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EU Court Rules German Recycling Rules Discriminates against Non-German Bottlers
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that Germany has to modify its bottle recycling rules, which it said hinders drinks imports from other European countries.

Fish Levels in Lake Michigan a Concern
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

On the surface, Lake Michigan is one of the world's biggest and wildest bodies of freshwater and a popular fishing destination.

Thousands of Antarctic Penguin Chicks Threatened with Starvation by Iceberg
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

A remnant of the largest iceberg ever recorded is blocking Antarctica's McMurdo Sound, threatening tens of thousands of penguin chicks with starvation and cutting off a supply route for three science stations, a New Zealand official said Tuesday.

Climate Experts Confer on Post-Kyoto Steps
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

International experts, searching for ways to break a deadlock with the United States over climate change, consulted on an array of ideas Monday to lure that No. 1 polluter into a joint effort to control "greenhouse gases," along with such second-rank emitters as China and India.

Scientists Discover Warning Signs of Coral Bleaching on Great Barrier Reef
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists have identified early warning signs of rising ocean temperatures which threaten to drain Australia's Great Barrier Reef of its vibrant colors.

Aleutian Oil Spill Shows Area's Problems
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Alaska's Aleutian Island chain, where a broken cargo ship has been leaking fuel oil for five days, needs the type of environmental protections that are given to better-known areas, a marine wildlife activist said Monday.

Supreme Court Limits Pollution Cleanup Lawsuits
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Gina Holland, Associated Press

The Supreme Court on Monday put restrictions on companies that want to clean up voluntarily their polluted land and sue former owners to share the costs.

Ten Percent of Bird Species to Disappear, Study Concludes
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Ten percent of all bird species are set to disappear by the end of this century -- and with them the services they provide such as cleaning up carcasses and spreading seeds, U.S. researchers said Monday.

Reports Say Japan to Explore Disputed Area of East China Sea
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Japan plans to explore natural gas fields in a disputed area of the East China Sea that rival China has also been surveying, Japanese media said Tuesday, amid growing tensions between the two countries.

Doo-Lemma: Umbra Ponders Doggy-Poop Disposal Options
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

A reader finds herself in the environmental catch-22 of eschewing plastic bags, but owning a pooping pup. How to gather the excreta? And where to put it? Umbra sniffs out a solution -- in Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website.

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