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Canker Program Has Citrus Nurseries Near 'Collapse'
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Salisbury, Palm Beach Post

A Florida citrus industry already punished by disease and natural disaster could be facing another big problem in a few years: no young trees to replace the ones that have been lost.

Chevron, Conoco To Buy Land as Part of Pollution Settlement
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Yung Kim, The Record

Two energy companies with gas stations and oil processing facilities throughout New Jersey announced a settlement Monday with state officials to buy nearly 450 acres of land for preservation.

Garbage Collection Collapses in Zimbabwe Capital
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Angus Shaw, Associated Press

The smell of sewage and rotting garbage wafts into homes. Acrid smoke hangs in the air where families have tried to burn household waste. Dysentery, food poisoning and diarrhea break out.

Russia's Native People on Amur River Worry about Livelihood in Wake of Chinese Spill
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Burt Herman, Associated Press

Yevgenia Osadchaya is beside herself with worry, wondering how her family will survive when the toxic slick flowing from China pollutes the Amur River that provides the livelihood for her family and her native Nanai people.

Groups Urge Soil Cleanup in New Orleans
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

The city's parks and yards will be contaminated with dangerous chemicals and heavy metals for years unless the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency orders a widespread cleanup of areas flooded by Hurricane Katrina, environmentalists said Thursday.

Inuits Transformed by Global Warming
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Phil Couvrette, Associated Press

While Canada's isolated northern aboriginals are not sitting at the same table as the 180 nations attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference, they have a front-row seat to the chilling effects of global warming.

Wasps Could Replace Bomb, Drug Dogs
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Elliott Minor, Associated Press

rained wasps could someday replace dogs for sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies. No kidding. Scientists say a species of non-stinging wasps can be trained in only five minutes and are just as sensitive to odors as man's best friend, which can require up to six months of training at a cost of about $15,000 per dog.

Thousands March in Montreal To Urge Climate Action
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle and David Fogarty, Reuters

Thousands of environmentalists, some banging drums or dressed as polar bears, marched in Montreal Saturday to urge the United States and other nations at a U.N. climate conference to do more to curb global warming.

Feds Scale Back Conservation Plans for Upper Mississippi Refuge
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Todd Richmond, Associated Press

Federal officials scaled back conservation plans for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, abandoning proposals to ban alcohol among campers and limit the number of shells hunters could carry.

Gorbachev Urges More Action on Environmental Problems
December 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Maria Danilova, Associated Press

Nobel Peace laureate Mikhail Gorbachev on Saturday urged governments and individuals to do more to tackle major environmental problems like global warming, which he blamed for this summer's deadly floods in Europe.

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