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U.S. Seeks to Scuttle Conference Text Linking Climate Change to Disasters
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

The U.S. delegation to a global conference on disasters wants to purge a U.N. action plan of its references to climate change as a potential cause of future natural calamities.

Researchers Find Quahogs Can Neutralize Toxin
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The war on terror could have an unlikely ally in the modest mollusk known as the quahog. Federally funded researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth who injected quahogs with the botulism toxin reached a startling conclusion -- that the shellfish somehow neutralized the poisonous enzyme, which is considered a potential bioterror agent.

Army Corps Agrees NY Wetland Deserves Federal Protection
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A floating pingpong ball and the threat of a lawsuit convinced the Army Corps of Engineers that a small wetland qualifies for federal protection.

Space Mission Lands On Titan, and Other Stories
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Humanity got a glimpse of a strange new world January 14 when the European Space Agency probe Huygens landed on Saturn's moon Titan. Its arrival reveals a sherbet-orange landscape with snaking river channels and rocky sediments.

Rare Giant Pandas Boost Numbers by Almost Half
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Endangered giant pandas have boosted their numbers in the wild by almost half in just a few years thanks to enlarged habitat and improved ecosystems, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

Colorado Scientists Find Chemicals in Waters
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

Scientists have discovered that byproducts of such everyday activities as using anti-bacterial hand soap or zapping mosquitoes with bug spray are winding up in streams and groundwater from the Denver area to remote spots in the Colorado mountains.

Ohio Wildlife Officials Consider Allowing Otter Trapping after Success of Reintroduction Programs
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Carrie Spencer, Associated Press

The wily and playful river otter was once on the verge of extinction in Ohio. Now they're thriving -- and causing so much damage that wildlife officials are considering allowing hunters to trap them.

UN Storm Brews over Hurricane-Global Warming Link
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

A U.S. government hurricane scientist has resigned from the United Nations' science panel on climate change because, he said, a lead author in the group had too strongly linked global warming to hurricanes.

Workers Try to Contain Oil from Sunken Tanker in Chicago Canal
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune

A day after a barge exploded and sank in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, authorities suspended their search for a missing crew member and worked to contain the viscous petroleum byproduct that oozed from the wreckage.

Maine Forestlands in Times of Change
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb,Bangor Daily News, Maine

Maine's North Woods are in a time of transition with huge swaths of land changing hands almost weekly, paper mills struggling to survive in a new global market, and multimillion-dollar homes being constructed inside a vast wilderness.

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