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California Bans Foie Gras Force-Feeding Starting in 2012

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill this week banning the force-feeding of ducks and geese to make foie gras starting in 2012. >> Read the Full Article

Russian move on global warming treaty sets stage for enactment

The Russian Cabinet approved ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on Thursday, a decisive step that effectively sets the stage for worldwide enactment of the landmark global warming accord after years of diplomatic wrangling. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Rates Intel Tops for Clean Commutes

Christy Bermensolo leaves her SUV at home a couple of times a week in favor of a bike ride to her job with Intel Corp. in DuPont. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Chief at Odds with Inspectors Over Ozone Levels

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt likes to crow that "clean air is a national success story." >> Read the Full Article

Lack of Security, Not Lack of Food, Keeps Relief from Those Who Need It Most in Gonaives, Haiti

While desperately hungry flood victims wander the streets of Gonaives searching for help, tons of food aid is piling up in a warehouse guarded by U.N. peacekeepers. >> Read the Full Article

Sprawl Is Linked to Chronic Ailments, Says Study

Warning: Suburban sprawl may be hazardous to your health. A report released this week found that people who live in sprawling metropolitan areas are more likely to report chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, arthritis, headaches, and breathing difficulties than residents of more compact cities. >> Read the Full Article

West Virginia Wood-products Company Accused of Endangered Species Violations

A coalition of six conservation groups has filed a "notice of violations" letter charging Allegheny Wood Products with violating the terms of the Endangered Species Act by logging and road-building in threatened bat and snail habitat in its new Cheat Canyon holdings. >> Read the Full Article

Mount St. Helens Is on Higher Eruption Alert

Mount St. Helens could erupt within days, government scientists said this week, raising the alert after movement in the volcano's lava crust was detected following a week of small earthquakes. >> Read the Full Article

Wildlife Coalition Urges Protection of Marine Life Through Trade Restrictions

Wildlife conservation groups on Wednesday called for greater protection for marine species, particularly whales and fish threatened with extinction due to commercial trade. >> Read the Full Article

Australia's Labor Leads, but Greens' Influence Grows

Minor Australian parties like the increasingly popular Greens shaped up as major players in an Oct. 9 election as an opinion poll this week showed opposition Labor had edged ahead of the conservative government. >> Read the Full Article