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EPA Watchdog Finds Security Lapses in Remote Controls for Water Systems
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Water utilities have installed computer-based remote controls "with little attention paid to security," leaving valves, pumps and chemical mixers for water supplies vulnerable to cyber-attack, according to an Environmental Protection Agency report.

Rising Seas Threaten Islands, Cities, Coasts
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

It sounds insignificant alongside the Indian Ocean tsunami, yet an almost imperceptible annual rise in the world's oceans may pose a huge threat to ports, coasts and islands by 2100.

Sierra Club Blasts University of Central Florida for Stadium Plans
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - David Damron, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

UCF's sudden drive to build an on-campus stadium has opened the door for a wider challenge to the school's controversial growth plan.

Graniteville, S.C., Mill Officials Fear Equipment Damage from Chlorine Leak
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Nesbitt, The Augusta Chronicle, Ga.

Avondale Mills officials are still waiting to do a damage assessment of the seven plants and related offices shut down by the Norfolk Southern train wreck, but have been warned by chemical experts to expect massive damage from the corrosive chlorine leak that killed nine people, a company official said Monday.

Hurricanes May Have Spared Manatees
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The fury of four hurricanes in Florida may have spared the state's endangered manatee population from further decline.

Study Urges Water Conservation on Farms
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Johnson, Associated Press

A growing population coupled with diminishing fresh water supplies should force major changes in the way the world's farmers water their crops in the coming decades, a recent study recommends.

Salt's Impact on Mountain Lakes Studied
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Esch, Associated Press

Scientists are researching the long-term environmental effects of winter road maintenance, using the Cascade Lakes near Lake Placid as a laboratory.

Beijing to Plant Rooftop Grass to Clean Away Smog
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Polluted Beijing is planning to clean up its act by planting grass on rooftops, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Notes from Anna: Hip, Small, and Green -- The Tiny Abode Is All the Rage
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Seluyanova, ENN

A wave of recent articles in print and online touched on the theme of the ideal dwelling. I felt compelled to contribute my two cents to the discussion when I opened this month's issue of Utne magazine, to find a photo of the house that I -- as a child of six -- had conjured up in my imagination: a small, transparent glass cabin, set amidst ferns and green trees.

Endangered Sea Turtles Hit by Tsunami
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Rungrawee C. Pinyorat, Associated Press

Endangered sea turtles were also casualties of the tsunami, with the monster waves possibly hastening their extinction, a marine expert said Saturday.

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