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Chinese Farmers' Dispute with Factory Shows Rural Anger, Loss of Faith in Government
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

Farmers had long feared the runoff from the pharmaceutical factory. It turned irrigation water to a greasy, red sludge and stunted vegetable crops. They blamed it for a local rise in cancer and birth defects.

Laotians Thatch Roof to Buffer Conference Venue from Earsplitting Rain
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Planners in impoverished Laos needed a fix for the cacophony of rain pelting the metal roof of their conference venue. So they thatched it with local grass. Organizers spent 60 million kip (US$6,000; euro4,941.12) on the long indigenous grass, applying an additional layer Sunday.

Poaching Becoming Rampant on Federal Land
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Margery Beck, Associated Press

Barbara Beasley was the first person called to investigate when three suspicious men were stopped on federal land in remote northwest Nebraska. It didn't take the U.S. Forest Service official long to find what they had been doing: digging an 18-by-10-foot hole more than 2 feet deep that left the fossilized bones of a prehistoric rhinoceros called a brontothere exposed.

Geologist Maps Underseas Terrain in Massachusetts
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

When geologist Page Valentine steams out for a trip off the state's picturesque coastline, he's far more interested in what he can't see. Valentine has been using sophisticated sonar to map 1,400 square miles of ocean floor off the Massachusetts coast for 11 years.

Scientists Say Many More Right Whales May Be Dying than Previously Thought
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

More than eight in 10 right whale deaths may be going undiscovered, according to marine scientists who called for emergency action to help prevent humans from accidentally killing the rare animal.

Los Angeles Ports Extend Hours to Reduce Pollution, Ease Congestion
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began operating on weekends and evenings Saturday in a new initiative designed to ease Southern California's worst-in-the-nation traffic congestion and smog.

Turf War Hits U.S. Aid for Tiger Conservation
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Subodh Ghildiyal, The Times of India

After generating heat across the country, tiger conservation has kicked off a turf war. The environment and forest ministry has given an outright thumbs down to a proposal for Indo-US cooperation for Bengal tiger conservation which would commit the US to funnel huge sums to the cause in return of a say in the project.

Lawmakers Abandon MTBE Liability Shield to Help Clear Way for Passing Energy Bill
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

House and Senate conferees abandoned giving makers of the gasoline additive MTBE liability protection against environmental lawsuits on Sunday, removing the major roadblock to enactment of broad energy legislation.

In China's Dash to Develop, Environment Suffers Severely
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Johnson, Knight Ridder Washington Bureau

China's environmental woes are so large that they've begun to generate social instability. Choking on vile air, sickened by toxic water, citizens in some corners of this vast nation are rising up to protest the high environmental cost of China's economic boom.

Michigan Attorney General Opposes Federal Interference in Great Lake Protection
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced today that he and five other Great Lakes Attorneys General have expressed to the United States Senate their strong opposition to pending legislation that would derail the states' efforts to protect the Great Lakes environment and economy from harmful aquatic invasive species.

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