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Global Warming, Pollution Add to Coastal Threats
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A creeping rise in sea levels tied to global warming, pollution and damage to coral reefs may make coastlines even more vulnerable to disasters like tsunamis or storms in future, experts said on Monday.

Tsunami Threatens Survival of Low-Lying Maldives Islands
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Torchia, Associated Press

The tidal waves that swept across the Indian Ocean did more than take a heavy toll of lives and property in the Maldives -- it confronted the tiny island nation with a threat to its survival.

Corpus Christi, Texas, Firm to Drill for Gas in National Seaside Park's Dunes
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - James Pinkerton, Houston Chronicle

With the winter sun gleaming on its full, tawny coat, a lone coyote pauses to watch human visitors as they examine a new gas well in a remote corner of Padre Island National Seashore.

Alaska Oil Spill Damage Now Looks Worse
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Craig Welch, The Seattle Times

More than 600 oiled seabirds have been spotted near a broken ship off Alaska's Aleutian islands, and federal biologists now suspect hundreds or thousands more will be discovered in coming weeks.

Groups Say EPA Sewage Plan Stinks
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Salinero, Tampa Tribune, Fla.

For many years, operators of America's aging, overworked sewer systems have dumped partially treated sewage into rivers and bays.

Forest Service Plans Deletes Environmental Protections, Critics Say
December 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Knight Ridder

The Forest Service Wednesday changed the way it plans management of national forests, shortening the process by years but also eliminating the primary tool used by environmentalists to challenge logging and mining in protected forests.

Bad Weather Hampers Efforts to Rescue Stranded Sperm Whales in Australia
December 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A pod of 19 sperm whales were stranded on the coast of Australia's Tasmania state and most of them are dead, authorities said Monday.

David Orr, Environmental Educator and Writer, Answers Grist's Questions
December 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Grist Magazine

David Orr of Oberlin College has made a name for himself in the environmental community as a teacher, thinker, and writer, most recently of a book that explores the connections between the environment, the political realm, and the threat of terrorism -- "The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror."

Missouri Landfill Owner Leads Campaign to Incorporate Shingles into Asphalt
December 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Jack Naudi, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Few motorists spend time wondering what ingredients went into making the asphalt that helps their tires to grip the road. Dale Behnen, co-owner of Peerless Landfill Inc. near Valley Park, is a notable exception.

Madagascar's Poor See No Benefit from Conservation
December 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Tim Cocks, Reuters

The people of Mahatsara village do not understand why they are forbidden from burning down the wild forests of eastern Madagascar.

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