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Malaysian Company that Imported Toxic Waste from Taiwan to Be Charged in Court, Report Says
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Malaysian authorities will take legal action against a local company that imported thousands of tons of toxic waste from Taiwan using a fake permit, a news report said Monday.

The Sound of the Big Bang, and Other Stories
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

After analyzing the locations of thousands of modern galaxies, astronomers say they've found strong evidence of the sound waves that crashed through the universe during the Big Bang.

Senses, Sand Dunes Helped Tsunami Animals Escape
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Dayan Candappa, Reuters

Wildlife in Sri Lanka's biggest national park survived last month's tsunami, but it was probably keen senses and the lay of the land rather than any mysterious instinct for danger that enabled animals to scamper to safety.

Environmentalists Win Bid to Regulate Taconite Industry Mercury Emissions
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Kuchera, Duluth News-Tribune

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to develop proposed regulations for mercury and asbestos emissions from taconite plants.

Congo's Rare Rhinos to Be Flown to Safety
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - David Lewis, Reuters

Five of the few northern white rhinos left in the wild will be flown from Democratic Republic of Congo to prevent poachers wiping them out, conservationists said on Saturday.

Notes from Anna: Brazil -- Migration, Nature, and the Documenting Lens
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Seluyanova, ENN

Brazil's ecological challenges have everything to do with this economic strife, and the people's attempts to reach prosperity, against the odds.

Scientists Watch for Antarctic Iceberg Collision
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Scientists were watching on Monday for a collision between a giant iceberg and an Antarctic glacier, which could free up sea lanes to America's McMurdo Station and help penguins reach crucial feeding areas.

Ravens' Interaction With Oil Rigs Studied
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

They're a marvel of nature, birds that survive in a climate as hot as the Mojave Desert yet adapt quite comfortably in the coldest region of America's coldest state. Ravens survive the brutal cold of Alaska's North Slope by caching food, scavenging scrap from oil fields, and apparently by telling time, showing up when humans are mostly likely to leave food unguarded.

Seadrift, Texas, Chemicals Plant is Ranked one of Top polluters in U.S.
January 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Thomas Doyle, Victoria Advocate, Texas

Union Carbide Seadrift Operations was named as the 20th top releaser of cancer-causing air pollution in the United States and the top releaser of such chemicals in Texas in a recently issued report by a Washington-based environmental group that rates plants throughout the country.

CDC Team to Visit Dayton to Assess Perma-Fix Area
January 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Debrosse, Dayton Daily News, Ohio

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending a team of specialists to Dayton to see if the health concerns of residents living near the Perma-Fix treatment plant might be related to the plant's operation.

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