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Price of Plastic Skyrockets in Hurricane Katrina's Wake

Decades ago before the invention of plastic, Italian pasta makers wrapped their hand-stuffed ravioli in paper tied with a coarse string. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentalists Criticize Route of Planned Siberia-Pacific Pipeline in New Report

Environmentalists slammed the proposed route for an oil pipeline from Siberia to Russia's Pacific in a report released Tuesday, arguing that it could send 4,000 tons of crude spilling into the world's largest freshwater body in just 20 minutes if ruptured. >> Read the Full Article

Audubon Society Chapters Sue over Spotted Owl Protection

The northern spotted owl was listed as an endangered species in 1990 because of logging in the Northwest, but federal officials have yet to come up with a plan to protect it, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Expect Sparks, No Flames, at U.S. Senate Oil Hearing

Wednesday's Senate grilling of top U.S. oil industry executives is likely to be heavy on political theater but light on energy policy initiatives, analysts said. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. States Say Power Bills Won't Soar on CO2 Plan

Businesses who oppose a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions in nine Northeastern U.S. states have overestimated how much the plan will raise electric bills, according to a study released by the states Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Cambodia Introduces Battery-Powered Bicycles for Tourists Visiting Angkor Complex

The Cambodian government began Tuesday offering 300 battery-powered bicycles for tourists to rent while visiting the world-famous Angkor archaeological park, Cambodia's main tourist attraction. >> Read the Full Article

More Monarch Butterflies May Go to Mexico

As many as 200 million Monarch butterflies may migrate to Mexico this year -- a nearly tenfold increase over 2004, when unfavorable weather, pollution and deforestation caused a drastic decline in the population, environmental officials said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

U.S., Chinese Environmental Chiefs Start Regular Meetings on Cleaner Atmosphere

The world's established superpower and superpolluter is meeting with an emerging superpower and superpolluter, seeking new and greener common ground. >> Read the Full Article

Seals, Sea Lions Can Be Condor Food

The growing populations of harbor seals and sea lions along the West Coast may be good news for California condors. While condors are now best known for eating dead deer, cattle and other animals, new research shows that carcasses of marine animals once formed a large part of their diet. >> Read the Full Article

Japan To Double Usual Whale Kill in New Antarctic Hunt, Expanded To Include Fin Whales

A fleet of Japanese whaling ships left for the seas of Antarctica amid protests Tuesday, aiming to kill 850 minke whales -- almost double last year's catch -- and expand the hunt to fin whales for the first time. >> Read the Full Article