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Oil Companies Get OK To Annoy Bears
WASHINGTON - Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giving oil companies permission to annoy and potentially harm them in the pursuit of oil and natural gas. The Fish and Wildlife Service issued regulations last week...
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Business Gets Condor Experts' Silence in Land Deal
LOS ANGELES - Biologist Noel Snyder got an intriguing call from a development-company representative a day after it announced it was moving forward with plans to build nearly 3,500 luxury homes, condos and hotels on land used by the endangered California condor. Would he like to make $3,000 for...
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Critics: Polar Bear Plan Must Fight Global Warming
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Conservation groups returned to court to challenge Bush administration efforts to help save the polar bear, saying federal officials' refusal to include steps against global warming violates the Endangered Species Act. In court documents filed late Friday, the Center for...
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US Lists Polar Bear as Threatened But Balks at New Protection
The Bush administration reluctantly declared the polar bear a threatened species yesterday, concluding that the loss of Arctic sea ice has put the future of the iconic species in peril. But the administration also took steps to ensure the decision will not require new efforts to tackle global...
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White House vs White Bear: Judge Says Bush Must Decide Whether To Save The Polar Bear As The Ice Melts
It's a classic stand-off between one of the world's best loved animals and one of its most unpopular leaders, between the planet's largest bear and its most powerful man. And it comes to a head this week. On Thursday, by order of a federal judge, George W Bush must stop stalling on whether to...
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Slow, Steady - and Under Siege
BARSTOW - As the sun rose over the Mojave Desert, researcher Kristina Drake approached with caution as a creature with weary eyes, a scuffed carapace and skin as rough as rhino hide peered at her from the edge of a dirt road just east of here. Wearing rubber gloves, Drake picked up the old female...
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Uranium Claims Spring Up Along Grand Canyon Rim
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZ. - Thanks to renewed interest in nuclear power, the United States is on the verge of a uranium mining boom, and nowhere is the hurry to stake claims more pronounced than in the districts flanking the Grand Canyon's storied sandstone cliffs. On public lands within...
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On a Freefall Toward Extinction
Bats have been dying by the thousands recently in the Northeastern United States. No one knows why, and it may be months, perhaps years, before the cause is determined. Meanwhile, scientists predict that this summer there will be a population explosion of insects, which bats normally eat in large...
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Drilling Proposed For Whale Habitat
The Bush administration has proposed allowing oil and gas drilling in an area of the Bering Sea considered important for the recovery of the world's most endangered whale. The proposal opening up 5.6 million acres off the Alaska coast to energy development was published Tuesday in the Federal...
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New Heat on Bush Environment Chief
SAN FRANCISCO - Amid new calls for the resignation of George W. Bush's top environment official, 12 states and 11 non-profit groups went to court this week accusing the Bush administration of refusing to comply with an environmental order handed down a year ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. "It has...
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