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Democrats Ask for Investigation of Reported Changes to Salmon Study

House Democrats recently called for an investigation into a report that federal biologists rewrote an analysis that said a water transfer plan could hurt endangered salmon in northern California. >> Read the Full Article

Namibia Loses Ivory Export Bid at CITES Meeting

Namibia lost a bid on Monday for permission to export 2,000 kg (4,400 pounds) of ivory annually at a United Nations meeting, a development welcomed by arch ivory rival Kenya, which sees trade as a threat to its elephants. >> Read the Full Article

Greenhouse Gas Jump Spurs Global Warming Fears

An unexplained jump in greenhouse gases since 2002 might herald a catastrophic acceleration of global warming if it becomes a trend, scientists said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Southeast Asia Takes Aim at Illegal Wildlife Trade

Southeast Asia announced its first coordinated effort against the multibillion dollar illegal wildlife trade on Monday, drawing praise from conservationists, despite giving no timetable for the plan. >> Read the Full Article

Kenya's Maathai Awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Environmental and Social Work

When Wangari Maathai got word she had won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recently, she was campaigning to protect Kenya's forests and distributing food to villagers suffering from drought — the same work she's been doing for decades. >> Read the Full Article

Conservation Meeting Agrees to Upgrade Protection for Endangered Southeast Asian Wood

An international conservation conference recently approved measures to reduce trade and increase protection of an increasingly rare Asian tropical wood, an official said. >> Read the Full Article

Congress Allows Nuclear Sludge to Remain in Idaho and South Carolina Waste Tanks

Lawmakers agreed recently to allow tons of radioactive sludge from Cold War bomb-making to be left in underground tanks at federal facilities in South Carolina and Idaho instead of being shipped to a central repository. >> Read the Full Article

Shell, EPA Work on Deal to Keep Bakersfield, Calif., Refinery Open

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to reach an agreement with Shell Oil Co. this month that would keep the company's Bakersfield refinery operating into next year, according to a report from Reuters. >> Read the Full Article

Plan to Boost Vermont Nuclear Plant Output Prompts Concern

Amid the protests that have erupted over nuclear power plants in New England, the Vermont Yankee plant here has long operated as an oasis of calm. Perched on the Connecticut River about 10 miles from the Massachusetts border, the 32-year-old reactor provides a third of Vermont's electricity. >> Read the Full Article

Midwest Biodiesel Advocates Hail Credits for Farmer-driven Fuels

The passage of federal legislation originally meant to deal with a trade dispute led to a package of incentives for farmer-driven fuels. >> Read the Full Article