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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.

U.S. Democrats To Fight Arctic Oil in Defense Bill
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

Senate Democrats Monday threatened a filibuster to stop Republicans from adding language to a must-pass defense spending bill that would allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Maine Ballot Initiative on Water Tax Falls Short in Signature Drive
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Francis X. Quinn, Associated Press

An initiative aimed at taxing spring water -- a first-in-the-nation proposal that rankled Maine bottler Poland Spring -- fell short Monday of attracting enough valid signatures to be placed on the ballot.

Chinese Companies, World Bank Deal 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.

Shipping Company To Pay $10 Million Fine in Atlantic Dumping Case
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Denise Lavoie, Associated Press

A Hong Kong-based shipping company has agreed to pay a $10 million (euro8.4 million) fine for dumping 40 tons of oil sludge into the Atlantic Ocean, federal prosecutors said Monday.

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