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Scientists Say Greenland Glaciers Retreating
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Two of Greenland's largest glaciers are retreating at an alarming pace, most likely because of climate warming, scientists said Wednesday. But researchers at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union also presented studies of the retreat of Alaska's Columbia Glacier that suggest more complexity in the processes of glacial melt.

EU Governments Agree on Rules To Tackle Pollution from Mining Waste
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union on Wednesday announced an agreement on rules to curb pollution caused by waste from mines and quarries. The new law requires EU governments to monitor and control how mining companies handle silt, coal ash, waste rock and contaminated or toxic materials taken from mines and seek to prevent such waste seeping into rivers, lakes or reservoirs.

Pittsburgh Brewing Files for Bankruptcy over Water, Sewage Bills
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Daniel Lovering, Associated Press

Pittsburgh Brewing Co., the maker of Iron City Beer, filed for protection from creditors under federal bankruptcy regulations Wednesday after failing to pay $2.5 million in water and sewage bills.

State of the Emerging Global Greenhouse Market
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Developers of greenhouse gas markets already launched in Europe and planned in other regions of the world hope one day to form links between the markets to help reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases.

General Electric Not Required To Complete Cleanup of PCBs from Hudson River, Says New York Official
December 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Gormley, Associated Press

A federal plan requiring General Electric Co. to dredge PCB-contaminated sediment from the Hudson River will allow further delays and doesn't require the company to finish the cleanup, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Wednesday.

New Lakes in Pakistani Quake Zone Endanger Thousands
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Zeeshan Haider, Reuters

The collapse of a mountainside triggered by the deadly Oct. 8 earthquake in Pakistani Kashmir blocked two major streams creating huge lakes that could endanger up to 12,000 people, the military said on Tuesday.

Research Team Finds More Toxic Contamination around U.S.-Owned Smelter in Peru
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Vecchio, Associated Press

Townspeople in La Oroya, a smoke-choked Andean town where St. Louis-based Doe Run Co. operates a metallurgical plant, have levels of toxic heavy metals in their bodies as much as 30 times higher than what is normal in the United States, according to a U.S. study released Tuesday.

Canada Environmentalists Demand Protection for Owls
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A coalition of environmental groups filed a suit Tuesday demanding Canada protect northern spotted owls from being driven to extinction by logging on the Pacific Coast. The suit estimates only 23 of the wild birds survive in British Columbia, and accuses federal officials of failing to prevent the province from allowing loggers to cut down the old growth forests they need as habitat.

Lawyer of 'Erin Brockovich' Fame Dies Age 73
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Edward Masry, the environmental lawyer portrayed by Albert Finney in the hit movie "Erin Brockovich," has died at the age of 73, his law firm said Tuesday. Masry died Monday from complications of diabetes, ending a 40-year legal career in the Los Angeles area that ranged from criminal defense to cases involving toxic contamination.

Red, Catlike Animal May Be a New Species
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A catlike creature photographed by camera traps on Borneo Island is likely to be a new species of carnivore, the World Wildlife Fund said Tuesday. If confirmed, the animal -- which has dark red fur and a long, bushy tail -- would be first new carnivore species discovered on the island since 1895, when the Borneo ferret-badger was found, the fund said.

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