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President's Budget Cuts Funding for Fisheries Programs
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press

Five months after a presidential commission recommended spending billions more to protect the nation's oceans, the White House has proposed a budget that would reduce funding for fisheries and eliminate the Pacific Islands regional office in Hawaii.

Reef Expert Gives Back to Asia
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

The horrific images of tsunami-battered shores in Southeast Asia recalled to Deborah Brosnan her own personal disaster in that part of the world. She and her husband, Steven Courtney, survived a fiery jet crash in Taipei, Taiwan, that killed 83 passengers in 2000.

Unions Lobbying Democrats to Back President's Clean Air Plan
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Malia Rulon, Associated Press

A coalition of labor unions -- traditionally a bastion of support for Democrats -- are lobbying senators of that party in favor of President Bush's air-pollution plan.

Study Finds Pollution May Affect Babies' Genes
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Karen Matthews, Associated Press

A study of New York City newborns suggests that prenatal exposure to air pollution may be linked to genetic changes associated with an increased risk of cancer, researchers said Tuesday.

Two Environmental Groups Sue Puerto Rico's Sewer Authority
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Two environmental groups sued Puerto Rico's sewer authority on Monday, accusing it of using coastal waters "as a toilet" by allegedly leaking human waste into the sea.

Salvage and Oil Cleanup of Aleutian Freighter Wreck Halted Until Spring
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Volz, Associated Press

Salvage and cleanup operations of a freighter that wrecked in the Aleutian Islands have been shut down until spring, the Coast Guard said Monday.

Do Cows and Tennis Balls Stoke Global Warming?
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Cows and sheep grazing in fields, joggers' shoes or even the kitchen fridge could all be targeted under a new U.N. pact meant to rein in global warming.

UK Activists Hail Court Ruling in "McLibel" Case
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Gilbert Reilhac, Reuters

Two Britons found to have libelled the U.S. fast food chain McDonald's after the longest court case in English legal history did not have a fair trial, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday.

Oil Rises as OPEC Says May Cut Supply
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Oil prices rose Monday as the OPEC cartel said it might cut supply as the Northern Hemisphere winter draws to a close.

California's emission rules here? Auto Dealers Say it's a Bad Idea
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Gordon, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.

Advocates of a move to adopt California's stringent automobile emissions standards didn't dream up barren Cascade Mountain ski slopes and green daffodil stalks now shooting up around Puget Sound to help make their case.

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