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Economic Development Officials Battling Air-Pollution Designations

Robert Stec would like to help clean up the nation's dirty air, but at $1 million a plant to install air-pollution control technology, it would be cheaper for him to move his furniture manufacturing business overseas. >> Read the Full Article

Maryland Proposal Would Slap Annual $750 Registration Surcharge on Hummers, other Mammoth SUVs

Driving a super-sized sport utility vehicle on Maryland roads would cost $750 more a year under a measure being considered by state lawmakers. >> Read the Full Article

China Miners: Losing Jobs Biggest Worry

They work in one of the world's most hazardous industries, tunneling far beneath the earth's surface for coal to power China's booming economy. >> Read the Full Article

Oil Prices Soar as OPEC Cut Worries Linger

Oil prices surged more than a dollar Wednesday as worries over a possible OPEC output cut this spring countered a rise in crude and gasoline stocks in the United States. >> Read the Full Article

Japan Government Drafts Bill on Making Firms Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The government has drawn up a bill to revise the law to curb global warming by mandating that sizable factories and offices report the amounts of greenhouse gases emitted above certain limits, a copy of the draft showed Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Environmental Officials Defend Rules on Construction

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials said Monday concerns about businesses wielding improper influence in the agency are unfounded. >> Read the Full Article

Victoria, Texas, Considers Getting into Methane Gas Mining Business

The city of Victoria is looking into the possibility of mining methane gas from the landfill near Bloomington and selling it, which could net a profit for taxpayers and help protect the atmosphere. >> Read the Full Article

Pesticide Tax, Farmer Education Could Lessen Pollution from Runoff, Report Says

An environmental group has proposed a tax hike on pesticides that would fund classes for California farmers on how to reduce the amount of toxic runoff in the state's water supply. >> Read the Full Article

Kenya Seizes Smuggled Baby Chimps Crammed into Cage

Kenya made its biggest seizure of primates in the battle to stop trade in endangered wildlife with the discovery of six baby chimpanzees crammed into a crate at an airport, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Tired of Lions? Try a Frogging Safari

They are voracious predators that make scores of kills each night, many are brilliantly colored and few creatures can match them for raw agility and prowess. >> Read the Full Article