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July 17th - 21st

ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news July 17th - 21st: Biotech clothes, biodiversity conservation, a solar ferry, Arctic oil reserves, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Birdwatching Tourism Ready for Take-Off in Eritrea

Eritrea's diversity of forest, desert, mountain, and beach -- lying between 1,396 miles of Red Sea coastline and mountains thousands of feet high -- provide a rich variety for birdlife, experts say. >> Read the Full Article

Alaska Regulators Push Tighter Rules after BP Leaks

Alaska regulators Wednesday defended their oversight of BP Plc, but advocated tighter rules after leaks forced the British oil giant to shut down 12 oil wells this week. >> Read the Full Article

Hungary PM Declines Greenpeace Offer of Land

Hungary's prime minister has declined an offer by an environmental group of one square metre (10 sq ft) of land in neighbouring Romania to entice him into joining protests against an open-cast gold mine in the area. >> Read the Full Article

Britain May OK Pollution 'Points' Trades

Britain may require individuals to limit the carbon dioxide they produce to combat global warming -- and permit energy-savers to profit by selling their carbon allowances, the environment secretary said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Want Global Body to Conserve Biodiversity

Scientists warned on Wednesday that the world is on the brink of a major biodiversity crisis and called for the creation of an international body to advise governments on how to protect the planet's ecosystems. >> Read the Full Article

To Move Trash Out, New York City Dumps Trucks for Barges

After years of squabbling over how to move mountains of trash out of New York, the city has dumped its system of trucks and approved a plan to ship it away on barges. >> Read the Full Article

Camera Now Tracks Alaska Brown Bears

Only a lucky few are allowed each summer to get up close and personal with the McNeil River bears, but now they have a much bigger audience thanks to a remote camera trained on their every move. >> Read the Full Article

China Vegetables to Get Olympic Identity Codes

In an attempt to ensure food safety during the 2008 Olympics, Beijing is to give every cabbage, carrot and pea pod its own identity number and file, the Beijing News reported on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Hired Guns Aim to Confuse

Al Gore once told me that to get politicians to listen, you have to engage the people first. The former vice president is attempting to do just that this summer with his critically acclaimed global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." But he's up against some pretty powerful opponents. >> Read the Full Article