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Debate Swirls as Wind Power Grows Rapidly
January 9, 2006 12:00 AM - John Christoffersen, Associated Press

Giant windmills -- on scenic mountain ridges, prairie grass and even an Indian reservation -- are spinning an unusual debate that is dividing leading environmentalists.

Stockholm Residents Choke on New Congestion Charge
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Niklas Pollard, Reuters

On an overcast winter morning, traffic heading into Stockholm on the main route from the north is heavy, but it is moving -- unlike the rush-hour gridlock typical in some metropolitan centers.

U.S. Tsunami Alert System Streamlined
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

When word of a big earthquake comes in the middle of the night, geophysicist Bruce Turner takes five minutes to fumble for his beeper, throw on a coat, scrape the ice off his windshield, drive a mile to work and transmit a tsunami alert.

Tourists Flock to Chinese City Festival, Assured that River No Longer Contaminated
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Audra Ang, Associated Press

For Harbin resident Zhao Lichun, enjoying the city's giant sculptures made from ice from the Songhua River is an annual tradition -- even six weeks after a toxic spill polluted the river.

Boaters Damaging Seagrass in Florida
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Jennifer Kay, Associated Press

Negligent and inexperienced boaters are damaging fragile seagrass in the shallow Florida Bay, destroying habitat crucial to the state's fishing industry, a conservation advocacy group said Thursday.

Conservationists Sue Over Nevada Butterfly
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Conservationists filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday, seeking federal protections for a rare Nevada butterfly against off-road vehicles at one of the largest sand dunes in the West.

India Begins Count of Threatened Tigers
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters

Armed with radio collars and high-tech cameras, hundreds of wildlife experts fanned out across a vast mangrove in India's east on Thursday as part of the world's largest census of the endangered tiger.

Humans Display Their Stupid Side to Wildlife
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A South African mugger fleeing the scene of his crime hid in a tiger enclosure, and paid a high price for his stupidity, underscoring one of nature's truisms: Humans do dumb things around wild animals.

Florida Manatee Deaths Jump 30 Percent in 2005
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press

Sweet Gum was fatally injured by a racing boater. Her calf, Rachel, was also killed by a boat near Lake Monroe, and so was her granddaughter, Ruby.

China Orders End to Limits on Small Car Sales in Anti-Pollution Effort
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China's government has ordered an end to restrictions on sales of smaller cars in an effort to clean up worsening smog and rein in surging oil use, state media said Thursday.

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