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Congo Police, Army Accused of Elephant Poaching
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - David Lewis, Reuters

Congo's police and fractious army have been accused of involvement in rampant elephant poaching that threatens to wipe them out from a world heritage site in the east of the former Zaire, a new study has warned.

Silt Deposits Threaten Coral Life in Tsunami-Hit Southern Indian Islands
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Nirmala George, Associated Press

The tsunami split coral reefs in India's remote Andaman and Nicobar islands chain, burying them under sand deposits and threatening the entire marine habitat in the area, researchers said.

US Forests Cost-Effective against Global Warming, Study Concludes
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Christopher Doering, Reuters

The cost of using forests to remove greenhouse gases from the air could be about the same as cutting pollution with fuel switching or energy efficiency improvements, according to a new report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Shrieking Frogs Unnerve Hawaiian Island
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - B.J. Reyes, Associated Press

A tiny frog with a huge shriek has invaded the Big Island and won't shut up. Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is looking for $2 million to begin controlling the spread of the nocturnal coqui frog, a beloved native in Puerto Rico but considered an annoying pest in Hawaii since hitching a ride over in shipments of tropical plants around 1990.

Army to Study Possibility of Weapons Move, after Assuring it Wouldn't Happen
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - John Norton, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

Despite assurances given Tuesday to Colorado's U.S. senators that chemical weapons would not be moved out of the Pueblo Chemical Depot, the Army is going ahead with plans to study the possibility of shipping chemical weapons around the country and has halted all construction work on a disposal facility here.

Dow Chemical, Michigan Approve Plan on Dioxin
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press

Dow Chemical Co. will take immediate steps to protect residents from dioxin in three Midland neighborhoods and part of the Tittabawassee River valley, the company and the state announced Wednesday.

Barboursville, Va., Residents Win State High Court Mine Ruling
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Earl Swift, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.

For three years, the residents of historic Barboursville have fought plans for a strip mine in their midst, on farmland little changed since colonial days.

Report Says Indiana Utilities Can Cut Mercury Releases into Air by 90 Percent
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Tammy Webber, The Indianapolis Star

Indiana utilities easily could release 90 percent less mercury into the air by the end of the decade without huge rate increases, according to a report released Wednesday by a national environmental group.

US National Zoo Still Struggling, Report Finds
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

The National Zoo in Washington, plagued by a string of animal deaths including red pandas poisoned by rat bait, is improving but staff still needs basic animal care training, the National Research Council said Wednesday.

World's Largest Iceberg Posing Problems
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

The world's largest iceberg appears to have run aground near Antarctica, posing more problems to scientific bases and penguin colonies, where tens of thousands of chicks face starvation, scientists said Thursday.

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