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Environmentalists Say Hawksbill Sea Turtle in "Drastic Decline" in Mexico
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Activists of the World Wildlife Fund called on Mexico and the Caribbean nations on Tuesday to urgently implement plans to reverse what the organization called "a drastic decline" in the population of hawksbill sea turtles.

Mexican Authorities Order Gas Well Closed after Explosion, Spill
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mexico's environmental protection agency ordered the closure of a gas well operated by the state-owned oil company Pemex on Monday, after it found the company had not gotten environmental impact and safety approval for the well, which exploded Jan. 11.

Record Warm Winter Stirs Sleepy Estonian Bears
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - David Mardiste, Reuters

Estonia's warmest winter for two centuries has woken some of its 600 bears several months early from hibernation, wildlife experts say.

U.S. Officials Accuse DuPont of Concealing Teflon Ingredient's Health Risk
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune

More than 50 years after DuPont started producing Teflon near this Ohio River town, federal officials are accusing the company of hiding information suggesting that a chemical used to make the popular stick- and stain-resistant coating might cause cancer, birth defects and other ailments.

Fishermen Barred from Spawning Grounds of Rare Species in U.S. Virgin Islands
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

U.S. authorities have barred fishing in areas of the U.S. Virgin Islands where rare species spawn, officials said Monday.

Geologist has Vision for Wyoming
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer Frazer, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

Wyoming is a geologist's paradise: it's got gemstones and metals, coal seams and earthquakes, mountains and mesas, and a little place called Yellowstone.

EarthTalk: Are There Environmentally-Friendlier Ways to De-Ice Pavement?
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Although salt and various salt derivatives melt ice effectively and make both walkways and roads safer, they can be damaging to the environment. After salt is applied, it washes off paved surfaces into storm drains or onto adjacent ground, and can then be carried into nearby bodies of water.

Indonesia to Replant Mangroves in Tsunami Defense
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Quinn, Reuters

Indonesia will replant huge swathes of mangrove forest along its vulnerable coastline to help provide a buffer against possible future tsunamis, the forestry minister said.

Homemade Biofuels are Best, Say UK Green Groups
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - James Kilner, Reuters

Countries need to be producing their own biofuels such as ethanol because importing green energy can damage the environment, UK lobby groups say.

Disaster Looms for Megacities, UN Official Says
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Elaine Lies, Reuters

Earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters could kill millions in the world's teeming megacities and time is running out to prevent such a catastrophe, the United Nations point man on emergency relief said on Tuesday.

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