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Solar Power Heating Up
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Long viewed by ardent activists as "the technology of tomorrow," solar power is seeing massive growth. Three times as much electricity is being generated by solar panels in the United States today as in 1999.

Periwinkle Snails Harming Louisiana Marshes
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Having suffered the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in August, Louisiana's dwindling coastline must deal with another nemesis: the marble-sized periwinkle snail.

Chemical Levels Rise in Russian River
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press

Khabarovsk, Russia, a city of about 580,000 people, braces for the arrival of the toxic mix of chemicals that spilled from an upriver Chinese factory last month.

Indian Ocean Nations Prepare for Next Tsunami
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Tarrant, Reuters

The next time a tsunami strikes the Indian Ocean rim, an early warning system should detect it and trigger warnings in time to millions living in coastal communities.

China Aims To Improve Safe Water Availability by 2010
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

China expects to bring potable water to 100 million rural residents by 2010, a state newspaper said on Monday, but that would still leave more than 200 million people with unsafe supplies.

Ancient Tribe Battles To Remain in Kalahari Reserve
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Alexandra Zavis, Associated Press

Clans of hunter-gathers in Botswana's stark, desert plains are locked in a bitter dispute over their right to remain in what has been declared a wildlife reserve.

U.S. Greenhouse Gases Rose Two Percent
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Emissions of gases blamed for warming the atmosphere grew by 2 percent in the United States last year, the Energy Department reported Monday.

Greenpeace Buys Tons of Illegally Cut Brazilian Wood, Delivers it to Police
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Alan Glendenning, Associated Press

Environmental activists parked a truckload of illegally cut Amazon hardwood in front of a police station in Brazil's largest city on Monday to demonstrate how easy it is to skirt the law.

Chinese Companies, World Bank Sign $930 Million Deal To Sell Pollution Credits
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter Enav, Associated Press

A World Bank fund will buy pollution credits from two Chinese chemical companies under a plan that lets richer countries meet commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions by paying for reductions in poorer economies.

Wyoming Launches Cloud-Seeding Project
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Bob Moen, Associated Press

Wyoming is embarking on an $8.8 million, five-year cloud-seeding project that aims to bolster mountain snowpack, and possibly yield proof of whether cloud seeding actually works.

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