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Trash Mounts as California Cleans up from Floods
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Kimberly White, Reuters

Residents and businesses in Northern California towns cleared away debris Tuesday as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expanded his list of counties eligible for flood disaster funds.

U.N. Moves To Block 2006 Caspian Sea Caviar Exports
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Richard Waddington, Reuters

The U.N. has effectively blocked caviar exports until producer countries gives better information on stock levels and illegal sales of the highly prized delicacy.

Stockholm Tries out Traffic Tolls To Ease Congestion
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Tommy Grandell, Associated Press

Drivers had to pay a fee to enter Stockholm on Tuesday as the city started a seven-month trial of a contentious program designed to reduce traffic and cut pollution in the Swedish capital.

Forest Fires Ravage Rare Species in New Caledonia, Worry Environmentalists
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Fires whipping through rainforests in New Caledonia are wiping out rare plant species and overwhelming firefighters, and environmental groups and local leaders appealed Tuesday for help.

Government Issues Cleanup Guidelines for 'Dirty Bomb' Attack
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The government issued cleanup standards Tuesday for a "dirty bomb" terrorist attack that would in some cases be far less rigorous than what is required for Superfund sites, nuclear power plants and nuclear waste dumps.

Law Bans Most Mercury from Products
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Brandie Jefferson, The Providence Journal

In an attempt to reduce, and eventually eliminate, mercury from finding its way into Narragansett Bay, the sale of items with more than one gram of mercury was prohibited as of Sunday, when a new Rhode Island law took effect.

Three Automakers To Unveil Hybrid Plans
January 4, 2006 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

General Motors Corp. of the United States and German automakers DaimlerChrysler AG and BMW AG will unveil their respective gasoline-electric hybrid car strategies during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

One Person Killed, More than a Thousand Displaced in Malawi Floods
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Raphael Tanthani, Associated Press

Flood waters have swept through at least six villages in Malawi's Lower Shire Valley, killing one person and displacing more than a thousand in recent days, officials said Monday.

Mexico Peasants Take up Machetes against Acapulco Dam
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

Due to be completed in 2012, La Parota will be one of Mexico's biggest dams, flooding swathes of forest and subsistence farmland around the Papagayo River.

Science and the Environment: The Challenges of Reaching the Public -- A Guest Commentary
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ellen Prager, PhD

The call to bring more science more effectively to the public has grown significantly louder and broader over the past several years. But alas, we face major obstacles in public outreach both within the scientific community and outside of its bounds.

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