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China to Boost Coal Output to Record Levels Despite Environmental Worries
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China plans to boost coal output by up to 18 percent before 2010 to meet soaring energy needs despite environmental concerns, a government newspaper quoted an industry official as saying.

Louisiana Faces an Unimaginable Scenario: An Exodus from the Coast
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Once the salt water is in your veins, Louisiana's coastal folk say, it's hard to give up the lifestyle of moonlit shrimping trips, the town "fais do-do" dances and afternoons spent on the bayous angling for catfish.

Rifle Range Getting the Boot from State Park in Montana as Times Change
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Susan Gallagher, Associated Press

Erosion by wind and water is a big part of the story at Makoshika State Park, a place of badlands and dinosaur fossils, bobcats and bluebirds. Now some people who enjoy firing guns at a range there fear erosion of what they have come to view as an entitlement.

EPA Study Clears Way for Regulating Small-Engine Pollution
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency cleared the way Friday for regulations to limit pollution from lawn mowers, jet skis and similar small machines.

Alaska Volcano's Web Site Becomes Internet Hot Spot
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Anyone with an Internet connection and a computer can peer into the steaming summit of an erupting volcano without risking death, thanks to about 30 cameras and other recording devices set up on Alaska's Augustine Volcano.

U.S. Government Plan to Line Canal with Concrete Sparks Mexican Opposition
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Elliott Spagat, Associated Press

Despite its name, the All-American Canal has been leaking water to the Mexican side of the desert border for more than 60 years, nourishing alfalfa, onion and cotton crops that might otherwise wither.

World's Water Problems, and Solutions, Can Be Found on the Farm
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Eliminating water waste and mismanagement on farms -- rather than building dams or diverting rivers -- would go far toward alleviating the world's water crisis, officials and activists gathered at forum in Mexico City said.

Court Rejects Bush Administration Power Plant Pollution Rule
March 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

In a big win for environmentalists, a federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Bush administration rule that would have made it easier for coal-burning power plants to make equipment changes without installing controls to fight the pollution that would result.

Great Lakes Gray Wolves No Longer Endangered
March 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Lisa Lambert, Reuters

The Interior Department Thursday proposed to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the federal list of endangered and threatened species.

Halliburton Expert Warned Water for Iraq Troops May Have Been Unsafe
March 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Larry Margasak, Associated Press

A Halliburton Co. expert warned in an internal report last year that the contractor had failed to ensure safe washing water for U.S. troops throughout Iraq, and the Pentagon's internal watchdog said Thursday it will investigate the matter.

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