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Early Settlers Made Australian Desert, Study Finds
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Settlers who came to Australia 50,000 years ago and set fires that burned off natural flora and fauna may have triggered a cataclysmic weather change that turned the country's interior into the dry desert it is today, U.S. and Australian researchers said Tuesday.
Alaskan Urges Gas Research Funding
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard Mauer, Anchorage Daily News
Sharp increases in natural gas prices and concern over long-term supply brought dozens of suggested solutions to a special work session of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on Monday.
Pataki, Schwarzenegger Urge Congress Not To Weaken States' Environmental Powers
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press
New York Gov. George Pataki and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are pressing Congress to protect key parts of the Clean Air Act as lawmakers and the Bush administration seek to change the law.
Study Encourages Everglades Land Purchases
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Coralie Carlson, Associated Press
The state and federal governments should buy more land, and do so quickly, in order to restore the Everglades before the property becomes developed or too expensive in coming years, according to a new report.
Senator Weighs in on Ford Cleanup
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Barbara Williams, The Record, Hackensack, N.J.
Homeowners living on the former Ford Motor Co. industrial dump and federal officials are stalemated over how far investigators should go in determining if dangerous waste is buried under homes and yards.
Chlorine Factories Cited as Big Source of Mercury Pollution; Industry Says it's Making Changes
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer
Nine chlorine plants in the South and East pour at least eight tons of mercury into the environment each year _ a situation that demands federal action to force companies to convert to cleaner technology, activists said Wednesday.
Gold Mine Exploration Begins on Western Shoshone Lands
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today, Oneida, N.Y.
Western Shoshone predicted that once the Bureau of Land Management seized and removed the horses of Carrie and Mary Dann, that new gold mining explorations would begin, poisoning their waterways and destroying their sacred sites.
Two Thousand Evacuated, Federal Officials to Sue, After Gas Leak from State Oil Company on Mexico's Gulf Coast; Accident is Company's Fourth in Five Weeks
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Miguel Hernandez, Associated Press
An unknown amount of liquid gas leaked from a pipeline operated by Mexico's state oil company and spread to at least two rivers in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, prompting the evacuation of 2,000 people, officials said Tuesday.
Broken Pipeline Spills Oil into Kentucky River; Amount Not Yet Known
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associted Press
An oil pipeline broke and spilled crude oil into the Kentucky River early Wednesday, creating a miles-long slick along the tributary of the Ohio River.
Human Rights Watch Targets Meat, Poultry Producers in New Report
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Stephen Franklin, Chicago Tribune
In a blistering report on conditions facing workers in the nation's meat and poultry industries, a human-rights-advocacy group Tuesday said that companies systematically abuse workers' rights as the government fails to uphold them.