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California Air Quality Rules Too Taxing, Critics Say

A set of air quality rules meant to cut pollution from new development is being challenged by local politicians and builders who say they would unfairly tax new homes and businesses. >> Read the Full Article

Officials Decline Automatic Re-Enrollment for Most in Conservation Program

Changes are in store for a conservation program that pays farmers to take fragile land out of production, the Bush administration said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

EarthNews Radio: Food Revolution

Do you want to foment change? Start with dinner. Jerry Kay talks to Andrew Cantrell of the Center for Food Safety. >> Read the Full Article

Ex-Interior Chief Calls For Land-Use Plan

A 25-story, privately owned steel tower peering over the Gettysburg Battlefield in 1997 struck then Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt as a glaring example of how private property rights can negatively impact public land. >> Read the Full Article

Warming Causes Record Arctic Ice Melt, U.S. Report Says

The Arctic ice shelf has melted for the fourth straight year to its smallest area in a century, driven by rising temperatures that appear linked to a buildup of greenhouse gases, U.S. scientists said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. House Panels Push Bills To Help Energy Industry

Spurred by higher gasoline prices from two hurricanes, a U.S. House panel was expected to approve Wednesday a hastily written Republican bill that would boost refining capacity and roll back some air pollution rules. >> Read the Full Article

Milwaukee-Based Company Unveils Lab for Hybrid Auto Batteries

With gas prices soaring, and sales of hybrid vehicles expected to double this year, Johnson Controls is moving to cash in on the battery assisted car boom with a new $4 million laboratory. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentalists, Boise Cascade Clash Over 'Old Growth'

Old growth logging opponents are once again protesting against Boise Cascade, only two years after the company reached a landmark pact over logging. >> Read the Full Article

Efforts to Promote Commuter Alternatives and Benefits Win EPA Awards

Yahoo!, Nortel, AstraZeneca, Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority and North Texas Clean Air Coalition are among the companies and organizations with leading professionals who recently won EPA awards for efforts to conserve fuel, reduce air pollution and ease traffic congestion across the country. >> Read the Full Article

Energy Star Requirements to Get Tougher

Builders of new homes in the United States will have to significantly increase the energy efficiency of their homes to meet new Energy Star requirements released yesterday. >> Read the Full Article