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U.S. Research Ship Pays US$2 Million Fine for Reef Damage
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mexico announced Monday that a U.S. research ship has paid a fine of 2,221,720 pesos (US$20 million, euro15 million) for having run aground on a coral reef and damaged it.

Umbra on Avoiding Unsightly Bathroom Mold
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

A reader inquiry about removing bathroom mold without toxic chemicals sends Umbra on a cleaner-testing jag, squirting this and that all over the Grist Test Bathroom. The things she does for you people! Find out the results and get lectured on the benefits of planning ahead -- in Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website.

Mercury Damage to Babies Costs Billions, Study Says
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press

Lower IQ levels linked to mercury exposure in the womb costs the United States $8.7 billion a year in lost earnings potential, according to a study released Monday by researchers at a New York hospital.

Judge Approves $107.6 Million Settlement against DuPont over Alleged Poisoning of Water
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

A judge Monday approved a $107.6 million (euro81.16 million) settlement of a class-action lawsuit against DuPont Co. in which residents alleged that a chemical used in making the nonstick substance Teflon contaminated their water supplies.

Traders Gather for Conference on the World's Newest Trading Commodity: Pollution
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur Max, Associated Press

With trade booming and prices up, it's no wonder traders are anxious to talk about the world's latest commodity: pollution permits.

Greenpeace Urges World Bank, ADB to Shift Funding to Renewable Energy
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Oliver Teves, Associated Press

Greenpeace on Tuesday urged international funding agencies such as the World Bank to shift financing from large-scale, fossil-fuel projects to renewable energy to help stop global warming.

North Carolina Oyster-Growing Project to be Permitted
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Patricia Smith, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C.

People who signed up a year ago for a pilot study to grow oysters in cages under their docks have yet to get the go-ahead from state fisheries officials.

Tiny Trees Spur New Growth in Industry
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Diane Dietz, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.

A question is humming around the edges of the Oregon Logging Conference this week, like the distant sound of a chain saw bucking firewood.

Oil Firm Near $52 as Cold Hits U.S. Northeast
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Oil prices firmed near $52 a barrel Monday as a blast of cold, snowy weather in the U.S. Northeast threatened to tighten already strained heating oil supplies in the world's largest energy consumer.

Athens' Sludge Mountain Upsets Residents
March 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Residents near a giant seaside sewage plant close to Athens staged a protest Tuesday, alarmed by reported plans to burn thousands of tons of potentially toxic sludge.

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