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Oil-Spill Cleanup Makes Progress on Mexican Beaches, but Pollution Persists

Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos on Monday announced it had recovered about two-thirds of the estimated 5,000-barrels of oil that spilled last week into a river feeding the Gulf of Mexico. >> Read the Full Article

Indonesian Villagers Drop US$543 Million Lawsuit against Newmont

Indonesian villagers agreed to drop a US$543 million lawsuit (euro398 million) against Newmont Mining Corp., which was accused of polluting a bay that sickened villagers, lawyers for both sides said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Dredging Helps Save Florida's Lake Panasoffkee from Itself

A 50-foot dredge being outfitted on the eastern shore of this 4,800-acre lake is an unlikely time machine. The hulking assembly of welded steel plates, cables and a pair of mufflers taller than a house could return Lake Panasoffkee to its near pristine condition from when Theodore Roosevelt was president. >> Read the Full Article

Thai Fishery Industry Fears Tsunami Threat to Coral Reefs, Biodiversity

Damage to coral reefs and changes in sand layers as a result of the tidal waves on Sunday has raised concern about marine biodiversity among local fishermen, as Thai waters might no longer be a rich natural resource for certain species. >> Read the Full Article

Study Shows Federal Water Subsidies Go to Largest Farms

A handful of large farms get most of the water and subsidy dollars delivered by the country's biggest federal water supply project, according to a study by a national environmental organization. >> Read the Full Article

Oil Contamination Closes Fisheries in Bering Sea Near Grounded Freighter

State regulators have banned commercial fishing in the Bering Sea near the wreckage of a grounded freighter where fuel oil has been seeping since early this month. >> Read the Full Article

Global Warming, Pollution Add to Coastal Threats

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. >> Read the Full Article

Tsunami Threatens Survival of Low-Lying Maldives Islands

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. >> Read the Full Article

Corpus Christi, Texas, Firm to Drill for Gas in National Seaside Park's Dunes

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. >> Read the Full Article

Alaska Oil Spill Damage Now Looks Worse

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. >> Read the Full Article