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On Palm Sunday, Churches, Environmentalists Join To Save Rain Forest Palms and Parrots
March 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Selsky, Associated Press

With a sprinkling of holy water, a priest blessed thousands of palm seedlings in a ceremony in Bogota's main park, sealing an unusual Palm Sunday pact between the Roman Catholic Church and environmentalists to save a critically endangered parrot.

Nationwide Drought Hits Home in Thailand's Poor Northeast
March 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Rungrawee C. Pinyorat, Associated Press

Every morning, 59-year-old Kiew Intra rises early to drive her cart several kilometers (miles) to the local disaster relief center in northeastern Thailand, to queue up for a dozen four-liter (one-gallon) jugs of clean water.

EPA, Northeast States Settle Pollution Lawsuit with Ohio Utility
March 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Malia Rulon, Associated Press

An Ohio company will pay $1.1 billion in fines and cleanup costs at four power plants in the second-largest federal settlement with an electric utility over air pollution.

Survey Shows Myanmar's Marine Mammals Not Harmed by Tsunami
March 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The sighting of hundreds of dolphins, whales and porpoises off the southern Myanmar coast has eased concerns that marine mammals may have been affected by December's tsunami, a semiofficial newspaper said Sunday.

Group Plans to Sue Over Arizona River
March 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An environmental group plans to sue the military and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the threatened San Pedro River. The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity claims Fort Huachuca's expansion is hurting the river's water table and its species diversity.

Researchers Study Males' 'Advertising'
March 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Daniel Woolls, Associated Press

When male animals strut their stuff -- the rainbow plumes of peacocks, the mighty tusks of an elephant -- they might be flaunting their potential for fatherhood, researchers in Spain say.

Wal-Mart's California Supercenters Delayed by Environmental Lawsuits
March 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Wasserman, Associated Press

As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. tries to plant dozens of new supercenters in California, lawyers aligned with a variety of opposition groups are using California's tough environmental laws to stall the nation's largest retailer.

Higher Gold Prices Stir New Interest in Western Mines
March 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

As the icy waters of Clark Creek swirl in his gold pan, Ken Anderson expertly reduces the contents, first to small pebbles, then smaller ones, then to a little sand.

Rivers Overspill Banks as Water Levels in Poland Rise
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rivers swollen by melting snow and heavy rain flooded a key highway link to Poland's capital on Thursday and prompted emergency officials to draw up plans to avert further trouble.

Rains Help Mexico Repay Water It Owes U.S., but Could New Drought Bring New Debt?
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Will Weissert, Associated Press

For 12 lean years, Mexico prayed for rain, hoping the water it owed the United States would pour from parched skies over the Rio Grande Basin.

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