ConocoPhillips Agrees to Clean-Air Settlement
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle
Houston-based ConocoPhillips, the largest petroleum refiner in the United States, agreed Thursday to spend $525 million to reduce harmful, smog-forming emissions at nine refineries, including two in Texas, and to pay a $4.5 million fine to settle federal charges that it violated air pollution laws.
N.C. Program Aims to Boost Bee Population
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Hartsoe, Associated Press
North Carolina is trying to boost the buzz surrounding the state's crops. As farmers leave tobacco and move into new crops like cucumbers, melons, and berries, the state is confronting a crisis: it simply doesn't have enough honeybees to pollinate all those flowering plants.
Judge Won't Suspend Alaska Wolf Control
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press
An animal rights group failed to persuade a judge Thursday to immediately suspend Alaska's aerial wolf control program, which it likened to a slaughter.
China Pandas Laugh All the Way to the Blood Bank
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
China's endangered pandas, who grab world attention each time they give birth, are now going to have their own blood bank to help to keep their numbers up, state media said on Friday.
Consultants Aid Rebirth of Polluted Sites
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Colleen Diskin, The Record
Thirty years ago, New Jersey was littered with abandoned industries that not only scarred the landscape but also drained the pocketbooks of the companies that owned the polluted land.
Tyson Foods Agrees to Monitor Level of Ammonia Emissions
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - James Mayse, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.
On Wednesday, Tyson Foods agreed to monitor poultry operations across the region for ammonia emissions and to report the results of its findings to the Sierra Club.
Senate Panel OKs Bush's Pick for U.S. Energy Secretary
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Sam Bodman, President Bush's pick to be the next U.S. energy secretary, was approved Wednesday by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Small Town in Jungle Creates Dilemma for Authorities
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A judge's order to evict the population of a town established illegally in an Amazon forest reserve has left environmental officials scrambling to find a place for its 1,000 residents.
House Members File Bill To Restore Horse, Burro Protection Law
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Rosen Lum, Contra Costa Times
Reps. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., and Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., introduced legislation this week to restore the Wild and Free Ranging Horse and Burro Protection Act of 1971, gutted last month by a "stealth" rider inserted into a massive appropriations bill.
Mad Cows a Symptom of a Sick Food System
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, an op/ed
The discovery of yet another Canadian cow infected with BSE, or mad cow disease, has again raised alarm bells about the safety of our beef and has producers worried about extended import bans to the United States. But really, we should be asking ourselves what caused the problem in the first place and how we can make our meat production safe and sustainable.