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San Francisco Ponders Ecology Tax for Grocery Bags
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Adam Tanner, Reuters

San Francisco, which has long prided itself on environmentally friendly policies, is debating whether it should become the first U.S. city to tax grocery bags to encourage recycling.

Ecuador Foreign Ministry Says Colombian Anti-Drug Spraying Not Harming Border Region
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A scientific study shows that Colombia's aerial spraying of drug crops has not contaminated Ecuador's border region, the foreign ministry said Monday.

Report Says Global Warming at Critical Point
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Johnson, Associated Press

Global warming is approaching the point of no return, after which widespread drought, crop failure and rising sea levels will be irreversible, an international climate change task force warned Monday.

Report Warns of Toxins in Baltic Fish
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union should push through restrictions on the industrial use of chemicals to cut pollution affecting fish in the Baltic Sea, a leading environmental group says in a report released Tuesday.

Feds Adopt Plan for Drilling on Vast New Mexico Grassland; State, Conservationists Vow Fight
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Montova Bryan, Associated Press

Despite protests by the governor and environmentalists, the federal government decided to open nearly all of New Mexico's vast Otero Mesa for exploratory drilling but vowed that the oil and gas industry won't have a "free-for-all."

Aquila to Burn Biomass in Canon City
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Tucker, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

Aquila's W.N. Clark Generating Station is undergoing a process that could help maintain the health of the state's national forests and reduce the toxic emissions from the coal-fired power plant.

Iowa Wind Farm Expansion Planned
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald, Neb.

MidAmerican Energy Co. is proposing to expand the wind farm it is building in Iowa -- a project that already is one of the largest on land.

Livestock Groups, EPA Agree on Air Monitoring
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Clayton, Omaha World-Herald, Neb.

Large livestock operations have finalized an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, agreeing to two years of air-quality monitoring in exchange for legal protections for past violations.

Monsanto to Buy Seminis
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim McLain, Ventura County Star, Calif.

Seminis Inc., the giant Oxnard fruit and vegetable seed producer, is being sold to Monsanto Co. for $1.4 billion, more than double what the sellers paid for it just 16 months ago, the companies announced Monday.

Glades Reservoir Proposal Encounters Some Opposition
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald

A new science report questions whether there will be enough water left to restore the Everglades as suburbia eats at its edges, and it suggests reconsidering some touchy places to store it: Namely, Lake Okeechobee and the vast sugar and farm fields south of the lake, locations already neck-deep in water and growth disputes.

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