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Environmental Group Seeks Limits on Mercury
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Pennsylvania environmental group said it will urge the state Department of Environmental Protection to move forward with stricter mercury regulations, despite a letter sent by three legislators who say they're not necessary.

Air Texans Breathe Being Polluted by 'Accident'
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Anton Caputo, San Antonio Express-News

Texas is turning a blind eye as state refineries and industrial plants spew millions of pounds of "accidental" pollution each year, a new report charges. At issue are events called "upset pollution" -- theoretically unavoidable incidents where facilities have to burn off chemicals, typically during start-up, shutdown, maintenance or mechanical malfunction.

Crew to Track Monarch Butterflies
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Will Weissert, Associated Press

The annual arrival of millions of Monarch butterflies from the forests of eastern Canada to the central Mexican mountains for the winter is an aesthetic and scientific wonder. And this year, they won't be flying alone.

New York Authorities Battle Intruding Snakehead Fish
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The snakehead fish, a voracious predator from Asia, has taken up residence in a lake in New York, and experts are mulling options, including salt and poison, to evict it. Snakeheads, which can grow to about three feet long , have the capacity to ravage the local fish population.

The New White House Orthodoxy: Green Is Good
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Frazer Nelson, The Business, London

The Kyoto Protocol? Darling, that was so last century. Even the Japanese, who founded it, have moved on to the next big thing. The plastic wristbands aren't yet printed, but the new logo is ready: growth is green.

South Korean Scientists Clone First Dog
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

South Korea's pioneering stem cell scientist has cloned a dog, smashing another biological barrier and reigniting a fierce ethical debate -- while producing a perky, lovable puppy.

'The Columbia” A River That Died and Was Reborn as Money' -- A Guest Commentary
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Buck Parker, Earthjustice

“The Columbia” a river that died and was reborn as money.” Historian Donald Worster’s bleak yet apt observation captures the transformation of the Columbia and Snake River system into an economic engine whose purpose is to provide commodities—water, transportation, flood control and hydroelectricity.

Official Says Pelican Exodus Not Alarming
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

A top federal wildlife official says the pelican mystery at the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge may be a natural correction. Nearly 30,000 white pelicans abandoned the refuge last year, leaving eggs and chicks behind.

Grad Student Believes Wood May Replace Oil
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A University of Idaho graduate student believes the answer to the world's crude oil crisis grows on trees. Juan Andres Soria says he has developed a process that turns wood into bio-oil, a substance similar to crude oil.

Virginia Officials Educate Immigrant Communities about U.S. Environmental Laws
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Dionne Walker, Associated Press

One year after a bear parts sting landed dozens of Asians in jail, Virginia officials are pursuing more effective ways to educate the state's diverse communities about environmental laws that often clash with cultural traditions.

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