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Portuguese Government Announces Measures To Prevent Wildfires
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Barry Hatton, Associated Press

The government is establishing a rapid-reaction brigade of firefighters and purchasing a fleet of water-dropping aircraft in an effort to curb the damage caused each year by wildfires, a top official said Tuesday.

Year after Missouri Community's Lake Went Down the Drain, It's Disappearing Again
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Did someone pull the plug again? Little more than a year after it practically disappeared overnight, Lake Chesterfield is dwindling again. The 23-acre artificial lake in this affluent St. Louis suburb drained last year like a bathtub after the plug was pulled. A geologist determined that water had eroded layers of limestone, creating gaps in the bedrock.

Turkish Court Rejects Greenpeace Appeal, Forbids 21 Activists from Leaving Country
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Turkish court affirmed Tuesday that 21 Greenpeace activists detained last month while protesting would be prohibited from leaving the country pending further investigation into their case.

Estimates Put Wolf Numbers Up in Rockies
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

The number of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies has increased to more than 900 since last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated Tuesday. According to the agency's mid-year estimate, 912 wolves now roam the three-state region, compared to 835 in December, said Ed Bangs, Fish and Wildlife's wolf recovery coordinator in Helena, Mont.

Don't Rush Tsunami Rebuilding, U.N. Envoy Cautions
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Simon Gardner, Reuters

Tens of thousands of Sri Lankan tsunami survivors are still living in basic shelters and shacks over eight months on and frustration is mounting, but rebuilding communities takes time and must not be rushed, a senior UN envoy said on Tuesday.

E.U. Parliament Backs Strict Waste Management Rules for European Mines and Quarries
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Parliament on Tuesday backed new rules meant to curb pollution from mines and quarries, and to prevent waste from those sites from seeping into nearby rivers, lakes or water reservoirs.

Water Crisis Looms as Himalayan Glaciers Melt
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Sugita Katyal, Reuters

Imagine a world without drinking water. It's a scary thought, but scientists say the 40 percent of humanity living in South Asia and China could well be living with little drinking water within 50 years as global warming melts Himalayan glaciers, the region's main water source.

It’s Time for a New Vision -- A Guest Commentary
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - James Quigley, Center for Sustainable Energy

The calamity in the Gulf Coast will have staggering implications in the US economy for months and possibly years to come. Some climate experts are warning that Hurricane Katrina is a prelude to more aberrant climate disruptions ahead.

Brazil Likely To Build More Nuclear Plants, Minister Says
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Brazil's Minister of Science and Technology said Tuesday he believed the country would approve plans to build more nuclear reactors later this year, drawing howls of protest from environmental groups.

Few Choices To Rid New Orleans of Poisoned Water
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

The potentially toxic brew of chemicals and human waste in the New Orleans floodwaters will have to be pumped into the Mississippi River or Lake Pontchartrain, raising the specter of an environmental disaster on the heels of Hurricane Katrina, experts say.

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