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Wyoming Launches Cloud-Seeding Project
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Bob Moen, Associated Press

Wyoming is embarking on an $8.8 million, five-year cloud-seeding project that aims to bolster mountain snowpack, and possibly yield proof of whether cloud seeding actually works.

U.S. Democrats To Fight Arctic Oil in Defense Bill
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

Senate Democrats Monday threatened a filibuster to stop Republicans from adding language to a must-pass defense spending bill that would allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Maine Ballot Initiative on Water Tax Falls Short in Signature Drive
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Francis X. Quinn, Associated Press

An initiative aimed at taxing spring water -- a first-in-the-nation proposal that rankled Maine bottler Poland Spring -- fell short Monday of attracting enough valid signatures to be placed on the ballot.

Chinese Companies, World Bank Deal Sign $930 Million Deal To Sell Pollution Credits
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter Enav, Associated Press

A World Bank fund will buy pollution credits from two Chinese chemical companies under a plan that lets richer countries meet commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions by paying for reductions in poorer economies.

Shipping Company To Pay $10 Million Fine in Atlantic Dumping Case
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Denise Lavoie, Associated Press

A Hong Kong-based shipping company has agreed to pay a $10 million (euro8.4 million) fine for dumping 40 tons of oil sludge into the Atlantic Ocean, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Tire Fuel Sparks Fiery U.S. Environmental Debate
December 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Jason Szep, Reuters

A campaign in Vermont to stop a paper mill in neighboring New York from burning scrap tires as fuel has galvanized one of the greenest U.S. states into one of its biggest environmental battles.

Mexico Releases Cattle-Killing Jaguar into the Jungle
December 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Ioan Grillo, Associated Press

A jaguar captured in 2004 after killing nearly 60 cows and sheep ran to freedom in the jungles of southern Mexico on Saturday.

Temperatures Climb as Warming Talks Stall
December 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

In the high Arctic, deep in the Atlantic, on Africa's sunbaked plains, climate scientists are seeing change unfold before their eyes.

Norwegians, Dutch Mix Sea and River To Make Power
December 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Mudeva, Reuters

In a world seeking clean alternatives to fossil fuels, Dutch and Norwegian scientists believe they can help turn writer Jules Verne's prediction that "water will be the coal of the future," into reality.

Mexican Park Rangers Defend Butterflies from Loggers
December 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Ioan Grillo, Associated Press

Last season, 22 million monarchs reached the park, an 80 percent drop from the previous year, prompting the Mexican government to set up a special police force.

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