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China to Spend $3.3 Billion on Songhua River Cleanup
January 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China has earmarked 26.6 billion yuan ($3.3 bln) to make water from its recently poisoned Songhua river drinkable by 2010, the Beijing Youth Daily reported on Sunday.

Fishermen Say Chinook Salmon Are Smaller
January 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Talbot, Associated Press

Tanana fisherman Charlie Campbell doesn't need scientific studies or empirical data to prove Yukon River chinook salmon -- the mighty king of the species -- are getting smaller.

Federal Program to Reduce Oil Consumption Increases It
January 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

A federal push for cars that run on an alternative fuel straight from the heartland isn't winning many converts among American drivers -- but is a hit with automakers who use it to skirt mileage standards.

Environmentalists Worry on China's Kangs
January 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Joe McDonald, Associated Press

Li Xiulan says that for all of her 73 winters in China's frigid northeast, her best weapon against the biting cold has been a pile of bricks.

Deadly Landslide in Indonesia Sets off Debate over Role of Logging in Disaster
January 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Landslides and flash floods in Indonesia that killed as many as 240 people have set off a heated debate over the role logging may have played in the disaster that covered scores of homes in mud and rock.

Receding Groundwater Threatens Boston's Historic Legacy
January 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Maguire, Associated Press

Groundwater levels have been dropping for years in some Boston neighborhoods, exposing the wooden supports that have propped up the city for more than a century.

Debate Swirls as Wind Power Grows Rapidly
January 9, 2006 12:00 AM - John Christoffersen, Associated Press

Giant windmills -- on scenic mountain ridges, prairie grass and even an Indian reservation -- are spinning an unusual debate that is dividing leading environmentalists.

Stockholm Residents Choke on New Congestion Charge
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Niklas Pollard, Reuters

On an overcast winter morning, traffic heading into Stockholm on the main route from the north is heavy, but it is moving -- unlike the rush-hour gridlock typical in some metropolitan centers.

U.S. Tsunami Alert System Streamlined
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

When word of a big earthquake comes in the middle of the night, geophysicist Bruce Turner takes five minutes to fumble for his beeper, throw on a coat, scrape the ice off his windshield, drive a mile to work and transmit a tsunami alert.

Tourists Flock to Chinese City Festival, Assured that River No Longer Contaminated
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Audra Ang, Associated Press

For Harbin resident Zhao Lichun, enjoying the city's giant sculptures made from ice from the Songhua River is an annual tradition -- even six weeks after a toxic spill polluted the river.

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