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Isle of Wight County, Va., Paper Mill Seeks Pollution Variances

The International Paper mill in Isle of Wight County says it needs the OK to pursue alternatives to state air pollution laws in order to invest millions in environmental improvements at the plant. >> Read the Full Article

Federal Judge Strikes Down Snowmobile Ban in Yellowstone and Teton National Parks

A federal judge recently struck down a Clinton-era ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks — a move expected to leave the parks open to the vehicles for at least the next three winters. >> Read the Full Article

Weather Hampers Oil Pumping Bid on Wrecked Ship in South Africa

Strong winds and choppy seas Tuesday were still hampering efforts to pump about 120 tons of oil from the sunken BBC China cargo ship, the maritime safety authority said. >> Read the Full Article

Fuel Economy of 2005 Vehicles

Here are the most and least fuel-efficient 2005 model cars, trucks, and sports utility vehicles, according to information submitted by manufacturers to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. >> Read the Full Article

Sydney Launches Multimillion Dollar Plan to Safeguard City's Water Supply

Authorities will pump hundreds of millions of dollars into projects to maintain Sydney's water supply over the next 10 years, the New South Wales state premier said this week. >> Read the Full Article

Chinese Vice Health Minister to Fight SARS in South

To prevent a winter return of the deadly SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus, a senior Chinese health official will visit southern Guangdong province this month to map out measures such as banning civet cat from menus, a newspaper said this week. >> Read the Full Article

Being 'Green' Can Mean More Green, as in Money for Seattle-Area Builders

Barry Bettinger enjoys his work as owner of Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream. He says reduced energy costs will help make up for the added expense of building his company's new 10,000-square-foot "green" facility. Construction began today. >> Read the Full Article

Disease Stages Revival in Rebel-Held Ivory Coast

A battered pick-up truck weighed down by a dozen passengers sitting on sacks of mangoes crawls though a checkpoint and enters Ivory Coast's rebel zone. >> Read the Full Article

E.U. to Issue Iran with Last Chance on Nuclear Plans

Senior diplomats from France, Britain, and Germany will meet top Iranian officials in Vienna on Thursday to offer Tehran a final chance to halt uranium enrichment plans or face possible U.N. sanctions. >> Read the Full Article

Bird Flu Kills 23 Thai Tigers

The bird flu epidemic, which has killed 31 people in southeast Asia this year, killed 23 tigers at a zoo in eastern Thailand, a senior government official said on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article