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Democrats Say White House again Cozy with Big Oil

Democrats said Wednesday that the resignation of a former official on the White House Council on Environmental Quality to join ExxonMobil was an example of coziness between the Bush administration and the oil industry, a charge denied by the White House. >> Read the Full Article

EarthNews Radio: Plastic Wrap Alternative

Do you wonder about the materials that are used to make the wrapper on the sandwich that you get at the deli? >> Read the Full Article

Mexican, U.S. Researchers Identify New Species and Family of Catfish in Mexico River

Mexican and U.S. researchers said they believe an ancient-looking, rarely seen fish in a Mexican river represents a new species of catfish and an entire new taxonomic family. >> Read the Full Article

Inuit to File Anti-U.S. Climate Petition

Inuit hunters threatened by a melting of the Arctic ice plan to file a petition accusing Washington of violating their human rights by fuelling global warming, an Inuit leader said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Office Depot and The Nature Conservancy Employ New Boreal Ecologist

Office Depot and The Nature Conservancy announced on Wednesday the creation of a new boreal ecologist position as part of Office Depot's continuing support of and participation in the Forest & Biodiversity Conservation Alliance. >> Read the Full Article

New Laws Make Antarctic Polluters Liable

The Antarctic's environment will be protected by new rules forcing polluters to clean up or pay up for any contamination after 45 nations reached agreement in Stockholm on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

G8 Draft Climate Text Watered Down

A new draft communique on climate change for next month's Group of Eight summit has removed plans to fund research and put into question top scientists' warnings that global warming is already under way. >> Read the Full Article

Senate Approves Ethanol Mandate for Gasoline as Part of Energy Bill

The Senate on Wednesday endorsed a broad expansion of the use of ethanol in gasoline, despite claims by opponents that it would force up gasoline prices outside the Farm Belt and reduce fuel economy. >> Read the Full Article

ENN Forum: Our Readers Speak

You can learn much by visiting ENN on a regular basis because we provide the latest news and views from all over the world, and from some of the most prominent environmental organizations on the planet. But there is much to learn from you -- our readers. >> Read the Full Article

The Growing Plastic Wasteberg

(By Robert Ovetz, PhD) While I admire Mike Johnston’s efforts to find a short-term ways to slow the accelerated growth of the plastic wasteberg that threatens our planet ("A Reader Responds to America's Other Trade Deficit," May 19th, 2005), his reply to my commentary “America’s Other Trade Deficit” unfortunately resorts to name-calling and false claims that I am “short on hard science” in an effort to perpetuate the same myths about plastics that have confused and misinformed an entire generation. >> Read the Full Article