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Big River Open-Space Property Bill on Fast Track in Senate
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter B. Lord, The Providence Journal

Despite strong objections from environmental groups and individual senators, the Senate went out of its way yesterday to move along the Carcieri administration's plans to build a new state police headquarters on Big River Reservoir land that was set aside for drinking water and open space.

China Mulls Smog Tax for Big Cars, Report Says
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China is considering imposing new taxes on buyers of big cars to persuade drivers to buy environmentally friendly vehicles, a news report said Monday.

Alewives' Run Lures Spectators and Hungry Birds
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert F. Bukaty, Associated Press

Chuck Reinhardt stood in awe as he gazed down at the multitudes of silver-sided fish crowded into a waterway no more than 5 feet wide. After three to four years at sea, thousands of alewives were following their instincts on a journey back to the freshwater where they were born.

Fire Crews Fear More Wind, Heat and Low Humidity as Blazes Char Thousands of Acres in West
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer Dobner, Associated Press

Firefighters battled in hot, dry and windy weather Sunday to contain wildfires that have prompted evacuations, closed a major highway and covered much of southwest Utah with a dark, smoky haze.

'Niagara of the West' Roars to Life in Idaho after Years of Drought
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The waterfalls known as the "Niagara of the West" roared back to life this week for the first time in six years with the release of water from upstream dams to aid salmon migration.

Rwanda Symbolically Names Endangered Baby Gorillas
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur Asiimwe, Reuters

Rwanda held a traditional naming ceremony for some of its rare mountain gorillas on Saturday in an effort to attract tourism and help to preserve one of the world's most endangered species.

Timing of Next Indonesia Tsunami a Mystery
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press

When will the next Indonesian tsunami strike? With last December's tragedy and a second large earthquake in the area just three months later, that's more than just an abstract scientific question.

Scientists Studying Gulf's 'Dead Zone'
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Through mid-July, scientists from NOAA's National Coast Data Development Center and the agency's Fisheries Service at Stennis Space Center will look at data about dissolved oxygen from the "dead zone" areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

Appeals Court Upholds EPA on Letting Older Plants Pollute More
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Devlin Barett, Associated Press

The Bush administration's plan to let aging industrial plants modernize without buying expensive new pollution controls was upheld Friday by a federal appeals court.

Climate Change Threatens Humanity's Cradle, Africa
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Climate change in Africa gave rise to modern humans. Now experts fear that global warming linked to carbon emissions will have its worst impact on humanity's cradle.

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