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World Forest Losses Slowing but Still Alarming, UN Says

Some 13 million hectares of forests are destroyed around the world each year, an area the size of Greece, although the net loss of trees has finally slowed thanks mainly to new plantations, the United Nations said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Climate Change Could Spread Plague, Scientists Believe

Warmer, wetter weather brought on by global warming could increase outbreaks of the plague, which has killed millions down the ages and wiped out one third of Europe's population in the 14th century, academics said. >> Read the Full Article

Oyster Harvesting Returns to Southeast Louisiana

Oystermen have returned to the bays of southeast Louisiana. The hurricane-decimated industry celebrated a victory Friday when two boats arrived at the Old Hopedale Seafood Plant and unloaded hundreds of sacks of oysters. >> Read the Full Article

EU Governments Delay Vote on Chemicals Legislation

European Union governments will delay a vote on a contentious new plan to overhaul the bloc's chemicals policy, officials said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentalism Goes Upscale; Designers Create Earth-Friendly Items for Homes

Green can be gorgeous. Environmentalism in the home is hip these days, but it's a far cry from any neo-hippie notion of weaving your own linen upholstery fabric from flax you've raised organically. >> Read the Full Article

France Spending $260 Million To Preserve an Ancient Abbey's Quirk of Nature

While much of the world worries about how to stop sea levels from rising, engineers in this corner of France want to spend $260 million to do just the opposite: raise the tides back up to save a national treasure. >> Read the Full Article

Galapagos Volcano Fire Threatens Endemic Tree Species

A fire sparked by last month's volcanic eruption on the largest of the famed Galapagos Islands is threatening an endemic tree species, officials said Saturday. >> Read the Full Article

Feds to Take Bears Off Endangered List

Grizzly bears in areas surrounding Yellowstone National Park would be removed from the endangered species list under a proposal to be announced next week, officials said last week. >> Read the Full Article

German Police Investigating Threat To Poison Lake Constance

Police in southern Germany found two suspect containers in Lake Constance and were investigating a threat to poison the waters, authorities said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Former French Environmental Official Warns Dominica about Overdevelopment

`Caribbean leaders must protect their environment or face the hefty cost of cleanup paid by developed countries, said the former French environmental minister. >> Read the Full Article