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Environmentalists Sue Over Sierra Nevada Logging Plan

Environmental groups sued the U.S. Forest Service this week, claiming a six-year-old federal law aimed at preventing wildfires has degenerated into a backdoor effort to eventually increase logging across 340,000 acres of Sierra Nevada national forests. >> Read the Full Article

Russian Cabinet Approves Kyoto Protocol, Will Send it to Parliament for Ratification

Russia's Cabinet approved the Kyoto Protocol on global warming Thursday, clearing the way for parliamentary ratificaion of the document, the Interfax news agency reported. >> Read the Full Article

Italy's Stromboli Offers Thrills of Living With Volcano

Perching on the slopes of Stromboli, Pasquale Giuffre eats, sleeps, and breathes in the shadow of the volcano which is constantly spitting red fountains of lava and clouds of smoke. >> Read the Full Article

Export of Genetically Alterned Corn to Mexico Stirs Controversy, Concern

Even before its release, a report addressing the potential impact of genetically altered U.S. corn exports to Mexico has stirred up a dustdevil of controversy, including fears that the Bush administration is trying to bury it. >> Read the Full Article

Largest Supplier of Construction Materials to Pay Record $373,000 Fine

The world's largest supplier of construction materials paid a record fine this week to settle claims it illegally mined sand out of San Francisco Bay. >> Read the Full Article

Bush, Kerry energy policies vary by matter of degree

As oil prices soar, so does the importance of energy as an issue in the presidential campaign. >> Read the Full Article

Elephant DNA Could Help Stem Ivory Trade

Analyzing the DNA of elephants may help trace the origins of ivory being sold illegally, information researchers hope will help foil such trade. >> Read the Full Article

WWF Calls for Ban in Trade of Great White Sharks

A leading environmental group called Friday for protection for the great white shark and humphead wrasse coral fish, whose numbers have plunged because of overfishing and China's growing appetite for exotic foods. >> Read the Full Article

Groups Fight U.S. Plan to Kill Prairie Dogs

Eight conservation groups are fighting the U.S. government over a plan to poison thousands of prairie dogs in the grasslands of South Dakota, saying wildlife should not take a backseat to ranching interests. >> Read the Full Article

Spotted Owl Seen Declining In Northwest

Fourteen years after coming under federal protection, the northern spotted owl continues on the decline in the Pacific Northwest, a study shows. >> Read the Full Article