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Environmentalists Sue To Stop Logging of Sequoias, Other Trees at California National Monument
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Leff, Associated Press

Environmentalists sued the federal government Thursday over plans to log in central California's Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees.

Yale Study Suggests Chemical Might Cause Hearing Loss in Whales
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A toxic chemical used to prevent barnacles from clinging to ship hulls may cause deafness in marine mammals and could lead whales to beach themselves, Yale researchers say.

ConocoPhillips Agrees to Clean-Air Settlement
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

Houston-based ConocoPhillips, the largest petroleum refiner in the United States, agreed Thursday to spend $525 million to reduce harmful, smog-forming emissions at nine refineries, including two in Texas, and to pay a $4.5 million fine to settle federal charges that it violated air pollution laws.

N.C. Program Aims to Boost Bee Population
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Hartsoe, Associated Press

North Carolina is trying to boost the buzz surrounding the state's crops. As farmers leave tobacco and move into new crops like cucumbers, melons, and berries, the state is confronting a crisis: it simply doesn't have enough honeybees to pollinate all those flowering plants.

Judge Won't Suspend Alaska Wolf Control
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

An animal rights group failed to persuade a judge Thursday to immediately suspend Alaska's aerial wolf control program, which it likened to a slaughter.

China Pandas Laugh All the Way to the Blood Bank
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's endangered pandas, who grab world attention each time they give birth, are now going to have their own blood bank to help to keep their numbers up, state media said on Friday.

Consultants Aid Rebirth of Polluted Sites
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Colleen Diskin, The Record

Thirty years ago, New Jersey was littered with abandoned industries that not only scarred the landscape but also drained the pocketbooks of the companies that owned the polluted land.

Tyson Foods Agrees to Monitor Level of Ammonia Emissions
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - James Mayse, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

On Wednesday, Tyson Foods agreed to monitor poultry operations across the region for ammonia emissions and to report the results of its findings to the Sierra Club.

Senate Panel OKs Bush's Pick for U.S. Energy Secretary
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Sam Bodman, President Bush's pick to be the next U.S. energy secretary, was approved Wednesday by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Small Town in Jungle Creates Dilemma for Authorities
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A judge's order to evict the population of a town established illegally in an Amazon forest reserve has left environmental officials scrambling to find a place for its 1,000 residents.

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