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Environmental Officials Defend Rules on Construction
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Barker, The Knoxville News-Sentinel

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials said Monday concerns about businesses wielding improper influence in the agency are unfounded.

Victoria, Texas, Considers Getting into Methane Gas Mining Business
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - David Tewes, Victoria Advocate

The city of Victoria is looking into the possibility of mining methane gas from the landfill near Bloomington and selling it, which could net a profit for taxpayers and help protect the atmosphere.

Group Seeks Protection for Eastern Fish
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A group of Western county commissioners who have problems with the Endangered Species Act has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the northern snakehead, an Asian fish that's invaded the East, protected under the act.

Smokies Park Gets Bugs, Species Funds
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will receive an additional $1 million in its current budget, most of it for fighting a pest responsible for killing hemlock trees and for a program to catalog organisms found in the Smokies.

Kyoto Host Japan Still Far from Greenhouse Targets
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Elaine Lies, Reuters

To many, the word Kyoto conjures up images of tile-roofed temples and ancient traditions. More recently, it has gained perhaps even greater fame abroad by association with the international climate change treaty known as the Kyoto Protocol, which comes into force on Wednesday.

Little Fire Ants Invade the Big Island
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

It doesn't make as much noise as the coqui frog, but the little fire ant has invaded the Big Island, stinging fruit pickers and homeowners alike.

EarthTalk: Combatting Sprawl with 'Smart Growth'
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Sprawl is the tendency of cities to expand into outlying agricultural and rural lands, creating developed suburbs where there was once open space.

U.S. Cities Eye Ocean Waves for Power Supplies
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson and Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Since ancient times poets have revered the power of the seas. Now energy companies and coastal cities like New York and San Francisco are aiming to tap ocean waves and tidal currents as abundant sources of electricity.

President's Budget Cuts Funding for Fisheries Programs
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press

Five months after a presidential commission recommended spending billions more to protect the nation's oceans, the White House has proposed a budget that would reduce funding for fisheries and eliminate the Pacific Islands regional office in Hawaii.

Reef Expert Gives Back to Asia
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

The horrific images of tsunami-battered shores in Southeast Asia recalled to Deborah Brosnan her own personal disaster in that part of the world. She and her husband, Steven Courtney, survived a fiery jet crash in Taipei, Taiwan, that killed 83 passengers in 2000.

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