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Scientist Scours Global Waters in Bid To Save Earth's Largest Freshwater Fishes
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Miranda Leitsinger, Associated Press

Floating down the Mekong in his dinghy, Zeb Hogan is on the ultimate fisherman's quest: to find the world's largest freshwater fishes. Right now Hogan is on the Mekong that flows through the Indochinese peninsula, looking for a stingray said to weigh over 1,300 pounds (600 kilograms) -- as much as a full-grown longhorn steer.

Automakers Steer Fuel-Cell Cars to California Roads
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson, Reuters

Automakers outlined plans Tuesday to introduce hydrogen-powered cars in California but said they had a long road ahead, despite strong support from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who dreams of a "hydrogen highway".

Chinese Fish Farms, Deemed Safe Suppliers to Hong Kong, are Dried-Out or Don't Exist
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Several mainland Chinese fish farms selected by authorities to provide Hong Kong with safe freshwater fish either don't exist or are dried pools slated for urban development, local media reported Wednesday.

U.S. States Fight EPA on Greenhouse Gases
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A group of U.S. states Tuesday challenged a July court ruling upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to regulate greenhouse gas emission, a factor in global warming.

Western States Sue Bush Administration Over Decision To Open Pristine Forests
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

California, New Mexico and Oregon sued the Bush administration Tuesday over the government's decision to allow road building, logging and other commercial ventures on more than 90,000 square miles of untouched forests.

Dry, Hot Weather Ignites Big Alaska Wildfire Season
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Successive hot summers, vast swaths of insect-weakened trees and lightning strikes have combined to torch about 4 million acres of forest in Alaska this summer, nearly tying the state's third-largest fire season on record, federal and state officials said Tuesday.

Judge Blocks Plan To Poison Sierra Stream, and State Says It'll Drop the Idea
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A federal judge on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction barring wildlife officials from poisoning a Sierra waterway in an attempt to recover a rare species trout.

EPA Offers Liability Protection To Spur Mining Cleanups
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Cheryl Wittenauer, Associated Press

Environmental groups that volunteer to help government and businesses clean up waste from mine drainage in the West won't be held liable if there are future disputes over the pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

Ozone Layer Has Stopped Shrinking, U.S. Study Finds
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The ozone layer has stopped shrinking but it will take decades to start recovering, U.S. scientists reported Tuesday. They said an international agreement to limit production of ozone-depleting chemicals has apparently worked, but the damage to ozone has not been halted completely.

California Air Regulators Want To Put Cork in Wine Pollution
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Napa and Sonoma may attract wine connoisseurs and tourists to their bucolic settings to taste well-known wines, but the San Joaquin Valley has long been the industry workhorse, producing most of the nation's wine. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is considering imposing the nation's first air quality control on wineries, focusing on the largest vintners.

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