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Rare Giant Pandas Boost Numbers by Almost Half
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Endangered giant pandas have boosted their numbers in the wild by almost half in just a few years thanks to enlarged habitat and improved ecosystems, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

Colorado Scientists Find Chemicals in Waters
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

Scientists have discovered that byproducts of such everyday activities as using anti-bacterial hand soap or zapping mosquitoes with bug spray are winding up in streams and groundwater from the Denver area to remote spots in the Colorado mountains.

Ohio Wildlife Officials Consider Allowing Otter Trapping after Success of Reintroduction Programs
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Carrie Spencer, Associated Press

The wily and playful river otter was once on the verge of extinction in Ohio. Now they're thriving -- and causing so much damage that wildlife officials are considering allowing hunters to trap them.

UN Storm Brews over Hurricane-Global Warming Link
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

A U.S. government hurricane scientist has resigned from the United Nations' science panel on climate change because, he said, a lead author in the group had too strongly linked global warming to hurricanes.

Workers Try to Contain Oil from Sunken Tanker in Chicago Canal
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune

A day after a barge exploded and sank in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, authorities suspended their search for a missing crew member and worked to contain the viscous petroleum byproduct that oozed from the wreckage.

Maine Forestlands in Times of Change
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb,Bangor Daily News, Maine

Maine's North Woods are in a time of transition with huge swaths of land changing hands almost weekly, paper mills struggling to survive in a new global market, and multimillion-dollar homes being constructed inside a vast wilderness.

Hiding Bycatch Nets a Big Fine
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Wesley Loy, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska

A Seattle-based commercial fishing company has pleaded guilty and been ordered to pay $500,000 in penalties for illegally disposing of halibut while catching other types of fish off Alaska.

Farm Teen Reaps State Energy Grant
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Nancy Petersen, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Charlie Andersen was noodling around with the idea of growing corn on his family's farm in Charlestown Township and converting it to fuel. He figured the fuel could be used for heating a greenhouse-type structure called a hoophouse. Or for running the tractor.

Puget Sound Environmental Report Yields Mixed Results
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Craig Welch, The Seattle Times

Many of Puget Sound's declining herring populations have rebounded, the acres covered by the invasive grass spartina are half what they were a few years ago and sites once contaminated with heavy metals are slowly being cleaned up, according to a biennial report by the state on Puget Sound's health.

The Final (Probably) Word on Plastics from Umbra
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

Readers remain atwitter over kitchen plastics, about which eco-advice guru Umbra Fisk admits to having been less than perfectly clear in the past. To find out which plastics are OK, which aren't, and why avoiding them all might be the simplest answer, pop the top off of Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website.

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