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Swiss Campaigner for Rain Forests Declared Dead, Fund Says

Missing rain forest crusader Bruno Manser was declared dead by a Swiss court Thursday, five years after he vanished in the Borneo jungle of Malaysia on his way to the Penan people he sought to protect, his organization said. >> Read the Full Article

Indonesian Government Sues Newmont Mining over Pollution of Bay off Sulawesi Island

Indonesian authorities said Thursday they have sued a subsidiary of Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp., seeking $133.6 million in compensation from the company for allegedly polluting a bay off Sulawesi island. >> Read the Full Article

Flight Attendant Caught Trying to Smuggle Endangered Fish into Australia in His Baggage

Customs officers thought there was something fishy about the baggage of a flight attendant arriving in Australia from Vietnam. They were right. >> Read the Full Article

Sources Say Mexico, US Reach Agreement on Water Debt

Mexico will transfer thousands of acres (hectares) of water to the United States to end a long-standing feud that led U.S. farmers to sue the country for failing to comply with a decade-old water treaty, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Australia Announces Plan to Name -- and Shame -- Polluting Businesses

Australia will name -- and shame -- major polluters in an attempt to cut the nation's greenhouse gas output, despite Canberra's refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, a senior government official said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Fishermen, Lawmakers Prepare for Possible Introduction of Modified Salmon

A Massachusetts company expects to get the federal government's OK to sell genetically enhanced salmon within a year, a prospect that scares some Alaskan fishermen. >> Read the Full Article

Cambodia Seeks to Tighten Regulations on Pesticide Use

Cambodia must tighten its policy regarding pesticide use in farming, which poses serious risks not just for public health and the environment but also for trade with other countries, officials said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Canada Calls US Oil Drilling Plan 'Big Mistake'

Canada said Thursday that a U.S. plan to drill for oil in an Alaskan wildlife refuge was "a big mistake" and vowed to keep pressuring Washington to scrap the idea. >> Read the Full Article

High Levels of Mercury Found in Vt. Birds

Scientists have found high levels of mercury in songbirds on Vermont mountaintops. Researchers at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science announced this week that mercury was found in the blood and feathers of the rarely seen Bicknell's thrush on Mount Mansfield and Stratton Mountain. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Orders Smog, Soot Reductions to Benefit People Downwind from Power Plants

The Bush administration on Thursday ordered reductions in smog and soot pollution across 28 states in the East, South and Midwest with the goal of making the air cleaner to breathe for people downwind of coal-burning power plants. >> Read the Full Article