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New Lakes in Pakistani Quake Zone Endanger Thousands
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Zeeshan Haider, Reuters

The collapse of a mountainside triggered by the deadly Oct. 8 earthquake in Pakistani Kashmir blocked two major streams creating huge lakes that could endanger up to 12,000 people, the military said on Tuesday.

Research Team Finds More Toxic Contamination around U.S.-Owned Smelter in Peru
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Vecchio, Associated Press

Townspeople in La Oroya, a smoke-choked Andean town where St. Louis-based Doe Run Co. operates a metallurgical plant, have levels of toxic heavy metals in their bodies as much as 30 times higher than what is normal in the United States, according to a U.S. study released Tuesday.

Canada Environmentalists Demand Protection for Owls
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A coalition of environmental groups filed a suit Tuesday demanding Canada protect northern spotted owls from being driven to extinction by logging on the Pacific Coast. The suit estimates only 23 of the wild birds survive in British Columbia, and accuses federal officials of failing to prevent the province from allowing loggers to cut down the old growth forests they need as habitat.

Lawyer of 'Erin Brockovich' Fame Dies Age 73
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Edward Masry, the environmental lawyer portrayed by Albert Finney in the hit movie "Erin Brockovich," has died at the age of 73, his law firm said Tuesday. Masry died Monday from complications of diabetes, ending a 40-year legal career in the Los Angeles area that ranged from criminal defense to cases involving toxic contamination.

Red, Catlike Animal May Be a New Species
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A catlike creature photographed by camera traps on Borneo Island is likely to be a new species of carnivore, the World Wildlife Fund said Tuesday. If confirmed, the animal -- which has dark red fur and a long, bushy tail -- would be first new carnivore species discovered on the island since 1895, when the Borneo ferret-badger was found, the fund said.

Report Says 2005 Will Be Warmest, Stormiest Year on Record, Likely Due to Global Warming
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Phil Couvrette, Associated Press

This year is likely to go down as the hottest, stormiest and driest ever on Planet Earth, making a strong case for the urgent need to combat global warming, said a report released Tuesday at the U.N. Climate Change Conference.

Groups Want Snowmobiling Halted through Caribou Land
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - James Hagengruber, Spokesman-Review

Environmental groups have asked a federal judge to halt grooming on trails through endangered caribou habitat. The emergency request is meant to protect the animals until bigger questions are decided on the appropriateness of motorized recreation in the Selkirk Mountain backcountry.

Ozone Hole Recovery May Take Longer
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

The eventual recovery of the gaping ozone hole over Antarctica, first discovered two decades ago, may take years longer than previously predicted, scientists reported Tuesday. Researchers suspect that's because of all the older model refrigerators and car air-conditioning systems in the United States and Canada that are still releasing ozone-killing chemicals.

Land Sale Bill Ignites Passions in American West
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

A Republican congressman under fire for crafting a bill to sell public land to mining interests defended his proposal Tuesday, saying it would ensure the viability of the mining industry and help develop the economies of rural communities.

National Recognition Could Help Attract Customers to Eco-Friendly Hilton
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Nelson, The Columbian

The towering windows, extensive woodwork and staircase in the lobby of the Hilton Vancouver Washington hotel tend to catch the eye of first-time visitors. But it is Hilton's unseen features that are earning the hotel recognition as a "green" building.

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