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Critics Question EPA's Tighter Ozone Limits

The Environmental Protection Agency offered tighter standards for ozone pollution for the first time since 1997 but critics said Thursday the proposal is more lax than what the EPA's own experts recommended. >> Read the Full Article

Darfur Conflict Worsening Environmental Damage

Decades of drought helped trigger Darfur's violence as rival groups fought over scarce water and arable land. Now, experts fear the war and its refugee crisis are making the environment even worse, leaving the land increasingly uninhabitable and intensifying tensions with no end to the drought in sight. >> Read the Full Article

Drifting Icebergs Are Hotspots of Life

Icebergs that break off Antarctica and drift away turn out to be hotspots of life in the cold southern ocean, researchers report. Climate warming has led to an increase in the number of icebergs breaking away from the Antarctic in recent years, and a team of researchers set out to study the impact the giant ice chunks were having on the environment. >> Read the Full Article

Clinton, Mining Industry Launch Anti-Poverty Effort

Former President Bill Clinton Thursday announced a plan to fight poverty in the developing world in partnership with the mining industry, which often is accused of exploiting the poor and the environment. >> Read the Full Article

Senate Passes Energy Bill Favoring Renewables, Better Auto Fuel Economy

Democrats celebrated a step toward reducing U.S. dependence on oil as the Senate approved a bill calling for more ethanol and the first boost in gas mileage in decades. >> Read the Full Article

Weeds, Corks and Copper Fuel Green Drinks Debate

According to the British-based Soil Association, the global market for organic food and drink totalled 16.7 billion pounds ($33.27 billion) in 2005, an increase of 1.2 billion pounds. After North America, Europe has the largest market for organic food and drink, with Germany, Italy and Britain taking top spots. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Weekly: June 18th - 22nd

ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news June 18th - 22nd: Fuel economy, urban coyotes, turtles vs tourists, Agent Orange, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Japan Whaling Town Carves First Catch of the Season, with School Kids in Attendance

With knives sharpened and school kids watching, one of Japan's coastal whaling towns butchered its first catch of the season Thursday -- and defended the practice against international criticism. >> Read the Full Article

Ontario Sets Plan for Home Refits, Solar Power

The Ontario government said Wednesday it will spend C$150 million ($142 million) to subsidize household energy retrofits and solar power installations. >> Read the Full Article

Malaysian Environmental Group Says Government Approved Plantations in Dam Catchment Area

An environmental group accused the Malaysian government on Thursday of approving three plantations in what it says was supposed to be a protected area on Borneo island. The companies denied their plantations fall in the area. >> Read the Full Article