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ConAgra Signs Clean Water Act Permit Plea Agreement
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - EPA

Under the terms of a plea agreement signed with the United States on Aug. 1, ConAgra, Inc., owner and operator of a food ingredient and flour mill in Hastings, Minn., pleaded guilty to a one-count information filed with the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Tunnel Boring Machine Technology to Eliminate Sanitary Sewer Overflows in Austin
August 18, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

When the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 6 came knocking on the Austin Water Utility's door, it didn't come empty handed. The regulatory agency brought an administrative order requiring the central Texas utility to completely eliminate sanitary sewer overflows by December 2007.

Red Tide Bloom Strikes Off Florida Coast
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An unusually fierce red tide bloom this summer has choked off oxygen and killed undersea life in a region of the Gulf of Mexico bottom about 10 miles off the coast of Florida, scientists said.

Denmark Urges "New Thinking" on Climate Change
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Denmark urged "new thinking" on Tuesday about ways to combat global warming at the start of climate talks by 25 nations in Greenland. "Climate change represents a growing global challenge," Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller told delegates at the start of the informal four-day talks on the island in Ilulissat, north of the Arctic Circle.

Crocodile Blood May Yield Powerful New Antibiotics
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antibiotic for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills the HIV virus.

A Natural Way To Say Thanks
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer Frazer, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

Bill and Earleen Weaver have reason to be proud. They've turned an eroding farm choked with weeds west of Pine Bluffs into a property at the cutting edge of conservation in the county in only three years.

Experts Say Man, Nature Threaten Asia's Cultural Landmarks
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Chawadee Nualkhair, Reuters

From India's Taj Mahal to Cambodia's Angkor Wat, Asia's cultural landmarks are threatened by man and nature and more must be done to protect them, experts said on Monday. Earthquakes, floods, civil strife and looting loom large as potential threats, while the more mundane ravages wreaked by tourists could turn ancient attractions into victims of their own popularity.

Fast-Food Chains to Use 100% Renewable Energy
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - GreenBiz.com

The Holland, Inc., owner of Burgerville and Noodlin' restaurants throughout Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington, has committed to use renewable wind power to provide 100% of its electricity needs, both at its chain stores and also at its corporate headquarters in Vancouver.

Car Exhaust Polluting Puget Sound, Study Reveals
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mud and sand at the bottom of Puget Sound is increasingly tainted by pollution from vehicle exhaust, not heavy industry, a state Department of Ecology study says. The research, which compiled 12 years of sediment test results, showed that toxic metals associated with industrial pollution declined while chemicals tied to vehicle exhaust increased.

Madagascar: Animation Meets Reality -- A Guest Commentary
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Mia MacDonald

In early July, as members of the G-8 met in Scotland and singers convened for the Live 8 concerts seeking to make poverty in Africa history, moviegoers were flocking to see DreamWorks SKG's latest cartoon hit, Madagascar.

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