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Conservation Deal Takes Unusual Tack
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Rojas-Burke, The Oregonian

A string of privately owned islands on the Columbia River near Longview, Wash., has been set aside for wildlife conservation, adding to a growing corridor of marshes, forests and flood plains managed by the Vancouver-based Columbia Land Trust.

India Way Down on World Green Index
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - The Times of India

India is all set to be the next economic superpower, but it is still bottom of the class in conserving natural resources and providing clean drinking water. A new environment sustainability index ranks India as one of the worst polluters, rating it 101 of 146 countries when assessed on parameters like air pollution, biodiversity and water quality.

EU Reports Thinning Ozone Layer over Arctic; Possible Threat to Human Health
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Raf Casert, Associated Press

Record low temperatures over the North Pole are thinning the protective ozone layer, a condition which could affect human health in northern countries and even central European nations, the European Union warned Monday.

Farmers Looking at Methane Digesters to Create Energy from Cow Manure
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Laurie Savage, The Frederick News-Post

Frederick County farmers are assessing the viability of methane digesters on their farms to save money, better utilize their resources and help the environment. Digesters capture gases from cattle manure to turn into energy.

EU Commission Proposes Phasing out Exports to Combat Mercury Pollution
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Commission announced plans Monday to reduce mercury pollution, including phasing out all mercury exports by 2011.

Scientists Keep Eye on Alaska Volcanoes
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists continue to monitor two volcanoes that the Alaska Volcano Observatory says could send dangerous ash into the air at any time.

Sri Lanka's Beaches Will Recover but Coral Damaged
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Most of Sri Lanka's golden beaches battered by the Asian tsunami are expected to take up to six months to return to normal but their fragile coral reefs will take longer, a global environment group said on Tuesday.

China Presses Three Gorges Project to Heed Rules
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's environmental watchdog, flexing its limited muscles to try to clean up industry, may take the operators of the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project, to court, state media said on Tuesday.

Goals of the Exeter Climate Conference
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Climate scientists from around the world gathered in southwestern England on Tuesday to discuss the crisis of global warming. They are considering three primary questions.

British Minister Opens International Conference on Climate Change
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Johnson, Associated Press

The British government opened a three-day international conference on climate change Tuesday, insisting that countries can cut carbon emissions without affecting economic growth.

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