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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.

Environmental Organizations Speak Out Online on Critical Environmental Issues
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Jerry Kay, Environmental News Network

World Environmental Organizations will speak out online in a new series starting January 31st, 2005 on The Environmental News Network ( as part of The ENN Commentary Series announced today by Jerry Kay, the Publisher of Leaders of a diverse group of environmental organizations large and small are writing the ENN Commentaries. The objective is to promote a dialogue regarding important environmental issues.

Canada Considers Adopting California's More-Stringent Auto Emission Standards
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.

The Canadian government is considering a plan to adopt California's first-in-the-nation rules requiring auto companies to reduce emissions of gases that contribute to global warming, the Mercury News has learned.

Scientists Conduct Little Research on Air Toxics' Effects on Texas Gulf Coast
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Leigh Hopper, Houston Chronicle

In 1992, Connie Walding of Baytown discovered she had breast cancer. In 1996, her husband, Scott, got throat cancer. Last year, her dog died from cancer of the lymphatic system.

Cuban Oil Drilling Could Put U.S. Embargo over Economic Barrel
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Keith Epstein, Tampa Tribune, Fla.

Is Cuba on the verge of an oil bonanza that could pump financial life into Fidel Castro's regime and soften U.S. trade policy toward the island?

Federal Judge Halts Timber Cut in Sensitive Area Near Ely, Minn.
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn.

A federal judge has put the brakes on a Superior National Forest timber sale near Ely, Minn., saying further environmental review is needed before any trees can be cut.

Cibolo, Texas, Water Supply will Get Ammonia to Treat Contamination Woes
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Anton Caputo, San Antonio Express-News

The Canyon Regional Water Authority soon will begin adding small amounts of ammonia to Cibolo's drinking supply in an effort to eliminate recent contamination problems.

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