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Nordic Countries Claim Four of Top Five Spots in Environmental Sustainability Survey
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Moore, Associated Press

The Nordic countries ranked highest in environmental sustainability, a survey released Friday at the World Economic Forum reported.

Environmentalists Sue Feds To Stop Mining Companies from Dumping Mountain Tops into Valleys
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Roger Alford, Associated Press

Environmentalists have sued the federal government in an attempt to stop coal mining companies from lopping off the tops of mountains and dumping the rocks and dirt into valleys.

Endangered Condors Return to Andes Skies
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Vanessa Nichols, Associated Press

Timidly taking its first steps in the wild, the young condor perches on a rocky plateau as a hot breeze swirls upward from the barren Patagonian landscape.

Environmentalists Sue To Stop Logging of Sequoias, Other Trees at California National Monument
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Leff, Associated Press

Environmentalists sued the federal government Thursday over plans to log in central California's Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to two-thirds of the world's largest trees.

Yale Study Suggests Chemical Might Cause Hearing Loss in Whales
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A toxic chemical used to prevent barnacles from clinging to ship hulls may cause deafness in marine mammals and could lead whales to beach themselves, Yale researchers say.

ConocoPhillips Agrees to Clean-Air Settlement
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

Houston-based ConocoPhillips, the largest petroleum refiner in the United States, agreed Thursday to spend $525 million to reduce harmful, smog-forming emissions at nine refineries, including two in Texas, and to pay a $4.5 million fine to settle federal charges that it violated air pollution laws.

N.C. Program Aims to Boost Bee Population
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Hartsoe, Associated Press

North Carolina is trying to boost the buzz surrounding the state's crops. As farmers leave tobacco and move into new crops like cucumbers, melons, and berries, the state is confronting a crisis: it simply doesn't have enough honeybees to pollinate all those flowering plants.

Judge Won't Suspend Alaska Wolf Control
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

An animal rights group failed to persuade a judge Thursday to immediately suspend Alaska's aerial wolf control program, which it likened to a slaughter.

China Pandas Laugh All the Way to the Blood Bank
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's endangered pandas, who grab world attention each time they give birth, are now going to have their own blood bank to help to keep their numbers up, state media said on Friday.

Consultants Aid Rebirth of Polluted Sites
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Colleen Diskin, The Record

Thirty years ago, New Jersey was littered with abandoned industries that not only scarred the landscape but also drained the pocketbooks of the companies that owned the polluted land.

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