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Mexico's State Oil Company Faces Crumbling Infrastructure, Spills
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Alejandro Mendoza, a supervisor for Mexico's state-owned Pemex oil company, gazes out at a pipeline that dumped thousands of barrels of crude into the Coatzacoalcos river.

EPA Plans to Exempt Livestock, Poultry Feed Lots from Air Pollution Fines
January 22, 2005 12:00 AM - David Whitney, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Friday to exempt livestock and poultry operations from future air pollution fines under the Clean Air Act if they agree to pay to finance studies that could lead to new regulations in the next decade or so.

U.N. Says Asian Tsunami Caused Severe Environmental Damage in Indonesia
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Last month's devastating Asian tsunami caused US$675 million (euro522 million) in environmental damage in Indonesia, wrecking mangroves, coral reefs and sea grass beds while hobbling sewerage and other vital systems, the U.N. environmental agency said Friday.

Arizona Park Wants to Kill Exotic Plants
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Saguaro National Park managers are trying to eliminate exotic plants that are threatening to crowd out native vegetation in the Sonoran Desert.

U.S. Seeks to Scuttle Conference Text Linking Climate Change to Disasters
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

The U.S. delegation to a global conference on disasters wants to purge a U.N. action plan of its references to climate change as a potential cause of future natural calamities.

Researchers Find Quahogs Can Neutralize Toxin
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The war on terror could have an unlikely ally in the modest mollusk known as the quahog. Federally funded researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth who injected quahogs with the botulism toxin reached a startling conclusion -- that the shellfish somehow neutralized the poisonous enzyme, which is considered a potential bioterror agent.

Army Corps Agrees NY Wetland Deserves Federal Protection
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A floating pingpong ball and the threat of a lawsuit convinced the Army Corps of Engineers that a small wetland qualifies for federal protection.

Space Mission Lands On Titan, and Other Stories
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Humanity got a glimpse of a strange new world January 14 when the European Space Agency probe Huygens landed on Saturn's moon Titan. Its arrival reveals a sherbet-orange landscape with snaking river channels and rocky sediments.

Rare Giant Pandas Boost Numbers by Almost Half
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Endangered giant pandas have boosted their numbers in the wild by almost half in just a few years thanks to enlarged habitat and improved ecosystems, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

Colorado Scientists Find Chemicals in Waters
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

Scientists have discovered that byproducts of such everyday activities as using anti-bacterial hand soap or zapping mosquitoes with bug spray are winding up in streams and groundwater from the Denver area to remote spots in the Colorado mountains.

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