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California Smog Rules May Be Used Nationwide

The federal government may use California's strict pollution rules for lawnmowers and other small-engine machines as a national standard, a top Environmental Protection Agency official said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Baby Rhino Tracks in Malaysia Raise Hopes

Rangers sighted tracks of a baby Sumatran rhino in the heart of Borneo's jungles, raising hopes for the survival of a species pushed to the brink of extinction by poaching and habitat destruction, conservationists said. >> Read the Full Article

New Rule Protects Alaska's Coral Gardens

Alaska's rare coral gardens will be protected under a new federal rule setting large areas of the sea floor off-limits to bottom trawling. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Weekly: June 26th - 30th

ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news June 26th - 30th: Carbon offsetters, a Supreme environmental case, offshore drilling revisited, baby rhino tracks, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Is the Smart Car Smart? Americans Are Unconvinced

In a quick survey of Americans in New York's Times Square on Wednesday, as many people saw the tiny Smart car as ugly as found it cool and cute. And there were also concerns about safety and the lack of space -- for baggage or people. >> Read the Full Article

Japan to Fight Global Warming, Oil Prices by Replacing Gas Cars with Ethanol Ones by 2030

Japan plans to fight global warming and surging oil prices by requiring that all vehicles be able to run on an environment-friendly mix of ethanol and regular gasoline by 2030, an official said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Scores of Dead Birds Wash up Along California Beach

Rescuers with the International Bird Rescue Research Center in San Pedro collected the bodies of about 200 Caspian and elegant terns -- all of them babies -- after getting calls from lifeguards at a beach near Los Angeles. >> Read the Full Article

House Makes Another Try to End Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Ban

Hoping that states will be enticed by billions of dollars in potential oil and gas royalties, lawmakers say they have a good chance to end a drilling ban that was enacted a quarter-century ago on most of the country's offshore waters. >> Read the Full Article

GAO Says EPA Suffers from Chronic Management Problems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not enforce clean air and water laws consistently and is crippled by sloppy record keeping, the investigative arm of Congress told a Senate panel on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Group Launches Effort to Establish Wildlife Reserves in Afghanistan

A conservation group said Thursday it is launching an effort to establish wildlife reserves in war-torn Afghanistan, where conservationist efforts have largely been sidelined by the government's long-running battle with the Taliban. >> Read the Full Article