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Head of Mexican Oil Monopoly Apologizes for Oil Spill
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The director of state-run oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos on Thursday appologized for an oil spil last week that unleashed crude oil into a river feeding the Gulf of Mexico and promised the company would compensate residents whose homes and livlihoods were harmed.

Sage Grouse Won't Be Federally Protected
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

The federal government has decided not to list the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act, a Colorado senator announced Thursday.

Tennessee Wind Farm Expands to Generate More Clean Power
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Duncan Mansfield, Associated Press

With a "whoosh, whoosh, whoosh," the graceful blades of 18 windmills on the South's first commercial wind farm are now producing enough clean power to be seen as more than just an eco-experiment.

Pollution-Eating Bacteria Gives Up Genetic Secrets
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A pollution-eating bacteria first found in sewage sludge may have evolved its talents in response to human contamination of the environment, researchers said Thursday.

Experts Fear Coral Reefs May Have Been Severely Damaged by Tsunami
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Recer, Reuters

The tsunami that took a heavy toll in human life also battered Indian Ocean coral reefs that already were in distress from pollution and global warming, possibly causing damage that will require decades to recover, experts say.

EBay, Intel Launch Initiative to Recycle Used Electronic Gadgets
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Rachel Konrad, Associated Press

EBay Inc. and Intel Corp. launched a recycling program Thursday to motivate Americans to safely dispose of mounting piles of used computers and other electronic gadgets.

Mangroves Could Have Reduced Tsunami Damage, U.N. Official Says
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Sam Cage, Associated Press

Damage from the Indian Ocean tsunami could have been reduced if more coastal areas had maintained their protective shields of mangrove swamps and coral reefs, a key U.N. official said Friday.

Effort Under Way to Weaken US Endangered Species Law
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Judith Crosson, Reuters

For the first time in three decades, critics of the Endangered Species Act are building momentum to rewrite the law implemented to save America's threatened flora and fauna, from the star cactus to the grizzly bear.

Sticky Gecko Feet Repel Grime, and Other Stories
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - California Academy of Sciences

Geckos can climb vertical walls thanks to their sticky feet. Yet geckos never need to groom their feet. Despite these adhesive tendencies, the gecko's tacky toes repel grime automatically, according to new research by Kellar Autumn and Wendy Hansen of Lewis & Clark College.

India, Pakistan Hold Crucial Talks over River Row
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

India and Pakistan began talks on Tuesday to resolve a long-running dispute over a dam in Kashmir which threatens to cause another setback to an already fragile peace process.

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