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World Seen Winning Battle of Water Scarcity
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Byrnes, Reuters

The world is gradually winning its battle to overcome drinking water shortages through better resource management, an international conference on rivers held in Australia last week heard.

U.S. Agriculture Department Killed One Million More Animals in 2004 than in 2003
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

The government killed more than 2.7 million animals considered public nuisances last year, including wild turkeys and chickens, black bears, coyotes and wolves.

California Business, Environmental and Government Leaders Forge Action Plan to Protect Habitat and Guide Growth
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

California business and environmental leaders have laid important groundwork for the healthy growth of communities around the state.

Bermuda Wary of Island's Development Boom
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Carol J. Williams, Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

In a rare collective pause for reflection, the people of this prosperous mid-Atlantic island are debating whether they want to bust their own boom.

Swiss Reinsurance Co. Doubles Katrina Claim Estimate
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Alexander G. Higgins, Associated Press

Swiss Reinsurance Co., the world's second-largest reinsurance company, on Monday doubled to $40 billion its estimate of claims the global insurance industry will face from Hurricane Katrina -- a figure that would make it the world's costliest hurricane ever.

Dynamix Bio-Hazard Clean-Up Crew Arrives in New Orleans
September 12, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Dynamix Corp., an SBA HubZone Certified Small Disadvantaged Business that specializes in providing bio/environmental, Information Technology, and GIS services to federal government entities, has sent an eight person team to New Orleans in support of Hurricane Katrina cleanup.

Popular Walrus Cam To Go Offline for Hunt
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

Popular Web cameras that allow viewers to watch live video of Pacific walruses will be shut off this week at the request of Alaska Natives. Leaders do not want viewers to see the animals shot and butchered during a fall subsistence hunt, fearing widespread Internet images could threaten the tradition.

Pensacola Opposes EPA Plan To Leave Contaminated Soil Untreated
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Pensacola, Fla. city council has voted unanimously to oppose the federal government's plan to leave mounds of contaminated soil untreated at a former wood treating plant.

Controversy Swirls Around Wind Farm Plan
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An energy company wants to build 130 wind turbines, each taller than the Statue of Liberty, near a nature reserve to provide power to tens of thousands of homes.

Taiwan God Pig Sacrifice: Religious Rite or Cruelty?
September 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Tiffany Wu, Reuters

Every year, about 700 pigs are force-fed to gargantuan proportions to participate in competitions which are held by Taiwanese ethnic groups for traditional festivals that incorporate elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Chinese folk religion. Traditional custom is to kill the pigs while they are conscious, even though animal rights advocates say Taiwan law requires pre-slaughter stunning of livestock to ease suffering.

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