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ENN Weekly: February 19th - 23rd

ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news February 19th - 23rd: Yellowstone air, global warming and Inuit rights, a tire reef, "green" limousines, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

House Speaker Questions Ethics Process in Lobbyist-Prosecutor Arrangement

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for tighter ethics rules in federal agencies Wednesday after government officials approved the purchase of a $980,000 vacation home by a top Justice Department lawyer with an oil company lobbyist. >> Read the Full Article

Sea Turtles Returned to Gulf of Mexico

Nearly 90 sea turtles rescued after a cold snap left them comatose have been returned to the Gulf of Mexico. Jeff George, curator at Sea Turtle Inc., a nonprofit turtle rescue group on South Padre Island, said 42 of the endangered juvenile green turtles were released Tuesday and 46 on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Milk Thirst Threatens Rare Desert Oasis in Mexico

Mexican dairy farming is endangering an ancient oasis in the Great Chihuahuan Desert that scientists say can help them understand earth's beginnings, global warming and the chances of life on Mars. >> Read the Full Article

Hearing to Probe Climate Change and Inuit Rights

The Inuit of Arctic Canada and Alaska are bearing the brunt of global warming and their way of life is in peril, an international human rights body will be told next month. >> Read the Full Article

Ikea to Charge U.S. Customers for Plastic Bags

Sweden's IKEA will charge U.S. customers five cents for disposable plastic shopping bags in what the international furniture giant said Wednesday was a first step to ending their use altogether. >> Read the Full Article

Experts Say Warming May Harm Tuscan Wines

Imagine a world where Scandinavia produces wines to rival Italy's fabled Chianti region. It could come to just that by the end of the century, experts in Italy warn, if global warming continues unchecked. >> Read the Full Article

Trash Old Medications with Cat Litter or Coffee Grounds, Government Says

Here's a safety tip from your government: Trash those unwanted prescription drugs with kitty litter or coffee grounds to keep them from falling into the wrong hands -- and mouths. >> Read the Full Article

Green Limo Line at Oscars Gets Longer and Sexier

From a plug-in hybrid car to the sexy electric Tesla Roadster, celebrities wanting to make a green statement on the way to the red carpet of the Oscars will have plenty of environment-friendly rides this Sunday. >> Read the Full Article

Rare Loon Deaths in New Hampshire Faze Scientists

Scientists are struggling to explain the rare death of 17 loons in New Hampshire, saying warm weather may have confused the threatened species of bird which typically heads to the ocean for winter. >> Read the Full Article