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Chinese Fish Farms, Deemed Safe Suppliers to Hong Kong, are Dried-Out or Don't Exist
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Several mainland Chinese fish farms selected by authorities to provide Hong Kong with safe freshwater fish either don't exist or are dried pools slated for urban development, local media reported Wednesday.

U.S. States Fight EPA on Greenhouse Gases
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A group of U.S. states Tuesday challenged a July court ruling upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's refusal to regulate greenhouse gas emission, a factor in global warming.

Western States Sue Bush Administration Over Decision To Open Pristine Forests
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

California, New Mexico and Oregon sued the Bush administration Tuesday over the government's decision to allow road building, logging and other commercial ventures on more than 90,000 square miles of untouched forests.

Dry, Hot Weather Ignites Big Alaska Wildfire Season
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Successive hot summers, vast swaths of insect-weakened trees and lightning strikes have combined to torch about 4 million acres of forest in Alaska this summer, nearly tying the state's third-largest fire season on record, federal and state officials said Tuesday.

Judge Blocks Plan To Poison Sierra Stream, and State Says It'll Drop the Idea
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A federal judge on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction barring wildlife officials from poisoning a Sierra waterway in an attempt to recover a rare species trout.

EPA Offers Liability Protection To Spur Mining Cleanups
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Cheryl Wittenauer, Associated Press

Environmental groups that volunteer to help government and businesses clean up waste from mine drainage in the West won't be held liable if there are future disputes over the pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

Ozone Layer Has Stopped Shrinking, U.S. Study Finds
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The ozone layer has stopped shrinking but it will take decades to start recovering, U.S. scientists reported Tuesday. They said an international agreement to limit production of ozone-depleting chemicals has apparently worked, but the damage to ozone has not been halted completely.

California Air Regulators Want To Put Cork in Wine Pollution
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Napa and Sonoma may attract wine connoisseurs and tourists to their bucolic settings to taste well-known wines, but the San Joaquin Valley has long been the industry workhorse, producing most of the nation's wine. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is considering imposing the nation's first air quality control on wineries, focusing on the largest vintners.

U.S. Sued Over Toad at Center of Roberts' Case
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

An environmental group and a Christian prayer network have joined forces to sue the Bush administration over the fate of an endangered toad -- the same "hapless" amphibian at the center of a legal opinion by U.S. Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.

'What Hiroshima Looked Like' -- Katrina's Full Wrath Still Being Felt, Death Toll Soars Past 100
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Brett Martel, Associated Press

Rescuers along the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast pushed aside the dead to reach the living Tuesday in a race against time and rising waters, while New Orleans sank deeper into crisis and Louisiana's governor ordered storm refugees out of this drowning city.

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