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Indonesian Villagers Drop US$543 Million Lawsuit against Newmont
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Indonesian villagers agreed to drop a US$543 million lawsuit (euro398 million) against Newmont Mining Corp., which was accused of polluting a bay that sickened villagers, lawyers for both sides said Tuesday.

Dredging Helps Save Florida's Lake Panasoffkee from Itself
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Neil Johnson, Tampa Tribune

A 50-foot dredge being outfitted on the eastern shore of this 4,800-acre lake is an unlikely time machine. The hulking assembly of welded steel plates, cables and a pair of mufflers taller than a house could return Lake Panasoffkee to its near pristine condition from when Theodore Roosevelt was president.

Thai Fishery Industry Fears Tsunami Threat to Coral Reefs, Biodiversity
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Phusadee Arunmas and Woranuj Maneerungsee, Bangkok Post

Damage to coral reefs and changes in sand layers as a result of the tidal waves on Sunday has raised concern about marine biodiversity among local fishermen, as Thai waters might no longer be a rich natural resource for certain species.

Study Shows Federal Water Subsidies Go to Largest Farms
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

A handful of large farms get most of the water and subsidy dollars delivered by the country's biggest federal water supply project, according to a study by a national environmental organization.

Oil Contamination Closes Fisheries in Bering Sea Near Grounded Freighter
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Matt Volz, Associated Press

State regulators have banned commercial fishing in the Bering Sea near the wreckage of a grounded freighter where fuel oil has been seeping since early this month.

Global Warming, Pollution Add to Coastal Threats
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A creeping rise in sea levels tied to global warming, pollution and damage to coral reefs may make coastlines even more vulnerable to disasters like tsunamis or storms in future, experts said on Monday.

Tsunami Threatens Survival of Low-Lying Maldives Islands
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Torchia, Associated Press

The tidal waves that swept across the Indian Ocean did more than take a heavy toll of lives and property in the Maldives -- it confronted the tiny island nation with a threat to its survival.

Corpus Christi, Texas, Firm to Drill for Gas in National Seaside Park's Dunes
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - James Pinkerton, Houston Chronicle

With the winter sun gleaming on its full, tawny coat, a lone coyote pauses to watch human visitors as they examine a new gas well in a remote corner of Padre Island National Seashore.

Alaska Oil Spill Damage Now Looks Worse
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Craig Welch, The Seattle Times

More than 600 oiled seabirds have been spotted near a broken ship off Alaska's Aleutian islands, and federal biologists now suspect hundreds or thousands more will be discovered in coming weeks.

Groups Say EPA Sewage Plan Stinks
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Salinero, Tampa Tribune, Fla.

For many years, operators of America's aging, overworked sewer systems have dumped partially treated sewage into rivers and bays.

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