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Oil Costs Will Affect All

Oil prices topped $53 a barrel Thursday, an abstract figure that will trickle down to nearly everything consumers use — from fresh food to a warm home to gifts for the upcoming holidays. >> Read the Full Article

Japan Is More Confident on CITES Whale Vote

Japan is confident it can secure the votes needed to resume commercial trade in whale products and that this would be a step toward lifting a ban on hunting the marine giants, a Japanese official said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Hunters Defend Their Turf at CITES Meeting

The fur can really fly at big conservation meetings, where hunters rub shoulders with animal welfare activists who dismiss blood sports as cruel. >> Read the Full Article

Federal Agency Orders North Atlantic Fishing Grounds Partially Closed

Federal officials have closed the eastern half of Georges Bank after fishermen caught nearly 85 percent of the limit on yellowtail flounder. >> Read the Full Article

Activists Want Clean Water Act Enforced by Feds, Not Florida

Environmental groups said this week they have filed a lawsuit to try to force the federal Environmental Protection Agency to control water pollution in Florida instead of leaving the job up to state regulators. >> Read the Full Article

Each Extinction Causes Many Others and Other Stories

Far more species may be at risk for extinction than previously estimated. According to a new study in the journal Science, the disappearance of some species will undoubtedly lead to the demise of others that rely upon them for food, shelter, pollination, and other services. >> Read the Full Article

Ivory from Extinct Mammoths in Big Demand

Ivory from the tusks of extinct mammoths is being used as a legal substitute for the stuff provided by its living elephant kin, but poor quality and a finite supply means it will never replace it, experts say. >> Read the Full Article

Japan Sees Hurdles Remaining in U.S. Beef Talks

Japan, cautiously seeking ways to resume U.S. beef imports, sees hurdles remaining even if it abandons its demand that the United States test all cattle for mad cow disease, which Washington has rejected, before restarting trade. >> Read the Full Article

Citgo Reaches Clean Air Act Settlement Requiring $320 Million in Pollution Controls

Citgo Petroleum Corp. will install $320 million in pollution controls at six refineries and pay a $3.6 million fine to settle a federal lawsuit alleging Clean Air Act violations, the Bush administration announced Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Bald Eagles Rebound, Other Birds of Prey in Trouble

The bald eagle is out of the woods, but other birds of prey are in trouble. An icon of conservationists, the bald eagle was on the brink of extinction in America's lower 48 states four decades ago, when its numbers stood at just 417 nesting pairs. >> Read the Full Article