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Government Issues Cleanup Guidelines for 'Dirty Bomb' Attack
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The government issued cleanup standards Tuesday for a "dirty bomb" terrorist attack that would in some cases be far less rigorous than what is required for Superfund sites, nuclear power plants and nuclear waste dumps.

Law Bans Most Mercury from Products
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Brandie Jefferson, The Providence Journal

In an attempt to reduce, and eventually eliminate, mercury from finding its way into Narragansett Bay, the sale of items with more than one gram of mercury was prohibited as of Sunday, when a new Rhode Island law took effect.

Three Automakers To Unveil Hybrid Plans
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

General Motors Corp. of the United States and German automakers DaimlerChrysler AG and BMW AG will unveil their respective gasoline-electric hybrid car strategies during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

One Person Killed, More than a Thousand Displaced in Malawi Floods
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Raphael Tanthani, Associated Press

Flood waters have swept through at least six villages in Malawi's Lower Shire Valley, killing one person and displacing more than a thousand in recent days, officials said Monday.

Mexico Peasants Take up Machetes against Acapulco Dam
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

Due to be completed in 2012, La Parota will be one of Mexico's biggest dams, flooding swathes of forest and subsistence farmland around the Papagayo River.

Science and the Environment: The Challenges of Reaching the Public -- A Guest Commentary
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ellen Prager, PhD

The call to bring more science more effectively to the public has grown significantly louder and broader over the past several years. But alas, we face major obstacles in public outreach both within the scientific community and outside of its bounds.

On Beyond Organic: Food Marketing & Kids
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

According to the Institute of Medicine, $10 billion a year is spent marketing food to children. How many of those dollars are put toward healthy food messaging?

Northern California Cleans up as Storms Move South
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Kahn, Reuters

Residents in California's wine country began cleaning up Monday as officials reopened roads after two powerful storms caused an estimated tens of millions of dollars in damage.

One Tail Hair Reveals Elephant's Life Tale
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press

Lewis had gourmet taste: Whenever the dry season browned grass in his Kenyan sanctuary, he'd race off to raid farmers' corn fields. A foot-long hair plucked from his tail tells the story.

U.S. Government Mulls Options for Protecting Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

While the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have been protected for nearly a century as a refuge, the surrounding reefs are entering a critical year for their protection in 2006.

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