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EPA, Auto Industry Reach Deal on Mercury
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Ken Thomas, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency, the auto industry and environmental groups said Wednesday they have agreed to start a national program to collect mercury switches from scrapped automobiles.

Bottom Trawling Banned in Some Waters
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

Federal fishery regulators imposed a permanent ban Wednesday on bottom trawl fishing in nearly 150,000 square miles of federal waters off the West Coast.

Global Warming Threatens New Guinea Paradise
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Exotic species in a little-known "Garden of Eden" in the mountains of New Guinea island are under threat from global warming, New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday.

Companies Keep Cell Phones out of Trash and Turn Them into Cash
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Allison Bruce, Ventura County Star

Phone carriers in California soon will have to offer buyers a way to return their cell phone to be resold or recycled.

Senate Urged to Safeguard Species Act
March 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

As a Senate committee prepares to take up revisions to the Endangered Species Act, nearly 6,000 biologists from around the country signed a letter Wednesday urging senators to preserve scientific protections in the landmark law.

'Skin Deep' Site Looks at Product Safety
March 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Just because something is derived from a plant, doesn't mean it's entirely safe for humans to use -- especially on your skin. Have you ever heard of poison ivy?

River Algae Prompts Concern for Trout
March 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Waterway experts say an invasive algae is spreading in Arkansas, and the growth is thriving in one of the state's top trout fishing waterways.

Sun's Next Eleven-Year Cycle Could Be Fifty Percent Stronger
March 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Sun-spawned cosmic storms that can play havoc with earthly power grids and orbiting satellites could be 50 percent stronger in the next 11-year solar cycle than in the last one, scientists said.

Brazil State to Cull Cattle for Foot and Mouth
March 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazil's southern farming state of Parana said it will begin culling cattle on Wednesday in areas infected with foot and mouth disease, over four months after the first outbreak was suspected in the state.

Bicycle Taxis Thrive on Streets of New York; City Considers Crackdown
March 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Sara Kugler, Associated Press

Bicycle taxis are weaving through the clogged streets of midtown Manhattan in a movement growing so rapidly that the city is proposing regulations before it spins out of control.

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