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U.S. Jury Awards Damages for Bomb Plant Contamination
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A federal jury Tuesday awarded $554 million in damages to 12,000 Denver property owners near a former nuclear bomb plant who said their land had been contaminated by plutonium.

Firm Hopes Reopen Long-Dormant California Gold Rush Mine
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Kerana Todorov, Reuters

Half a century after the last major gold mine closed in the heart of California's Gold Country, efforts are under way to revive the industry that lured mass settlement in the 19th century.

Forest Service Cancels Plan to Log Near Grand Canyon
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Beth DeFalco, Associated Press

The federal government has canceled plans to set controlled fires and conduct forest thinning on more than 17,000 acres of old-growth timber near the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

U.S. May Remove Bald Eagles from Endangered List
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

Citing a dramatic increase in the number of bald eagles, the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a plan that could remove the national symbol from protections under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Two Lost Worlds Give Us Hope -- A Guest Commentary
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation

Two lost worlds were in the news last week. One was discovered halfway around the world, but the other is right here in Canada.

Oxford Seeks PC Users to Help Map Climate Change
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Scientists set out on Tuesday to harness the power of home computers to predict climate change more accurately than ever before.

Government May Lose Billions in Oil, Gas Royalties Because of 1995 Law
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Despite record profits, oil and gas producers may avoid billions of dollars in royalty payments to the government because of a decade-old law designed to spur production when energy prices are low.

Early California Was Native American Killing Field
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Ancient Native Americans hunted some species of birds and fish almost to extinction in parts of California, according to research that challenges the Utopian myth that native people always lived in harmony with the land.

India Searches for Ways to Head off Extinction of its Endangered Tigers
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Gavin Rabinowitz, Associated Press

As many as 100,000 tigers are thought to have roamed India 100 years ago. Based on a 2001 census, officials estimate there are just 3,500 tigers left, but conservation activists believe there are far fewer.

Brazil's President Creates New Forest Reserves in Amazon
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Brazil has created two new national parks in the Amazon rain forest and expanded another to preserve an environmentally sensitive region next to where the government plans to pave a major road.

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