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In the Economics of Global Warming, Pig Emissions Have a Part to Play
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

Pig manure in Chile will keep neon lights glowing on Tokyo's Ginza in years to come. It's a grand north-south tradeoff to slow global warming: You reduce your "greenhouse gas" emissions so I don't have to cut back on mine.

Tribes, Environmentalists Clash over Proposed Casino in Columbia River Gorge
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

For 12,000 years or more, Columbia River tribes gathered nearby to do business with distant tribes. Now they want to come back -- to deal blackjack and poker.

Palo Alto, Calif., to Buy 'Green' Power Created by Gas of Decomposing Garbage
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Dan Stober, San Jose Mercury News

Pushing to buy at least 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, Palo Alto has turned to a new supply: rotting garbage in Watsonville.

Government, Missouri Environmental Group Reach Settlement on Clean Water Standards for Lakes and Streams
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Government, Missouri Environmental Group Reach Settlement on Clean Water Standards for Lakes and Streams

The government must make sure Missouri complies with federal clean water standards to protect streams and rivers from bacteria, sewage and mining discharges, according to a consent decree.

Endangered Ferrets Make Comeback in Arizona
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Endangered black-footed ferrets are reproducing more and surviving longer in the wild in Arizona than they have since recovery efforts began nearly a decade ago, wildlife biologists say.

Military Says Quake Destroyed Three-Quarters of Sumatra's Western Coastline
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Lely T. Djuhari, Associated Press

From Indonesia to India, workers rushed to bury corpses to ward off disease Wednesday as cargo planes touched down with promised aid -- from lentils to water purifiers -- to help the region cope with its tsunami catastrophe. The death toll across Asia and Africa soared to nearly 68,000.

Tsunami Swallows Most of Southern Sri Lanka Town
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - David Fox, Reuters

his story is datelined Hambantota, Wednesday, but in reality most of the town doesn't exist anymore. Situated on a narrow strip of land on Sri Lanka's south coast, it fronted the Indian Ocean, while to the rear lay a big lagoon -- partly mangrove and partly reclaimed for salt farming.

Texas Panel Finishes Energy Blueprint
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Julie Breaux, Odessa American

The Texas Energy Planning Council has created a blueprint its members believe will ensure the state remains the nation's leading energy producer.

Villagers Drop Suit Against Denver-Based Mining Firm
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Kelly Yamanouchi, The Denver Post

Indonesian villagers agreed to drop a $543 million lawsuit against PT Newmont Minahasa Raya, a subsidiary of Denver's Newmont Mining Corp., after alleging that mercury waste from the company's Minahasa gold mine polluted Buyat Bay and sickened residents.

Nevada Commission Issues Solar Power Rebates, Adopts 'Green Power' Program
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - John G. Edwards, Las Vegas Review-Journal

State regulators on Tuesday approved solar power rebates for 50 residential and small-business electric customers and adopted a program designed to help independent power developers secure financing for wind, solar and geothermal power projects.

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