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ENN Weekly: December 5th - 9th

ENN summarizes the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news December 5th - 9th: Costly oil drilling in Alaska, chemical spill endangers wildlife, clean energy in poor nations, shrinking glaciers, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Pittsburgh Brewing Files for Bankruptcy over Water, Sewage Bills

Pittsburgh Brewing Co., the maker of Iron City Beer, filed for protection from creditors under federal bankruptcy regulations Wednesday after failing to pay $2.5 million in water and sewage bills. >> Read the Full Article

State of the Emerging Global Greenhouse Market

Developers of greenhouse gas markets already launched in Europe and planned in other regions of the world hope one day to form links between the markets to help reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases. >> Read the Full Article

General Electric Not Required To Complete Cleanup of PCBs from Hudson River, Says New York Official

A federal plan requiring General Electric Co. to dredge PCB-contaminated sediment from the Hudson River will allow further delays and doesn't require the company to finish the cleanup, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

China Investigates Death of Official Involved in Toxic Spill Aftermath

A deputy mayor who claimed there was no pollution from a chemical plant explosion was found dead at his home amid public anger over officials' failure to quickly alert residents that tons of toxins had spilled into a major river. >> Read the Full Article

Argentina Works To Stem Farmland Floodings

Viewed from above, the gentle Salado river that runs through Argentina's fertile Pampa prairies looks harmless enough. But in the last 20 years, its inundations have largely kept 19.8 million acres of some of the world's richest farmland from being used -- or nearly one-third of the area Argentine farmers seeded with grains and oilseeds last season. >> Read the Full Article

In Final Days of Climate Conference, U.S. Resists `Post-Kyoto' Push

The United States on Wednesday rejected a Canadian bid to draw Washington into future global talks on climate change, a new round that would extend mandatory cutbacks in carbon emissions. >> Read the Full Article

'Alternative Nobel' Winners Call for Water and Land Rights, and for Global Justice

Two recipients of this year's Right Livelihood Awards, also known as the "alternative Nobels," on Tuesday said privatization of fresh water resources represents a threat to human rights. >> Read the Full Article

Beware of Bear: Return of the Brown Bear to Switzerland

After a 100-year hiatus, it seems that bears may be coming back to Switzerland. Well, at least one. This past summer, the first brown bear was sighted in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, the eastern most part of the country just shy of the border with Italy and Austria. >> Read the Full Article

Judge Blocks Land Clearing for Oil, Gas Drilling in Michigan Forest

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked an energy company from clearing land in preparation for oil and natural gas drilling near a forest and a river. Judge David M. Lawson issued a preliminary order halting Savoy Energy from cutting timber, building a road and taking other steps toÆ’ get the project under way in northern Michigan. >> Read the Full Article