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Malaysia Lifts Emergency as Haze Abates
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Jalil Hamid, Reuters

Malaysia lifted a state of emergency in two areas near the capital on Saturday after air pollution levels fell well below the danger mark, easing the country's worst pollution crisis in eight years.

Judge Reluctant To Create Judicial Oversight of Global Warming
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Larry Neumeister, Associated Press

A federal judge expressed reluctance about beginning judicial oversight of pollution issues that affect global warming as she heard arguments Friday in a complaint brought by eight states against some of the nation's largest power companies.

Municipal Companies Say Their Water is Just as Good as the Bottled Brands, and Cheaper Too
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - John Hartzell, Associated Press

With the public's insatiable thirst for bottled water, municipal water utilities are tapping into the market to fight competition from profit-making companies. The utilities' message to consumers: Our product is as good as what's found on store shelves -- and less expensive.

Environmentalists Urge Hong Kong Disneyland To Suspend Firework Displays on Polluted Days
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Environmentalists on Saturday urged Hong Kong Disneyland to suspend fireworks displays at the theme park when pollution is bad in the area.

Angling 101: College Offers Class in How To Catch Alaska Fish
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Curt Muse stood on the cobbled shore of a creek, casting a 3-weight fly rod upstream as a dozen students -- all middle-aged or older -- watched. Muse was the day's guest lecturer for the Kenai Fishing Academy, a weeklong class offered four times a summer by Kenai Peninsula College, a branch of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Environmental Group Slams Indonesian Plan for Huge Plantation in Heart of Borneo Forest
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Indonesia's proposal to build the world's largest palm oil plantation along its border with Malaysia would have a devastating impact on forests, wildlife and the local population, an environmental group warned Monday.

Los Angeles Area Plans To Use Sensors, Cameras To Record Cars' Pollution Emissions
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sensors and video cameras on Southern California freeways could begin recording pollutants spewing from tailpipes by early next year as part of a program to reduce pollution levels in the smoggiest region of the United States.

U.S. Marines Use Donkeys To Go Places Their Humvees and Other Modern Vehicles Cannot
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Daniel Cooney, Associated Press

Frustrated with the limitations of using its fleet of modern Humvee four-wheel-drives in rugged mountains with few roads, a battalion of U.S. Marines has enlisted a mode of transport used for centuries by Afghan villagers -- donkeys.

China to Build Offshore Wind Power Complex
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China plans to construct its first offshore wind power complex next year in hopes of easing chronic electricity shortages, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday. The complex, to be built in the Bohai Sea off the northern province of Hebei, is designed to have a generating capacity of 1 million kilowatts when completed in 2020, Xinhua said.

Engineers Modify Hybrid Cars To Get Up To 250 MPG
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

Politicians and automakers say a car that can both reduce greenhouse gases and free America from its reliance on foreign oil is years or even decades away. Ron Gremban says such a car is parked in his garage.

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