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Harvard Dentistry Professor Cleared of Research Misconduct
August 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Melissa Trujillo, Associated Press

A Harvard review has found that a dentistry professor did not commit research misconduct while looking into potential links between fluoride in drinking water and a rare form of bone cancer.

Australia Formed by Three-Continent Collision
August 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The island continent of Australia was once three continents which collided 1.64 billion years ago, a new study has found, prompting speculation of new mineral deposits in the outback.

Stench of Fuel Hangs over Philippine Marine Park
August 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Dolly Aglay, Reuters

As disaster workers and residents of nearby villages tried again on Thursday to contain last week's oil spill from a sunken tanker off the island of Guimaras, worries were growing about the impact on fish, plants, people and tourism in the area.

The Good Life in Valdez, Alaska, is Directly Related to the Oil Industry
August 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Valdez is a company town where people living off big oil have lovely cedar-sided homes with lush lawns and new four-wheelers parked in driveways next to RVs the size of city buses.

Heat, Drought Strain China's Power, Water Resources
August 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Broiling temperatures and a severe drought have left millions of people short of water and strained power supplies in eastern and southern China, leading to at least two deaths and a blackout in one city, news reports said Thursday.

Thousands of Katrina Evacuees Seen as Climate Refugees
August 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Some 250,000 evacuees from last year's Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast may never return permanently and should be considered "climate refugees," whose ranks around the world could grow until global warming is mitigated, an environmental expert said.

Engineered Grass Found Growing in Wild
August 17, 2006 12:00 AM - William McCall, Associated Press

Grass that was genetically engineered for golf courses is growing in the wild, posing one of the first threats of agricultural biotechnology escaping from the farm in the United States, a new study says.

Firefighters Back Off Ontario Industrial Blaze
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A large fire at a recycling plant in southwestern Ontario Tuesday raised pollution concerns and caused some 400 people to evacuate, while an industrial fire north of Montreal forced about 1,500 residents and workers to leave that area.

Global Warming Affects Hurricane Intensity, U.S. Study Shows
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

Global warming is affecting the intensity of Atlantic hurricanes, according to a new study by a university professor in Florida who says his research provides the first direct link between climate change and storm strength.

Congressional Hearing to Look at BP Stewardship of Alaska Oil Field
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will look at BP's corrosion control practices for its oil-transit lines at Alaska's Prudhoe Bay, such as those involved in two spills this year before the partial shutdown last week of the sprawling oil field near the edge of the Arctic Ocean.

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