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Residents Displaced by Chlorine Gas May Be Kept Away Longer
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Wilkinson, The State
Thousands of people evacuated last week when a train crash unleashed deadly chlorine gas might not return home Wednesday, as had been hoped.
EarthTalk: Is it True that Coastal Development Contributed to Greater Loss of Life from the Tsunami?
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
The tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia in December was a natural catastrophe triggered by a massive undersea earthquake. But rampant coastal development in recent years--which removed the mangrove forests and coral reefs that had previously been abundant along shorelines--did contribute to the damage and death toll.
EPA Watchdog Finds Security Lapses in Remote Controls for Water Systems
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
Water utilities have installed computer-based remote controls "with little attention paid to security," leaving valves, pumps and chemical mixers for water supplies vulnerable to cyber-attack, according to an Environmental Protection Agency report.
Rising Seas Threaten Islands, Cities, Coasts
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
It sounds insignificant alongside the Indian Ocean tsunami, yet an almost imperceptible annual rise in the world's oceans may pose a huge threat to ports, coasts and islands by 2100.
Sierra Club Blasts University of Central Florida for Stadium Plans
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - David Damron, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.
UCF's sudden drive to build an on-campus stadium has opened the door for a wider challenge to the school's controversial growth plan.
Graniteville, S.C., Mill Officials Fear Equipment Damage from Chlorine Leak
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Nesbitt, The Augusta Chronicle, Ga.
Avondale Mills officials are still waiting to do a damage assessment of the seven plants and related offices shut down by the Norfolk Southern train wreck, but have been warned by chemical experts to expect massive damage from the corrosive chlorine leak that killed nine people, a company official said Monday.
Hurricanes May Have Spared Manatees
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
The fury of four hurricanes in Florida may have spared the state's endangered manatee population from further decline.
Study Urges Water Conservation on Farms
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Johnson, Associated Press
A growing population coupled with diminishing fresh water supplies should force major changes in the way the world's farmers water their crops in the coming decades, a recent study recommends.
Salt's Impact on Mountain Lakes Studied
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Esch, Associated Press
Scientists are researching the long-term environmental effects of winter road maintenance, using the Cascade Lakes near Lake Placid as a laboratory.
Beijing to Plant Rooftop Grass to Clean Away Smog
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Polluted Beijing is planning to clean up its act by planting grass on rooftops, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.