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Boosting Wind-Energy Standards to Mean 'Significant New Benefits,' Group Says

The time is ripe for members of the Texas Legislature to approve a bill increasing renewable energy production standards, Public Citizen of Texas say. >> Read the Full Article

The Week in Review in Business and Industry, February 14-18

The world reacted to the beginning of the Kyoto era this week. >> Read the Full Article

Farmland Advocate Promotes Agricultural Easements

A local farmland advocate wants to gauge the community's interest in preserving farmland through voluntary agricultural easements. >> Read the Full Article

Tenth Shipment of Reprocessed Japanese Nuclear Waste Heading Home

Reprocessed nuclear waste headed for Japan was loaded aboard a ship Thursday for the nearly two-month journey home, France's state-run reprocessing plant said. >> Read the Full Article

California Elks Will Be Sent to Roam Free

Dozens of tule elk will be sent to areas where they can roam freely, from the northern Coast Ranges to the southern Sierra Nevada, in an attempt to restore a native California species that has rebounded from the brink of extinction. >> Read the Full Article

Umbra on What Global Warming Will Mean for Average Folks

A recent environmental-science grad's girlfriend asks him what global warming has got to do with her. He learned good stuff in his classes -- really, he did! -- but he struggles to come up with a straightforward, bite-sized answer. Umbra comes to the rescue with web linkage galore and a lesson in global inequality -- in Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentalists Sue Bush Administration over New Forest Rules

Environmentalists sued the Bush administration on Thursday over new rules for managing the 192 million acres of national forests. >> Read the Full Article

Britain Criticizes US Climate Change Record

In another jab at its closest ally, Britain criticized U.S. environmental policy again on Thursday, urging the Bush administration to place climate change high on its agenda. >> Read the Full Article

Group Seeks Protection for Polar Bears

A conservation group filed a formal petition Wednesday seeking to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act, saying global warming could make it extinct by the end of the century. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Agrees to Consider Requiring Pollution Cuts in 13 Eastern States

The government agreed Thursday to decide by this summer whether it should force coal-fired power plants in 13 Eastern states to reduce unhealthy air pollution that also is blamed for obscuring views of the Smoky Mountains. >> Read the Full Article