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Experts Scramble for Way to Drain Oil from Ship Near Dutch Harbor, Alaska
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - The Seattle Times

Salvagers and federal and state officials are scrambling to develop a plan to drain the remaining fuel out of a wrecked freighter off Unalaska Island to avoid spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of thick bunker oil into coastal waters rich in crab, seabirds and marine mammals.

Fish Mercury Poisoning Warning Goes Statewide in West Virginia
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

West Virginians should limit their consumption of fish from all state rivers and streams because of high levels of mercury poisoning, state regulators announced Monday.

Farmers Wonder About Their Future as Technology Increasingly Takes Over Their Tasks
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - John Seewer, Associated Press

On today's farm, tractors and combines are bigger, faster and smarter. Soil tests and topography maps give farmers more information. Crops are more resistant to disease and pests.

Study Says Dolphins Are Too Thin
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Laurie Copans, Associated Press

One-third of the bottle-nose dolphins swimming off Israel's Mediterranean coast are too thin, apparently due to a lack of food from overfishing, researcher said Tuesday.

EU Court Rules German Recycling Rules Discriminates against Non-German Bottlers
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that Germany has to modify its bottle recycling rules, which it said hinders drinks imports from other European countries.

Fish Levels in Lake Michigan a Concern
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

On the surface, Lake Michigan is one of the world's biggest and wildest bodies of freshwater and a popular fishing destination.

Thousands of Antarctic Penguin Chicks Threatened with Starvation by Iceberg
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

A remnant of the largest iceberg ever recorded is blocking Antarctica's McMurdo Sound, threatening tens of thousands of penguin chicks with starvation and cutting off a supply route for three science stations, a New Zealand official said Tuesday.

Climate Experts Confer on Post-Kyoto Steps
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

International experts, searching for ways to break a deadlock with the United States over climate change, consulted on an array of ideas Monday to lure that No. 1 polluter into a joint effort to control "greenhouse gases," along with such second-rank emitters as China and India.

Scientists Discover Warning Signs of Coral Bleaching on Great Barrier Reef
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists have identified early warning signs of rising ocean temperatures which threaten to drain Australia's Great Barrier Reef of its vibrant colors.

Aleutian Oil Spill Shows Area's Problems
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Alaska's Aleutian Island chain, where a broken cargo ship has been leaking fuel oil for five days, needs the type of environmental protections that are given to better-known areas, a marine wildlife activist said Monday.

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