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State Logging Plan Draws Objections from Conservation Groups

A Maine Department of Conservation plan to raise money by logging state park properties came under fire during a legislative hearing Monday morning. >> Read the Full Article

Early Settlers Made Australian Desert, Study Finds

Settlers who came to Australia 50,000 years ago and set fires that burned off natural flora and fauna may have triggered a cataclysmic weather change that turned the country's interior into the dry desert it is today, U.S. and Australian researchers said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Alaskan Urges Gas Research Funding

Sharp increases in natural gas prices and concern over long-term supply brought dozens of suggested solutions to a special work session of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Pataki, Schwarzenegger Urge Congress Not To Weaken States' Environmental Powers

New York Gov. George Pataki and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are pressing Congress to protect key parts of the Clean Air Act as lawmakers and the Bush administration seek to change the law. >> Read the Full Article

Study Encourages Everglades Land Purchases

The state and federal governments should buy more land, and do so quickly, in order to restore the Everglades before the property becomes developed or too expensive in coming years, according to a new report. >> Read the Full Article

Senator Weighs in on Ford Cleanup

Homeowners living on the former Ford Motor Co. industrial dump and federal officials are stalemated over how far investigators should go in determining if dangerous waste is buried under homes and yards. >> Read the Full Article

Human Rights Watch Targets Meat, Poultry Producers in New Report

In a blistering report on conditions facing workers in the nation's meat and poultry industries, a human-rights-advocacy group Tuesday said that companies systematically abuse workers' rights as the government fails to uphold them. >> Read the Full Article

Chlorine Factories Cited as Big Source of Mercury Pollution; Industry Says it's Making Changes

Nine chlorine plants in the South and East pour at least eight tons of mercury into the environment each year _ a situation that demands federal action to force companies to convert to cleaner technology, activists said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Gold Mine Exploration Begins on Western Shoshone Lands

Western Shoshone predicted that once the Bureau of Land Management seized and removed the horses of Carrie and Mary Dann, that new gold mining explorations would begin, poisoning their waterways and destroying their sacred sites. >> Read the Full Article

Two Thousand Evacuated, Federal Officials to Sue, After Gas Leak from State Oil Company on Mexico's Gulf Coast; Accident is Company's Fourth in Five Weeks

An unknown amount of liquid gas leaked from a pipeline operated by Mexico's state oil company and spread to at least two rivers in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, prompting the evacuation of 2,000 people, officials said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article