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Army Corps Proposes $8.3 Billion for Upgrade of Rivers
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Christopher Doering, Reuters

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thursday proposed an $8.3 billion plan to build seven new locks to ease shipping congestion and improve local ecosystems in the Mississippi River region.

As Bush Stands Firm, States Flirt with Europe on Carbon Controls
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

Two sets of Americans have come here to talk global warming: the United States, opposed to controls on carbon emissions, and a bloc of united states, from Maine to Delaware, that plan to impose them.

Sharks Can Detect Magnetic Fields and Other Stories
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Sharks on migration swim arrow-straight lines across featureless ocean basins. How they navigate over such great distances has been a mystery. Now experiments by scientists at the University of Hawaii demonstrate that sharks are able to detect magnetic field changes, supporting theories that the predators can map their location by deciphering differences in Earth's magnetic field lines.

Notes from Anna: New Books About the Wild, the Good, and the Beautiful
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Anna Seluyanova, ENN

With the holidays approaching, I set out to find new books that would make the most captivating gifts for those who care about nature, sustainable living, and ecology. Among those that came off the press in the past few months, there were three that I found irresistible, because of their eloquence, unconventional outlook, and -- in the case of my first pick -- the beauty of the edition itself that is bound to be treasured for years to come.

Honda to Expand Areas Where Fuel-Cell Vehicle Leased
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Honda Motor Co. said Friday that next year it will expand the areas where it leases its next-generation FCX vehicle equipped with a cold-resistant fuel-cell stack, in addition to its current limited leasing service in Japan and the United States.

DuPont Rebuts Charges it Failed to Notify Regulators about Chemical Spills
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Tom Avril, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Attorneys for DuPont Co. strongly denied at a federal hearing yesterday that the company had improperly withheld information about environmental and possible health impacts of a chemical used to make Teflon.

Chester, S.C., Chemical Company Receives Achievement Award
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - The Herald, Rock Hill, S.C.

Omnova Solutions' Performance Chemicals facility in Chester recently received a 2004 Responsible Care Achievement Award from the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association.

New York Governor Vetoes Bill Extending Ban on Use of Plastic Plumbing Pipe
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Tom Precious, The Buffalo News, N.Y.

Gov. George Pataki vetoed legislation, which had passed overwhelmingly in the Legislature, that would have banned the use of plastic plumbing pipes in commercial and larger residential construction.

Rush Creek Mine Plan Moves Charleston, W.Va., Neighbor to Act
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

A Charleston man is trying to alert his neighbors about the problems he believes will be caused by a mountaintop removal coal mine proposed for his neighborhood.

Schwarzenegger Makes Democrat new California EPA Chief
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.

In a move cheered by environmentalists, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday tapped Alan Lloyd, chairman of the state's Air Resources Board, to be secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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