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Thousands Gather for Funeral of American Nun as Battle over Amazon Intensifies
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

An elderly American nun killed in the struggle to protect the Amazon rain forest from loggers and ranchers was buried in her adopted homeland after a funeral attended by thousands who remembered her courage and dedication.

Dangers of Mercury Pollution Overstated, House Republicans Say in Report
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Dangers of toxic mercury pollution in the environment have been overstated, the House Resources Committee says in a report issued in anticipation of new regulatory proposals from the Bush administration.

Feted and Hated, Kyoto Enters into Force
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A world plan to fight global warming goes into force on Wednesday, feted by its backers as a lifeline for the planet but rejected as an economic straitjacket by the United States and Australia.

Pesticide Tax, Farmer Education Could Lessen Pollution from Runoff, Report Says
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Brian Skoloff, Associated Press

An environmental group has proposed a tax hike on pesticides that would fund classes for California farmers on how to reduce the amount of toxic runoff in the state's water supply.

Development of Sakhalin Oil Fields Should Be Delayed to Protect Gray Whales, Independent Report Says
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Sam Cage, Associated Press

A consortium led by the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. should halt operations and delay further development of oil and gas fields near gray whale feeding grounds off Russia's far-eastern Sakhalin island, an independent study recommended Wednesday.

Economic Development Officials Battling Air-Pollution Designations
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Malia Rulon, Associated Press

Robert Stec would like to help clean up the nation's dirty air, but at $1 million a plant to install air-pollution control technology, it would be cheaper for him to move his furniture manufacturing business overseas.

Maryland Proposal Would Slap Annual $750 Registration Surcharge on Hummers, other Mammoth SUVs
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Driving a super-sized sport utility vehicle on Maryland roads would cost $750 more a year under a measure being considered by state lawmakers.

China Miners: Losing Jobs Biggest Worry
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Stephanie Hoo, Associated Press

They work in one of the world's most hazardous industries, tunneling far beneath the earth's surface for coal to power China's booming economy.

Oil Prices Soar as OPEC Cut Worries Linger
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Oil prices surged more than a dollar Wednesday as worries over a possible OPEC output cut this spring countered a rise in crude and gasoline stocks in the United States.

Japan Government Drafts Bill on Making Firms Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions
February 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International

The government has drawn up a bill to revise the law to curb global warming by mandating that sizable factories and offices report the amounts of greenhouse gases emitted above certain limits, a copy of the draft showed Wednesday.

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