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Moderate Republicans Balk at Refuge Drilling

A House Republican push to pass federal budget cuts is being stymied by opposition from moderate Republicans to a provision that would allow oil and natural gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. >> Read the Full Article

Consultant Withdraws Petition To List Eastern Oysters as Endangered

The federal government is no longer considering whether it should declare Eastern oysters endangered, which would have affected people who make their living off the shellfish, but it still plans to finish a study on the species' health. >> Read the Full Article

U.N., Donors Pledge Greater Cooperation To Restore Iraq's Marshlands

The United Nations and donor countries agreed to boost efforts to recover Iraq's fabled marshlands from devastation, a spokesman for the U.N. Environment Program said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Oil Company Executives Defend Profits in Appearance before Congress

The chiefs of five major oil companies defended the industry's huge profits Wednesday at a Senate hearing where they were exhorted to explain prices and assure customers they're not being gouged. >> Read the Full Article

Genetic Change Makes Mice Thinner

In a discovery with implications for fighting obesity in humans, Canadian scientists have discovered a molecular switch in specially bred laboratory mice that makes the animals skinnier than their normal brethren. >> Read the Full Article

Water Vapor May Be Biggest Contributor to Higher Global Temperatures, Researcher Says

An unexpected greenhouse gas -- water vapor -- may be the biggest factor contributing to higher global air temperatures, a Swiss researcher said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

New York State To Cut Greenhouse Gases from Cars

Cars sold or registered in New York state must cut carbon dioxide emissions beginning in 2009, state officials said Wednesday, in Republican Gov. George Pataki's latest break with the Bush Administration over steps to cut greenhouse gases. >> Read the Full Article

Science Panel Says Corps of Engineers, Louisiana Lack Overall Plan for Restoring Wetlands

The Army Corps of Engineers and state of Louisiana lack an overall plan for restoring coastal wetlands, a National Academy of Sciences panel said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Threats Alleged in Ecuador Environmental Lawsuit against Chevron

Threats have been made against the Ecuadorean leaders of an environmental lawsuit against Chevron Corp., and an international human rights commission should step in to help, says a petition filed Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

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