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UK Company Defends Land Rights in Venezuela Reform
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Representatives of Britain's Vestey Group, whose large Venezuelan cattle ranch is targeted in a government land reform drive, Wednesday rejected charges that it left land idle and illegally held public property.

War Zones Yield Cheap Shelter for Tsunami Homeless
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Large, Reuters

Sandbags and barbed wire, staples of war zones, could become the stuff of cheap emergency housing for survivors of the Asian tsunami if relief agencies adopt a new building concept developed in quake-prone California.

Arizona Rivers Flowing After Storms
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur H. Rotstein, Associated Press

For the first time in seven years, virtually every river in Arizona is doing what rivers usually do in most other places: flow with water.

Potential Tsunami Flood Zones Mapped
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - William McCall, Associated Press

A computer model that can predict the impact of a tsunami from the San Francisco Bay area to Alaska is helping scientists plot danger zones in coastal cities to guide emergency planning.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Gets New Director in Golden, Colo.
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Raabe, The Denver Post

Dan E. Arvizu was named director Tuesday of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden by U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.

New York to Get Easements on 104,000 Acres of Adirondack Forest
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Garifo, Watertown Daily Times

New York will acquire easements on more than 104,000 acres of Adirondack forest lands in what is described as the third largest land acquisition in the state's history.

21 EU Nations Ready to Make Kyoto Emissions Cuts
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union head office said it approved a further five national emissions trading plans Thursday, as the EU began participating in the Kyoto climate change pact this month.

Solo Drivers of Hybrids to Gain from California Bill
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Mascaro, Daily News, Los Angeles

Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Wednesday she will introduce legislation allowing solo motorists to drive hybrid cars in California's freeway car-pool lanes.

Washington State Officials Urges Ban on Group of Fire-Retardant Chemicals
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Warren Cornwall, The Seattle Times

A family of fire-retardant chemicals should be banned amid growing concerns that it is toxic, particularly to fetuses and infants, according to Washington state officials.

Kimberly-Clark ups Ante in Tsunami Relief with Gift to UNICEF
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wis.

Kimberly-Clark Corp.'s cash commitment to support South Asia tsunami disaster relief could hit $1.5 million, the firm has announced.

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