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Experts Try to Predict What the Next Tsunami Will Do
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

WASHINGTON — Philip Liu of Cornell University in New York and several of his colleagues rushed to Sri Lanka after the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami. Liu's team had developed a computer model to predict how a quake might generate a tsunami and wanted to test it.

China under Pressure on Emissions as Kyoto Looms
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Lindsay Beck, Reuters

China is the world's second-largest source of greenhouse gases but when the Kyoto Protocol on climate change comes into force next week it will be under no obligation to cut emissions.

Going Once, Going Twice -- A Chance to Name a Monkey
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Sue Pleming, Reuters

Britain's Queen Victoria had a pigeon named after her and President Theodore Roosevelt's dedication to conservation earned him an elk bearing his name. Now ordinary people can bid online to officially name an orange and brown monkey documented last year in Bolivia's Madidi National Park, seen by scientists as one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.

World Bank Chief Says Neutral Expert To Be Appointed in Kashmir Dam Dispute
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The World Bank is set to appoint a neutral expert to arbitrate in a dispute between Pakistan and India over a dam being constructed in Indian-held Kashmir, the bank's president said.

Experts Baffled by Finch Die-Off in Alaska
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An increasing number of redpolls are dying off in the Fairbanks area this winter, baffling wildlife biologists. Experts had suspected the red-capped finches were dying of salmonellosis, but preliminary cultures did not confirm the presence of the bacteria.

Mangrove Forests Reduce Impact of Tsunami and Cyclones, Ecological Experts Say
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Archana Mishra, Associated Press

Mangrove forests along coastal shores sharply reduced the impact of the recent tsunami in different parts of Asia, environmental experts meeting in eastern India said Wednesday.

EU Wants to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions Beyond 2012
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union head office proposed plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2012 on Wednesday, arguing that environmental protection need not come at the expense of economic growth if countries work together.

Chemical Company, Officials Indicted on Asbestos-Related Charges
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Maurice Possley, Chicago Tribune

A federal grand jury here indicted W.R. Grace & Co. and seven current and former company officials Monday on charges of conspiring to hide from employees, their families and the public that ore mined near Libby, Mont., was contaminated with a toxic form of asbestos.

Coal Recouped
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Avril, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pennsylvania is littered with vast, abandoned piles of "boney" -- a mixture of coal, rock and clay that chokes the life out of creeks and streams, turning them a sickly shade of yellowish-orange.

Deal Close on Superfund Site's Cleanup
February 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Benjamin Y. Lowe, The Philadelphia Inquirer

East Whiteland Township and the owner of the Cyprus Foote Mineral Co. Superfund site are nearing an agreement on how to clean up the former lithium processing site.

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