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Officials, Groups Seek to Settle Clean Air Suit
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Streater, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas

Federal officials met with local and state environmental groups last week in an effort to settle a lawsuit that accuses the government of endangering millions of people in Dallas-Fort Worth by failing to take action to clean the air.

California Officials Doubt Natural Seepage Caused Oil Spill Killing Hundreds of Birds
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A mysterious oil spill that killed hundreds of birds on the Southern California coast was probably not caused by natural seepage from the ocean floor, investigators said.

One Month Post-Tsunami, Farmers Face Fallow Fields
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Gardiner, Associated Press

A small, grassy field that once held 200 broad-leafed banana trees now has only a dozen, and their owner is sure they'll die soon. Last month's tsunami swept away coastal crops and poisoned fields with salt, leaving tens of thousands of farmers homeless and snatching away the livings they scraped from the soil.

EarthTalk: Are There Any Car-Free Cities in the World?
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Economically speaking, residents of sprawling cities such as Houston and Atlanta spend an average of 22 percent of their annual income on automobile and related expenses. Cars aren't so great for business, either: A recent study of 32 German cities concluded that fewer cars allowed into a city meant increased foot traffic and more retail sales.

Growing Demand for Liquefied Natural Gas Raises Safety Questions
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Once or twice a week, a tanker unloads millions of gallons of frosty liquid at a terminal on the Chesapeake Bay, bringing to the United States a fuel that many economists believe will help temper energy prices in the coming decades.

Notes from Anna: Bird’s Eye Views -- A Perspective on Eco-Ethics
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Seluyanova, ENN

Years ago when I was in middle school I went with my class to an exhibit of paintings by Nicholas Roerich, hosted by the Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies. I felt an emotion that I could not identify, as I walked through the exhibit space with rows of canvases depicting the views of Himalaya Mountains, painted by Roerich during his stay with his family in that region. The radiant skies and the snow-covered slopes, painted under varied light of different times of day, in vivid pigment, seemed to oxygenate the air in the room.

Government to Allow Oil Exploration in Ecologically Sensitive Alaska Area
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Citing a need for domestic energy, the government plans to open for exploratory drilling thousands of acres on Alaska's North Slope that have been protected for decades because of migratory birds and caribou.

EPA Offers to Limit Fines to Factory-Style Farms in Exchange for Data
January 24, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Seeking data to enforce clean-air laws and possibly develop future regulations, the government on Friday told farms that generate huge amounts of animal waste they can escape potentially large fines if their air pollution is monitored.

GM Wary on Hybrids
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Mateja, Chicago Tribune

Why has General Motors been slow to respond in developing gas/electric cars?

Traffic Barred for a Day in Milan and Some 130 Cities across Northern Italy
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Cars were banned in Milan, Verona and some other 130 cities and towns across northern Italy Sunday to lower air-pollution levels.

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