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Christmas is Damaging the Environment, Report Says
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A report titled "The Hidden Cost of Christmas" calculated the environmental impact of spending on books, clothes, alcohol, electrical appliances and lollies during the festive season.

Collapsed Portion of Reservoir Made of 'Rubble Material'
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Inspectors in Missouri were shocked to discover that the collapsed portion of a mountaintop reservoir was made of rocky "fill" instead of granite.

ENN Weekly: December 12th - 16th
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

ENN summarizes the week's most compelling environmental news stories. This week: Toxic whales, a Great Lakes pact, pollution inequities, a breeding breakthrough, and more.

Big Tuna is the New Big Tobacco
December 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Eli Saddler, GotMercury.Org

(Eli Saddler) Big Tuna is the new Big Tobacco. How did the “chicken of the sea” become such a big turkey? Instead of dealing responsibly with the public health threat of mercury, Big Tuna has taken pages from the tobacco industry’s playbook to claim their products do not cause harm when the science demonstrates otherwise.

Swamp Thing? No, a Woodpecker Researcher
December 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Nathan Banfield knew he looked like some swamp creature, in head-to-toe forest camouflage with all-over feathery fringe and a camo-mask that revealed nothing but his eyes.

Mistletoe Theft Threatens Kissing Crisis
December 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

An outbreak of opportunistic mistletoe rustling is threatening a Christmas kissing crisis, British environmental experts said on Wednesday.

LA Zoo Elephants Need Three Times More Space
December 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The three elephants at Los Angeles Zoo -- Gita, Ruby and Billy -- need three times more space than their current quarters but it comes with a price tag of $50 million.

Americans in Air Pollution Hot Spots Worry about Kids
December 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The people who breathe the nation's most unhealthy factory air worry about whether their daily dose of toxic pollution is slowing the academic and physical development of their children.

Environmental Rules Get Benched in Gulf Coast
December 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Regulators say environmental rules had to be set aside to save the Gulf Coast from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

EPA Would Ease Pollution Reporting Rules
December 15, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

If the Bush administration has its way, some factories won't have to report all the pollution spewed from their smokestacks.

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