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Australia Seeks Backing for Deforestation Fund

Australia, which refuses to sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, will ask other nations to contribute to a new fund to combat deforestation and global warming, Prime Minister John Howard said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

UNEP Says Greener Buildings Could Slow Global Warming

Better architecture and energy savings in buildings could do more to fight global warming than all curbs on greenhouse gases agreed under the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol, a U.N. study showed on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Government Eyes Changes in Species Protection

The Interior Department is considering a broad revamping of how it protects animals and plants in danger of extinction, including changes that critics contend will reduce the number of species that will be saved. >> Read the Full Article

One in Ten at Risk from Rising Seas, Storms, Study Suggests

One in 10 people in the world, mostly in Asia, live in coastal areas at risk from rising seas and more powerful storms that may be caused by global warming, an international study showed on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Survey Raises Hope for India's Irrawaddy Dolphins

Hope is rising the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin can be saved in India after a survey showed more of the animals than before in a vast, brackish lagoon in the east of the country. >> Read the Full Article

Malaysia To Make Rainwater Collection Mandatory for Big Roofs

Malaysia plans to require many buildings throughout the country with large roofs to install gutters and tanks so that they can harvest rainwater, news reports said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Ten Years After Ban, U.S. Lawmakers Seek Final Solution to Hog Waste Lagoons

It has been a decade since North Carolina banned pork farmers from building new hog waste lagoons. In that time, environmentalists have tracked the ponds' damage to rivers and land, and neighbors have complained about their overpowering stench. >> Read the Full Article

San Francisco Lawmakers Vote To Ban Plastic Bags

San Francisco's city council voted Tuesday to become the first U.S. city to ban plastic bags from large supermarkets to help promote recycling. Under the legislation approved by the city's Board of Supervisors, large supermarkets and drugstores will not be allowed to offer plastic bags made from petroleum products starting in six months. >> Read the Full Article

Understanding and Evaluating Carbon Offset Programs

Carbon offsets are a way for anyone who drives a car, turns on a light or takes a plane to "offset" their carbon dioxide emissions by investing in a green project aimed at reducing the CO2 in the atmosphere. >> Read the Full Article

Mercury in Energy-Saving Bulbs Worries Scientists

There's an old joke about the number of people it takes to change a light bulb. But because the newer energy-efficient kinds contain tiny amounts of mercury, the hard part is getting rid of them when they burn out. >> Read the Full Article