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Chile Authorizes Gold Mining Project but Bans Relocation of Glaciers
February 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Eduardo Gallardo, Associated Press

Ambitious plans for an open-pit mine high in the Andes mountains were unanimously approved Wednesday, but the Chilean environmental agency rejected its most controversial aspect -- relocating three glaciers to reach the gold underneath.

Alaska Ordinance to Prevent Eagle Feeding
February 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hundreds of bald eagles that gather at the Homer spit each winter for handouts won't be so lucky now that the city council has passed an ordinance barring the feeding of eagles.

Scientists May Have Found New Fish Species
February 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Miranda Leitsinger, Associated Press

Scientists have discovered what they believe is a new fish species and at least 20 types of previously unknown seaweeds during a recent expedition to one of the Caribbean's most diverse marine areas.

China Announces Major Plan to Combat Pollution, Revive Battered Environment
February 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

China announced a plan Wednesday to combat widespread pollution and leave a better environment for future generations, citing the need to stave off possible social instability.

EPA Board Says Teflon Chemical a Likely Carcinogen
February 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Randall Chase, Associated Press

A group of scientific advisers to the EPA voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a recommendation that a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon should be considered a likely carcinogen.

Whale Meat Returns to Japan School Menus, Report Says
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Whale meat is back on the menu in a growing number of Japanese elementary and junior high schools, Kyodo news service reported on Tuesday.

Kyoto 2012 Greenhouse Gas Goals Still in Reach, UN Says
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Industrialised nations can reach 2012 United Nations goals for reining in gases blamed for global warming but many will have to take tougher measures, the U.N. climate change bureau said on Tuesday.

U.S. Jury Awards Damages for Bomb Plant Contamination
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A federal jury Tuesday awarded $554 million in damages to 12,000 Denver property owners near a former nuclear bomb plant who said their land had been contaminated by plutonium.

Firm Hopes Reopen Long-Dormant California Gold Rush Mine
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Kerana Todorov, Reuters

Half a century after the last major gold mine closed in the heart of California's Gold Country, efforts are under way to revive the industry that lured mass settlement in the 19th century.

Forest Service Cancels Plan to Log Near Grand Canyon
February 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Beth DeFalco, Associated Press

The federal government has canceled plans to set controlled fires and conduct forest thinning on more than 17,000 acres of old-growth timber near the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

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