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U.S. Presses China to Invest in Cleaner Energy
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Stephanie Hoo, Associated Press

A U.S. energy official was in Beijing on Wednesday seeking Chinese investment to build the first zero-emissions coal-fired power plant.

New Cotton Fabric May Absorb Toxins
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Blaney, Associated Press

Cotton, the fabric of your life, could soon have the potential to save it. Scientists at Texas Tech University's Institute of Environmental and Human Health on Monday unveiled a new composite cotton fabric they say will protect against biological and chemical agents.

Insurers Drop Backing for Asbestos Trust Fund, but Other Businesses Groups Renew Their Support
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press

A group of insurance companies have rescinded their backing for Senate legislation that would end asbestos liability lawsuits in exchange for a victims trust fund, but other business groups moved quickly Tuesday to restate their support for a compromise trust fund bill.

House Panel Revives U.S. Energy Bill
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

A House committee Tuesday dusted off an energy bill that backers say will boost U.S. oil and natural gas production but critics deride as a bonanza for oil companies with no immediate relief for consumer pocketbooks.

Canadian Automakers Volunteer to Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Duff-Brown, Associated Press

A landmark agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 17 percent over the next five years was formally signed Tuesday by the Canadian government and the country's automobile industry.

Company Proposes Massive Development for Maine's North Woods
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Jerry Harkavy, Associated Press

One of the nation's biggest landowners has filed a plan to develop nearly 1,000 camp lots and two resorts in the North Woods of Maine, an area where Henry David Thoreau roamed 150 years ago.

Shipper's Waste Dumping Draws Big Fine
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Craig Welch, The Seattle Times

Owners of one of the world's largest cargo-shipping businesses -- a company for which the Port of Tacoma last year built a 171-acre terminal -- agreed yesterday to pay $25 million in fines for secretly dumping oil into the oceans and repeatedly doctoring log books to cover it up.

Rolls-Royce in Venture to Develop Fuel Cell-Based Power System
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Siti Rahil, Kyodo News International

Luxury car maker Rolls-Royce plc signed an agreement Wednesday with a Singapore consortium that includes several Singapore government-linked entities to jointly invest US$100 million in a new venture to develop a commercially viable power system based on fuel cell technology.

Study Suggests Salmon Thrived Above Klamath Dams
April 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Based on a review of historical and archaeological evidence, a group of federal biologists has concluded that salmon definitely spawned in waters far above a series of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River that have blocked fish since 1917.

Scientists Artificially Inseminate Whale
April 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

After bringing in a parade of males and watching for years as nature never took its course, scientists at Mystic Aquarium have performed what is believed to be the first artificial insemination of a beluga whale.

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