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Arizona Promotes 'Geotourism'
December 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Levi J. Long, Arizona Daily Star

We all know about the world-class spas and golf resorts. But Arizona is also home to the Sonoran Desert, and with help from the National Geographic Society, some regional tourism offices are hoping to capitalize on the Arizona-Sonora region's cultural heritage. In the process, they hope, they can keep a unique desert region safe from harmful tourist expansion.

China Investigates Death of Official Involved in Toxic Spill Aftermath
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe McDonald, Associated Press

A deputy mayor who claimed there was no pollution from a chemical plant explosion was found dead at his home amid public anger over officials' failure to quickly alert residents that tons of toxins had spilled into a major river.

Argentina Works To Stem Farmland Floodings
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Nicolas Misculin, Reuters

Viewed from above, the gentle Salado river that runs through Argentina's fertile Pampa prairies looks harmless enough. But in the last 20 years, its inundations have largely kept 19.8 million acres of some of the world's richest farmland from being used -- or nearly one-third of the area Argentine farmers seeded with grains and oilseeds last season.

In Final Days of Climate Conference, U.S. Resists `Post-Kyoto' Push
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

The United States on Wednesday rejected a Canadian bid to draw Washington into future global talks on climate change, a new round that would extend mandatory cutbacks in carbon emissions.

'Alternative Nobel' Winners Call for Water and Land Rights, and for Global Justice
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Two recipients of this year's Right Livelihood Awards, also known as the "alternative Nobels," on Tuesday said privatization of fresh water resources represents a threat to human rights.

Beware of Bear: Return of the Brown Bear to Switzerland
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Schulman, WWF International

After a 100-year hiatus, it seems that bears may be coming back to Switzerland. Well, at least one. This past summer, the first brown bear was sighted in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, the eastern most part of the country just shy of the border with Italy and Austria.

Judge Blocks Land Clearing for Oil, Gas Drilling in Michigan Forest
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked an energy company from clearing land in preparation for oil and natural gas drilling near a forest and a river. Judge David M. Lawson issued a preliminary order halting Savoy Energy from cutting timber, building a road and taking other steps toÆ’ get the project under way in northern Michigan.

Scientists Say Greenland Glaciers Retreating
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Two of Greenland's largest glaciers are retreating at an alarming pace, most likely because of climate warming, scientists said Wednesday. But researchers at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union also presented studies of the retreat of Alaska's Columbia Glacier that suggest more complexity in the processes of glacial melt.

EU Governments Agree on Rules To Tackle Pollution from Mining Waste
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union on Wednesday announced an agreement on rules to curb pollution caused by waste from mines and quarries. The new law requires EU governments to monitor and control how mining companies handle silt, coal ash, waste rock and contaminated or toxic materials taken from mines and seek to prevent such waste seeping into rivers, lakes or reservoirs.

Pittsburgh Brewing Files for Bankruptcy over Water, Sewage Bills
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Daniel Lovering, Associated Press

Pittsburgh Brewing Co., the maker of Iron City Beer, filed for protection from creditors under federal bankruptcy regulations Wednesday after failing to pay $2.5 million in water and sewage bills.

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