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Australian Government Says It Won't Back Anti-Whaling Lawsuit
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Meraiah Foley, Associated Press

Australia's government will not support a court action by an animal rights group against a Japanese whaling company over allegations it illegally killed hundreds of whales inside an Australian whale sanctuary, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Phoenix Officials Urge Residents To Boil Water Because of Treatment Plant Problems
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth DeFalco, Associated Press

The 1.5 million residents of Phoenix were warned Tuesday to boil their drinking water or use bottled water as a precaution because of problems at treatment plants, and to take conservation measures.

Federal Officials To Sue after Gas Leak from State Oil Company on Mexico's Gulf Coast
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Miguel Hernandez

An unknown amount of liquid gas leaked from a pipeline operated by Mexico's state oil company and spread to at least two rivers in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, prompting the evacuation of 2,000 people, officials said Tuesday.

State Logging Plan Draws Objections from Conservation Groups
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News

A Maine Department of Conservation plan to raise money by logging state park properties came under fire during a legislative hearing Monday morning.

Early Settlers Made Australian Desert, Study Finds
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Settlers who came to Australia 50,000 years ago and set fires that burned off natural flora and fauna may have triggered a cataclysmic weather change that turned the country's interior into the dry desert it is today, U.S. and Australian researchers said Tuesday.

Alaskan Urges Gas Research Funding
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard Mauer, Anchorage Daily News

Sharp increases in natural gas prices and concern over long-term supply brought dozens of suggested solutions to a special work session of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on Monday.

Pataki, Schwarzenegger Urge Congress Not To Weaken States' Environmental Powers
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press

New York Gov. George Pataki and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are pressing Congress to protect key parts of the Clean Air Act as lawmakers and the Bush administration seek to change the law.

Study Encourages Everglades Land Purchases
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Coralie Carlson, Associated Press

The state and federal governments should buy more land, and do so quickly, in order to restore the Everglades before the property becomes developed or too expensive in coming years, according to a new report.

Senator Weighs in on Ford Cleanup
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Barbara Williams, The Record, Hackensack, N.J.

Homeowners living on the former Ford Motor Co. industrial dump and federal officials are stalemated over how far investigators should go in determining if dangerous waste is buried under homes and yards.

Chlorine Factories Cited as Big Source of Mercury Pollution; Industry Says it's Making Changes
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

Nine chlorine plants in the South and East pour at least eight tons of mercury into the environment each year _ a situation that demands federal action to force companies to convert to cleaner technology, activists said Wednesday.

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