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Philadelphia OKs No-Flush Urinals at Skyscraper after Cutting Deal with Plumbers
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Yao, Associated Press

City officials approved the use of waterless, no-flush urinals Wednesday at what will be Philadelphia's tallest skyscraper -- but only after reaching an agreement with plumbers.

China's Waterways Facing Major Chemical Pollution Risks
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China's major waterways are threatened with severe pollution because of poor planning and a lack of waste treatment facilities, a top environmental official said in remarks published by state media Thursday.

Fossil Fish Sheds Light on Transition
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press

Scientists have caught a fossil fish in the act of adapting toward a life on land, a discovery that sheds new light one of the greatest transformations in the history of animals.

FDA Finds Benzene Levels in Soft Drinks above Tap Water Limit
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

Cancer-causing benzene has been found in soft drinks at levels above the limit considered safe for drinking water, the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged Wednesday.

Scientists in Dispute over Carbon Curbs, Magazine Reveals
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A row has broken out between scientists seeking a way to bring more nations into the carbon curbing fold after the first phase of the Kyoto Treaty expires in 2012, New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday.

NASA Helps Monitor Bleaching of Great Barrier Reef
April 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

NASA satellites that monitor ocean color and temperature have joined a global effort to study the worrisome bleaching of coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the U.S. space agency said Wednesday.

Myanmar, Thailand Sign Six-Billion-Dollar Hydropower Plant Agreement
April 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Myanmar has signed an agreement with a Thai company to build a hydropower plant on Southeast Asia's longest free-flowing river, the Salween, state-run media reported Tuesday.

Limits on Greenhouse Gases Proposed in California
April 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Steve Lawrence, Associated Press

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez introduced legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, oil refineries and other industrial sources, a step he said would lead the nation in combating global warming while spurring the state's economy.

Greenpeace Sounds Alert over Indian Turtle Deaths
April 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than 2,000 endangered Olive Ridley turtles have washed ashore dead in eastern India over the past three months, environmental pressure group Greenpeace said on Tuesday, blaming illegal fishing.

Feds to Do Their Own Spotted Owl Recovery Plan
April 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided it can't afford to pay an outside contractor to develop a recovery plan for the northern spotted owl, so it will develop the blueprint for saving the threatened species from extinction on its own.

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