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Alaskan Volcano Showing Signs of Erupting
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

A sulfurous steam plume, hundreds of miniature earthquakes and a new swath of ash on snowy Augustine Volcano have scientists looking for a possible eruption.

Rebuilding Gulf Coast's Fishing Industry to Cost $1.2 Billion
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

It will cost an estimated $1.2 billion to rebuild the Gulf Coast's battered commercial fishing industry, federal and state officials say.

Bush Promises New Orleans Bigger, Better Levees
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Deb Riechmann, Associated Press

President Bush pledged on Thursday to rebuild New Orleans' shattered levee system taller and stronger than before Hurricane Katrina struck.

Big Tuna is the New Big Tobacco -- A Guest Commentary
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Eli Saddler, GotMercury.Org

Instead of dealing responsibly with the public health threat of mercury, Big Tuna has taken pages from the tobacco industry’s playbook to claim their products do not cause harm.

Climate, Storms Hit Extremes in 2005
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Evans, Reuters

Catastrophic storms like Hurricanes Katrina and Stan took weather extremes to new levels in 2005, with flooding and heatwaves touching almost every continent.

Groups Sue to Protect Polar Bears
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Three environmental groups sued the federal government Thursday, seeking to protect polar bears from extinction because of disappearing Arctic sea ice.

UN Launches $500 Million Emergency Relief Fund
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Robinson, Reuters

The U.N. General Assembly approved the establishment Thursday of a new $500 million emergency fund aimed at providing swift relief following natural disasters.

Christmas is Damaging the Environment, Report Says
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A report titled "The Hidden Cost of Christmas" calculated the environmental impact of spending on books, clothes, alcohol, electrical appliances and lollies during the festive season.

Collapsed Portion of Reservoir Made of 'Rubble Material'
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Inspectors in Missouri were shocked to discover that the collapsed portion of a mountaintop reservoir was made of rocky "fill" instead of granite.

ENN Weekly: December 12th - 16th
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

ENN summarizes the week's most compelling environmental news stories. This week: Toxic whales, a Great Lakes pact, pollution inequities, a breeding breakthrough, and more.

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