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Congressional Panel To Hear of Woes at National Parks
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott S. Greenberger, Boston Globe

The Adams National Historical Park in Quincy is blessed with a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including a wet-pressed copy of the Declaration of Independence presented to John Adams in the 1820s, but many visitors don't get to see them.

Iraqi Minister Says Rebuilding Water Infrastructure May Take up to Five Years
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Mattias Karen, Associated Press

Iraq's water resources minister said Wednesday it could take up to five years to rebuild the country's water supply infrastructure, and that the lack of electricity and clean water has made sanitation "a desperate need" in rural areas.

North Dakota Pelicans Probably Headed to Canada
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

Thousands of American white pelicans that abandoned the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in central North Dakota after their chicks mysteriously died appear to have headed across the border to Canada, in southern Manitoba.

Nine U.S. States Break with Bush on Greenhouse Gases
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Nine northeastern U.S. states are working on a plan to cap and then reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the first U.S. deal of its kind and one which would see the region breaking with President Bush who refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol.

Lawmakers Seek Meeting About Plum Island
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Frank Eltman, Associated Press

The Department of Homeland Security is considering moving the aging Plum Island animal disease laboratory off eastern Long Island -- a possibility that prompted two lawmakers on Wednesday to request a meeting with DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Another Blow to the Pseudo-Science of Global Warming Skeptics -- A Guest Commentary
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter H. Gleick, The Pacific Institute

In a serious blow to the already discredited arguments made against climate change by global warming skeptics, a new analysis of satellite data confirms that the earth is warming at a rate consistent with that projected by climate models, and far faster than the skeptics previously acknowledged.

Innovative Environment-Friendly Products: EnviroGLAS
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

In this installment, we bring you a company and a product that is currently featured on ENN Expo: EnviroSLAB from EnviroGLAS. EnviroGLAS makes a number of products using recycled glass that would otherwise make its way into a landfill.

Indian State Bans Sale, Use of Plastic Bags
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Ramola Talwar Badam, Associated Press

The government of the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Wednesday banned the manufacture, sale and use of all plastic bags, saying they choked drainage systems during recent monsoon rains.

Forest Service Admits 'Serious' Mistake in Logging Rare Tree Preserve
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The Forest Service admitted Wednesday to making a "serious" mistake that allowed the logging of 17 acres inside a rare tree reserve as part of the salvage harvest of timber burned by a fire in 2002.

Another Blow to the Pseudo-Science of Global Warming Skeptics
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter H. Gleick, The Pacific Institute

(By Peter H. Gleick) In a serious blow to the already discredited arguments made against climate change by global warming skeptics, a new analysis of satellite data confirms that the earth is warming at a rate consistent with that projected by climate models, and far faster than the skeptics previously acknowledged. The satellite data were originally interpreted by John R. Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and colleagues as showing little or no warming occurring between 1979 and 2003. Indeed, they concluded that there was actually a cooling trend in the tropics — conclusions seriously at odds with actual temperature records and with estimates from global climate models. Other climate skeptics latched onto this faulty interpretation to support their conclusions that global warming is false, or small, and climate models in error.

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