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Bangor, Maine, Activists Target 'Persistent Polluters'
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News

More than 300,000 pounds of long-lasting toxic chemicals were released into Maine's environment over two years, according to state and federal pollution data.

EPA Fines Phoenix-Based Copper Mining Firm for Emissions Report Errors
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Thomas Stauffer, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Asarco Inc. $80,000 for errors the company made in reporting emissions at its copper smelter in Hayden.

Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture Triggers Massive Mojave Desert Cleanup
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Jennifer Bowles, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.

A nasal-penetrating stench still rises from the sand a month after a ruptured pipeline spewed untold amounts of gasoline up to 80 feet high for hours over a patch of the fragile Mojave Desert.

Mexico Pays Indians Who Threatened Mexico City Water Supply
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mexican water authorities gave almost US$120,000 (euro89,500) to 110 Mazahua Indians on Wednesday to compensate for damages to their land caused by flooding at a dam that supplies water to Mexico City.

EU Divided on Plans to Curb Illegal Timber Trade
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

EU members are divided over a European Commission plan to crack down on the lucrative illegal timber trade by making exporters prove their wood is not from endangered rainforests, officials said on Tuesday.

New Agreement Would Quicken Restoration of Polluted Riverfront in Illinois
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Colias, Associated Press

A new agreement between the former owner of a shuttered oil refinery and government agencies should accelerate by at least a decade the restoration of a polluted stretch of southeastern Illinois riverfront, officials announced Tuesday.

EarthTalk: What Exactly is the 'Greenhouse Effect'?
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

The "greenhouse effect" occurs naturally when heat from the sun enters our atmosphere but cannot escape because it is blocked by water vapor, carbon dioxide and other airborne elements, thereby causing a warming of the Earth.

Students Give New Life to Unwanted Computers
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Kerry McGinley, The Gazette

Don't tell Santa, but a workshop in Colorado Springs is filled with young people happily hacking electronics to bits.

Guatemala Clamps down on Christmas Fir Poachers
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters

olice have seized thousands of branches of an endangered Guatemalan scented fir species used for Christmas trees in a clampdown to protect it against extinction, police said Tuesday.

Scientists Discover New Species in Indonesian Caves
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A team of international scientists has found new fish and insect species, including a monster cockroach, living in caves in Indonesia's remote East Kalimantan province, the group announced Wednesday.

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