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Chavez Land Crusade Eyes UK-Owned Venezuelan Ranch
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Pascal Fletcher, Reuters

A cattle ranch in Venezuela owned by one of Britain's richest families may become a test case in President Hugo Chavez's crusade to redistribute land to the poor as part of his leftist revolution.

Avocado Oil, Taco Grease Fuel Eco-Bus in Mexico
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

Ecologists toured Mexico City taco stands and sushi bars Wednesday to refuel an old school bus with waste cooking oil that will power the next leg of a green-awareness tour from California to Costa Rica.

Warming May Be Taking Toll on Pikas, Study Reveals
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Populations of the American pika -- a hamster-like rodent unable to survive in warm climates -- continue to decline in the West, apparently due in part to global warming, a new study says.

Bush Administration Finalizes Rules for National Forest Management
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Managers of the nation's 155 national forests will have more discretion to approve logging and other commercial projects without lengthy environmental reviews under a new Bush administration initiative.

Bangor, Maine, Activists Target 'Persistent Polluters'
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News

More than 300,000 pounds of long-lasting toxic chemicals were released into Maine's environment over two years, according to state and federal pollution data.

EPA Fines Phoenix-Based Copper Mining Firm for Emissions Report Errors
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Thomas Stauffer, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Asarco Inc. $80,000 for errors the company made in reporting emissions at its copper smelter in Hayden.

Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture Triggers Massive Mojave Desert Cleanup
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Jennifer Bowles, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.

A nasal-penetrating stench still rises from the sand a month after a ruptured pipeline spewed untold amounts of gasoline up to 80 feet high for hours over a patch of the fragile Mojave Desert.

Mexico Pays Indians Who Threatened Mexico City Water Supply
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mexican water authorities gave almost US$120,000 (euro89,500) to 110 Mazahua Indians on Wednesday to compensate for damages to their land caused by flooding at a dam that supplies water to Mexico City.

EU Divided on Plans to Curb Illegal Timber Trade
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

EU members are divided over a European Commission plan to crack down on the lucrative illegal timber trade by making exporters prove their wood is not from endangered rainforests, officials said on Tuesday.

New Agreement Would Quicken Restoration of Polluted Riverfront in Illinois
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Colias, Associated Press

A new agreement between the former owner of a shuttered oil refinery and government agencies should accelerate by at least a decade the restoration of a polluted stretch of southeastern Illinois riverfront, officials announced Tuesday.

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