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California in Deal to Preserve Hearst Coastal Area
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Adam Tanner, Reuters

California has completed a $95 million deal that has the state receiving 13 miles of pristine coastline and an agreement from the Hearst Corporation barring development of 81,000 acres of adjacent ranch land, officials said Friday.

Careful Flooding May Restore Iraq Marshes, Experts Say
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Wetlands that once sheltered Marsh Arabs and a host of wildlife in southern Iraq are being partly restored and could offer a haven once again if it is done right, experts said Saturday.

EPA Sets Limit for Rocket Fuel Pollutant
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The government on Friday issued its first safety standard for perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel and explosives and blamed for widespread contamination of drinking water near military sites.

Brazil's Drive to Become World's Bread Basket Blamed for Amazon Land Violence
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Three decades after settling in the remote rainforest to clear brush and grow cocoa under the shadows of towering jungle trees, Luis Domingues da Silva is starting to see the first hints that Brazil's booming agribusiness industry is heading his way.

Passage of Air Quality Legislation is Cloudy -- An ENN Commentary
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeffrey Burke, National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

The U.S. stands poised to make the most significant changes to its air quality in fifteen years. EPA has estimated that the health and productivity benefits from the original Clean Air Act of 1970 have now exceeded 6 trillion dollars at a cost of less than 600 billion (or 10-fold return on investment).

Court Finds Fault with EPA Haze Program for Parks, Wilderness
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a government-approved program used by five Western states to improve their air quality and visibility in national parks and wilderness areas.

Experts: Scientific Influence Wanes, Research Funding Weakened in Bush Administration
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Recer, Associated Press

The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush administration, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting.

Passage of Air Quality Legislation is Cloudy
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeffrey Burke, National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

(By Jeffrey Burke) The U.S. stands poised to make the most significant changes to its air quality in fifteen years. EPA has estimated that the health...

Scientific Influence Wanes, Research Funding Weakened in Bush Administration, Experts Say
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Recer, Associated Press

The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush administration, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting.

Columbus, Ohio-Based Plastics Firm Finds New Use for Corn
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Phil Porter, The Columbus Dispatch

A year ago, Plastic Suppliers, which makes the film used in food labels and envelope windows, faced the same problem that dogs most American manufacturers: intense foreign competition.

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