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Nevada Commission Issues Solar Power Rebates, Adopts 'Green Power' Program
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - John G. Edwards, Las Vegas Review-Journal

State regulators on Tuesday approved solar power rebates for 50 residential and small-business electric customers and adopted a program designed to help independent power developers secure financing for wind, solar and geothermal power projects.

Oil-Spill Cleanup Makes Progress on Mexican Beaches, but Pollution Persists
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos on Monday announced it had recovered about two-thirds of the estimated 5,000-barrels of oil that spilled last week into a river feeding the Gulf of Mexico.

Indonesian Villagers Drop US$543 Million Lawsuit against Newmont
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Indonesian villagers agreed to drop a US$543 million lawsuit (euro398 million) against Newmont Mining Corp., which was accused of polluting a bay that sickened villagers, lawyers for both sides said Tuesday.

Dredging Helps Save Florida's Lake Panasoffkee from Itself
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Neil Johnson, Tampa Tribune

A 50-foot dredge being outfitted on the eastern shore of this 4,800-acre lake is an unlikely time machine. The hulking assembly of welded steel plates, cables and a pair of mufflers taller than a house could return Lake Panasoffkee to its near pristine condition from when Theodore Roosevelt was president.

Thai Fishery Industry Fears Tsunami Threat to Coral Reefs, Biodiversity
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Phusadee Arunmas and Woranuj Maneerungsee, Bangkok Post

Damage to coral reefs and changes in sand layers as a result of the tidal waves on Sunday has raised concern about marine biodiversity among local fishermen, as Thai waters might no longer be a rich natural resource for certain species.

Study Shows Federal Water Subsidies Go to Largest Farms
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

A handful of large farms get most of the water and subsidy dollars delivered by the country's biggest federal water supply project, according to a study by a national environmental organization.

Oil Contamination Closes Fisheries in Bering Sea Near Grounded Freighter
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Matt Volz, Associated Press

State regulators have banned commercial fishing in the Bering Sea near the wreckage of a grounded freighter where fuel oil has been seeping since early this month.

Global Warming, Pollution Add to Coastal Threats
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A creeping rise in sea levels tied to global warming, pollution and damage to coral reefs may make coastlines even more vulnerable to disasters like tsunamis or storms in future, experts said on Monday.

Tsunami Threatens Survival of Low-Lying Maldives Islands
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Torchia, Associated Press

The tidal waves that swept across the Indian Ocean did more than take a heavy toll of lives and property in the Maldives -- it confronted the tiny island nation with a threat to its survival.

Corpus Christi, Texas, Firm to Drill for Gas in National Seaside Park's Dunes
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - James Pinkerton, Houston Chronicle

With the winter sun gleaming on its full, tawny coat, a lone coyote pauses to watch human visitors as they examine a new gas well in a remote corner of Padre Island National Seashore.

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