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Palo Alto, Calif., to Buy 'Green' Power Created by Gas of Decomposing Garbage
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Dan Stober, San Jose Mercury News

Pushing to buy at least 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, Palo Alto has turned to a new supply: rotting garbage in Watsonville.

Government, Missouri Environmental Group Reach Settlement on Clean Water Standards for Lakes and Streams
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Government, Missouri Environmental Group Reach Settlement on Clean Water Standards for Lakes and Streams

The government must make sure Missouri complies with federal clean water standards to protect streams and rivers from bacteria, sewage and mining discharges, according to a consent decree.

Endangered Ferrets Make Comeback in Arizona
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Endangered black-footed ferrets are reproducing more and surviving longer in the wild in Arizona than they have since recovery efforts began nearly a decade ago, wildlife biologists say.

Military Says Quake Destroyed Three-Quarters of Sumatra's Western Coastline
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Lely T. Djuhari, Associated Press

From Indonesia to India, workers rushed to bury corpses to ward off disease Wednesday as cargo planes touched down with promised aid -- from lentils to water purifiers -- to help the region cope with its tsunami catastrophe. The death toll across Asia and Africa soared to nearly 68,000.

Tsunami Swallows Most of Southern Sri Lanka Town
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - David Fox, Reuters

his story is datelined Hambantota, Wednesday, but in reality most of the town doesn't exist anymore. Situated on a narrow strip of land on Sri Lanka's south coast, it fronted the Indian Ocean, while to the rear lay a big lagoon -- partly mangrove and partly reclaimed for salt farming.

Texas Panel Finishes Energy Blueprint
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Julie Breaux, Odessa American

The Texas Energy Planning Council has created a blueprint its members believe will ensure the state remains the nation's leading energy producer.

Villagers Drop Suit Against Denver-Based Mining Firm
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Kelly Yamanouchi, The Denver Post

Indonesian villagers agreed to drop a $543 million lawsuit against PT Newmont Minahasa Raya, a subsidiary of Denver's Newmont Mining Corp., after alleging that mercury waste from the company's Minahasa gold mine polluted Buyat Bay and sickened residents.

Nevada Commission Issues Solar Power Rebates, Adopts 'Green Power' Program
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - John G. Edwards, Las Vegas Review-Journal

State regulators on Tuesday approved solar power rebates for 50 residential and small-business electric customers and adopted a program designed to help independent power developers secure financing for wind, solar and geothermal power projects.

Oil-Spill Cleanup Makes Progress on Mexican Beaches, but Pollution Persists
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos on Monday announced it had recovered about two-thirds of the estimated 5,000-barrels of oil that spilled last week into a river feeding the Gulf of Mexico.

Indonesian Villagers Drop US$543 Million Lawsuit against Newmont
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Indonesian villagers agreed to drop a US$543 million lawsuit (euro398 million) against Newmont Mining Corp., which was accused of polluting a bay that sickened villagers, lawyers for both sides said Tuesday.

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