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Ship Carrying Toxic Cargo that Ran Aground in Azores To Be Dismantled
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A ship carrying several tons of toxic material that ran aground in the Azores islands earlier this month will be dismantled after attempts to refloat it failed, the Navy said on Wednesday.

Mexico Wins Approval of Farm Communities for Disputed Dam Project
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Two more farm communities voted in favor of a hydroelectric dam that promises to supply drinking water and electricity to Acapulco but has sparked violent protests by opponents.

On Truth, Fact, Values, Climate Change, and Doughnuts -- A Guest Commentary
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter H. Gleick, the Pacific Institute

The ongoing brouhaha over the misuse of science in the political process – especially around controversial issues such as stem cells, evolution, and climate change – results from a conflict between facts and values, and persists because of a fundamental misunderstanding of science.

Scientists Troubled by Dropping Fish Population in Delta Near San Francisco Bay
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

The population of a tiny fish that lives near San Francisco Bay has hit an all-time low, a new study shows, troubling scientists who see it as an indicator of the health of the vast estuary.

Appalachian Town Looks to Mountaintop Mining for Flat Land
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Roger Alford, Associated Press

In mountaintop-removal coal mining, hilltops are blasted away to uncover coal seams, and the leftover rock and dirt are dumped into adjacent valleys, burying streams.

Caviar Smugglers Seen Foiling 2006 Export Rules
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Illegal caviar sales via the Internet and lax policing are likely to let smugglers of the delicacy thrive in 2006 despite tighter world trade rules from Jan. 1, a major importer predicted Wednesday.

Scientists Say Coral Reefs Spared in Tsunami
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

After hundreds of dives in the waters off Phuket, a team of scientists concluded that it was the intervention of humans, and not the havoc wreaked by the tsunami, that posed the greatest threat to the reefs.

Environmental Groups Seen as Balancing Dual Loyalties
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Rita Beamish, Associated Press

Environmental groups that frequently spar with the Bush administration over protecting the air, water and human health also have collected millions of dollars in U.S. government grants.

On Truth, Fact, Values, Climate Change, and Doughnuts
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter H. Gleick, the Pacific Institute

(By Peter H. Gleick) The ongoing brouhaha over the misuse of science in the political process – especially around controversial issues such as stem cells, evolution, and climate change – results from a conflict between facts and values, and persists because of a fundamental misunderstanding of science.

Company that Makes Natural Paint Starts Seeing Green
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Emily Van Cleve, Albuquerque Journal

Ten years ago, Rudolf Reitz found it extremely difficult to interest customers in buying his company's nontoxic paints. Getting a new customer, he said, was like finding a needle in a haystack.

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