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U.N. Agency Says Debris in Pakistan's Quake Zone Could Pose Serious Health Risks
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Debris and waste left uncleared since last month's massive earthquake in Pakistan could become toxic and pose serious health dangers, a U.N. agency warned Sunday.

Mexico Sees Bigger Butterfly Migration This Year
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Anahi Rama, Reuters

Wildlife officials say good weather should bring a surge in the number of monarch butterflies migrating to Mexico this year, after last year's cold resulted in the lowest numbers in more than a decade.

New Wave of Hybrids Offer More Mean, Less Green
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

When automakers rolled out the first hybrid cars, drivers who wanted their spectacular fuel economy had to settle for weird shapes and a lack of luxury options.

Surge in U.S. Sea Lion Numbers Angers Fishermen
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Many fishermen in the U.S. Northwest are unhappy about a surge in sea lion numbers over the past 25 years. The animals are eating fish, including endangered Pacific salmon, and depleting catches.

Smoggy Manila Speeds Compliance with Clean Air Law
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Manny Mogato, Reuters

The Philippines was stepping up emission enforcement measures to comply with its clean air law, officials said on Friday, concerned over the choking levels of air pollution in Manila and three other major cities.

Bangladesh's Rivers are Both Curse and Lifeline
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Ania Ahmed, Reuters

At the end of the monsoon season, the river that brings misery to thousands of Bangladeshis almost every year looks more like a big canal, with people and cattle walking across through knee-deep water.

Anglers' Fish May Have Too Much Mercury
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - M.J. Ellington, Decatur Daily

People who catch and eat a lot of their own fish may take in too much mercury, say environmentalists who want stricter mercury level standards for state waterways. People who buy their fish commercially generally do not run the same risk because fish sold through interstate commerce are screened to make sure their mercury levels are acceptable.

Plan To Restore Great Lakes Appears Sunk
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press

Federal officials say they won't pay for the $20-billion plan President George W. Bush sought last year to improve the health of the Great Lakes by restoring coastal wetlands and keeping out sewage and invaders like zebra mussels.

Mexican Divers Try To Fix Storm-Wracked Coral Reef
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

Mexican scuba divers are struggling in surging seas to repair one of the world's biggest coral reefs after it was badly damaged by Hurricane Wilma last month. Buffeted by strong currents, it takes three divers to hold broken chunks of coral in place and tie them down with plastic straps that are tricky to fasten even above the surface.

Energy Company Uses Waste Fuel, Old Engine
November 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, Detroit Free Press

A small energy company in Ann Arbor has come up with a new way to generate electricity from some very unusual fuels: waste gases from landfills, sewage treatment plants and even auto assembly plants.

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