The 'Hole' Pulls Back, but 'Red Days' and Danger Linger On
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press
The worst of the ozone hole has pulled back once more to Antarctica this southern spring, leaving behind a shadow of uncertainty for the people living at the bottom of the Americas.
Thai Pachyderms Ambush Food Trucks
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Sutin Wannabovorn, Associated Press
These pachyderms aren't just going after peanuts. Elephants in a wildlife sanctuary in eastern Thailand are using their oversize bodies as road blocks, ambushing vehicles transporting sugar cane, tapioca and fruit, the sanctuary's chief says.
Congress Halts Diversion from Conservation Programs
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press
David Petty plants corn and soybeans along the contours of his farm's rolling hills, trapping runoff water and reducing erosion. He has a sophisticated watering system on his land in Eldora, Iowa, that keeps his cattle moving so they do not overgraze.
EPA Says 225 Counties Fail to Meet Clean Air Standards
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday identified 225 counties in 20 states that don't meet new clean air standards designed to protect against one of the tiniest but most harmful pollutants -- microscopic soot.
Cabinet-Level Committee to Oversee Ocean Policies
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Sarah Frank, Chicago Tribune
President Bush created a Cabinet-level committee Friday to oversee the nation's ocean and Great Lakes policies, but some environmentalists voiced concerns that the initiative could be underfunded and eventually ineffective.
Company Polluted Nitro, W.Va., with Dioxin, Lawsuit Says
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.
For more than 50 years, the Monsanto Co. plant in Nitro churned out herbicides, rubber products and other chemicals.
Alaska Mine First in Nation with Certified Environmental Program
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage
The Red Dog lead and zinc mine in Northwest Alaska has become the first mine in the nation and one of a handful in the world to have its environmental management systems certified under ISO 14001, a stringent international standard.
Workers Face Tough Battle Against Alaskan Oil Spill Amid Icy Seas
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Craig Welch, The Seattle Times
Scott Halama, his cheeks crimson from biting winds, dragged a yellow oil boom across an estuary, straining to refashion a barrier destroyed by the night's raging surf.
The Word on Weird Fruits, in Ask Umbra
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine
A reader spotted an unusual fruit at her local market, allegedly a "golden kiwi," though larger than the kiwis she was familiar with, and fuzz-less. What, she asks Umbra, is this thing, and what nefarious corporate technological shenanigans are behind it? Umbra reassures that there are more fruits in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in her philosophy -- in Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website.
Danube Recovering from Pollution, but Faces New Threats from Growing Eastern Economies
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Susanna Loof, Associated Press
The fragile ecosystems in the Danube river have recovered from high pollution levels in the 1970s and 1980s but face new threats with the eastern expansion of the European Union, a U.N. official said.