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Gray Wolves To Lose Endangered Status; Critics Call Decision Short-Sighted
Gray wolves will be fair game for hunters in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains after federal officials announced Thursday that they would be taken off the endangered species list. The decision, which is expected to face lengthy litigation, comes after a 20-year effort to reestablish gray wolf...
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Federal Rule to Allow More Hunting of Gray Wolves
State game agencies and private citizens would be allowed to kill federally protected gray wolves that threatened dogs or seriously decreased deer, elk or moose populations in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains, under a federal rule announced Thursday. The regulation comes a month ahead of the...
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Alaskan Sea Drilling Plans Condemned
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The federal government will open up nearly 46,000 square miles off Alaska's northwest coast to petroleum leases next month, a decision condemned by enviromental groups that contend the industrial activity will harm northern marine mammals. The Minerals Management Agency...
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Conservation Group Sues Interior Dept.
Seeks documents on endangered species decisions
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Probes Find Interference, Bias by Former Interior official
WASHINGTON - Julie A. MacDonald entered the Bush administration ready for war. She left it badly wounded, a case study in how political influence can backfire. A civil engineer from California's Sacramento Valley, MacDonald served five tumultuous years as a top Interior Department official handling...
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Truck, SUV Mileage Standards Thrown Out by US Appeals Court
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a federal transportation agency on Thursday to rewrite its fuel economy standards for many SUVs, minivans and light trucks, arguing that the new rules are inadequate in part because they fail to properly assess the risk of global warming. The decision...
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Record Sea Ice Melt This Summer Larger Than Texas and Alaska
Shattering previous records, the sea ice in the Arctic shrank 1 million square miles more this summer than the average melt over 25 years, an area larger than Alaska and Texas combined, according to NASA satellite data released Thursday. Scientists at the federally financed National Snow and Ice...
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Bush Must Release Global Warming Reports
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge ordered the Bush administration to issue two scientific reports on global warming, siding with environmentalists who sued the White House for failing to produce the documents. U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong ruled Tuesday that the Bush administration had...
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Critics Say Species List is Endangered
The bald eagle may be soaring back from near-extinction, but hundreds of other imperiled species are foundering, as the federal agency charged with protecting them has sunk into legal, bureaucratic and political turmoil. In the last six years, the Bush administration has added fewer species to the...
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Owl's 'Critical Habitat' May Be Reduced
For the first time since coming under federal protection 15 years ago, the northern spotted owls' forest haven may be in jeopardy. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to decrease the owls' "critical habitat" by 1.5 million acres, or 22%. The birds were listed as threatened under the...
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