environmental protection agency, the government said Wednesday, in a move that should speed up the licensing of projects such as gas pipelines and dams in sensitive areas like the Amazon rain forest. >> Read the Full Article

Dutch Consider Tough Biofuels Criteria

It's the new climate change dilemma: finding alternatives for oil and gas without doing more harm than good. In the rush to develop biofuels, forests are burned in Asia to clear land for palm oil, and swaths of the Amazon are stripped of diverse vegetation for soya and sugar plantations for ethanol. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Senators Question Bush Endangered Wildlife Plan

A Bush administration plan to change rules of the Endangered Species Act protecting American wildlife drew pointed questions Wednesday from five U.S. senators, who called the proposed changes "troubling." >> Read the Full Article