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In Shadow of Foreign-Owned Refineries, Bolivia's Poor Wait for Energy Profits
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Alan Clendenning, Associated Press

Bolivia's state-owned oil company sold the refinery and another for $100 million in the 1990s in a privatization wave intended to boost production and exports from its huge natural gas reserves.

Raw Sewage Spill Closes California Beaches
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two million gallons of raw sewage spilled onto Southern California beaches, closing some 10 miles of coastline to surfers and beach goers for days, officials said Tuesday.

On Beyond Organic: Gulf Coast Cough & Government Spin
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

An estimated 100,000 homes in New Orleans suffered severe flooding when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast last fall.

Oil-Stung Caribbean Looks at Energy Alternatives
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Linda Hutchinson-Jafar, Reuters

Caribbean countries, vulnerable to oil shocks and worried rising global oil prices could drag their economies, are exploring renewable energy to ease high oil-import bills.

Endangered Whales Sighted off Texas Coast, Miles from Usual Winter Territory
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Two endangered whales were spotted in the Corpus Christi Bay, well outside their typical winter territory of Florida and Georgia, authorities said.

Alaska Volcano Erupts, Shooting Ash Miles High
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A volcano on an uninhabited island off the coast of Alaska erupted again Tuesday, shooting ash miles into the air, a scientist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said.

Landslides Could Worsen with Global Warming
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Landslides kill 800-1,000 people a year and climate change may be adding to the risks from hillside slums in Latin America to Egypt's Valley of the Kings, U.N. experts said on Tuesday.

India to Open Remote Andamans to Foreign Flights
January 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Palash Kumar, Reuters

Foreign tourists could soon be boarding direct flights to India's remote Andaman and Nicobar islands in a move officials hope will provide a major boost to communities hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Rivals Unite to Save Nature
January 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Eve Hightower, Appeal-Democrat

Once adversaries, environmentalists and ranchers are now working together against another foe - urban sprawl.

New Zealand Has No Legal Options for Challenging Japan's Scientific Whaling
January 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

New Zealand has no viable options under current international law to challenge the legality of Japanese scientific whaling.

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