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Brazil Creates Three New Protected Areas in Amazon Rainforest

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva decreed three new protected areas in the Amazon basin Wednesday, placing 1.84 million hectares (4.55 million acres) of rainforest off-limits for development. >> Read the Full Article

Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Cape Cod Wind Farm

Key lawmakers have agreed to drop the idea of giving Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney veto power over a proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm, adopting a compromise that could boost the project's prospects. >> Read the Full Article

Stephen Hawking Warns About Global Warming

Stephen Hawking expressed concern about global warming Wednesday, saying he was afraid that Earth "might end up like Venus, at 250 degrees centigrade and raining sulfuric acid." >> Read the Full Article

Offshore Drilling Bill Advances in House

Legislation that would end a quarter-century ban on drilling in most of the Outer Continental Shelf advanced in the House on Wednesday. The measure would allow oil and gas development in restricted offshore waters unless a state prohibited it. >> Read the Full Article

Hydraulic Hybrid Trucks Promise Fuel Savings, Cleaner Air

The U.S. government released a model delivery truck, replete with a new hybrid hydraulic system built for the Environmental Protection Agency that will be tested on the streets of Detroit in August. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Administration Agrees to Protect Roadless Forests in Three States from Logging

The Bush administration Wednesday approved requests from three Eastern governors to bar commercial logging in remote sections of national forests in their states. >> Read the Full Article

Catches of Ancient Fish off Africa Worry Greens

Fishermen are netting a growing number of "fossil fish", a 400 million-year-old species, off Tanzania, suggesting trawling at greater depths as inshore fish stocks decline, a leading expert said. >> Read the Full Article

Condors Seen at Risk for Lead Poisoning

Wildlife officials laid traps for California condors to test for lead poisoning after many were spotted feeding on squirrels that had been shot. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Says It Won't Cut Deals with Japan over Whaling

The United States said Tuesday it would not be cutting any deals with Japan over Alaska's bowhead whale hunting quota as it prepares to host an international whaling group next year. >> Read the Full Article

E.U., U.S. Agree to 'Urgent' Action on Climate Change

The United States and the European Union, long at odds over the significance of climate change, will agree on Wednesday to act with "resolve and urgency" to reduce emissions of gases blamed for global warming. >> Read the Full Article