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Sugar Companies Explore Making Ethanol from Molasses
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Salisbury, The Palm Beach Post

The fields of western Palm Beach County support the sugar cane that provides quick energy to people. Before too long, that same cane could provide energy for vehicles, in the form of ethanol.

Canada Considers Adopting California's More Stringent Auto-Emission Standards
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News

The Canadian government is considering a plan to adopt California's first-in-the-nation rules requiring auto companies to reduce emissions of gases that contribute to global warming, the Mercury News has learned.

Environmentalists Say Hawksbill Sea Turtle in 'Drastic Decline' in Mexico
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Activists of the World Wildlife Fund called on Mexico and the Caribbean nations on Tuesday to urgently implement plans to reverse what the organization called "a drastic decline" in the population of hawksbill sea turtles.

Tsunami Detection a Complex Challenge
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph Coleman, Associated Press

The warning system worked perfectly. From sensors far offshore, Japanese meteorologists detected a tsunami headed toward the southern island of Ishigaki in March 2002 and quickly warned residents of the possible danger.

Bush `Clear Skies' Proposal Hinders Power Plant Cleanups, Official Says
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

President Bush's push to revise the Clean Air Act sometimes has hindered enforcement of the existing law for cleaning up coal-fired power plants, the Justice Department's top environmental lawyer said Tuesday.

Dow Chemical Brought Growth, Regrets to Freeport, Texas
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

James Seidler's family tree is one of the few in this small coastal town with deeper roots than Dow Chemical, a company that has dominated the pancake-flat horizon, and a lot else here, since the 1940s.

Leaks Make up Big Part of Toxics Released by Industry
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

On a breezy day, Shell's 600-acre chemical plant in Deer Park turns into a giant wind chime.

MeadWestvaco to Sell Paper-Making Business, Plant in Western Maryland
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

MeadWestvaco Corp. said yesterday that it is selling its paper-making business, including a Western Maryland mill that is the second-largest private employer in Allegany County.

CMS Energy Expects Costly Toxic cleanup at Petoskey, Mich., Development
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press

Dangerous toxics seeping into Lake Michigan at the Bay Harbor development near Petoskey could cost CMS Energy Corp. more than $45 million to clean up.

Old High-Tech Gadgets Become New Breed of Junk
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune

While many Lake County residents are fascinated with their new flat-screen TVs, digital cameras, Palm Pilots and other popular Christmas gifts, Victoria Wiedel worries about what will happen to the old ones.

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