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Traveling Light: The Environmental Impact of Vacation Travel
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

The month of May is when many people start thinking about their plans for vacations for summer, and Memorial Day is the start of the traditional "driving season." With fuel prices at all-time highs and concern about the environment growing, there will be an environment-consciousness component to vacation planning for many.

Hybrid Catfish Nears Commercial Use
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Garry Mitchell, Associated Press

Like any farmer, catfish growers have a taste for higher yields. Now after three decades of research, a hybrid catfish developed at Auburn University may satisfy that appetite for profit. There are other hybrids in the ponds -- strains of catfish crossed naturally -- but Auburn's hybrid catfish is the first manually fertilized for commercial use, according to its developers.

North Slope Oil Companies Gamble on Heavy Oil
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Oil companies are betting that heavy oil in Alaska will result in a big payoff. Heavy oil, which has the consistency of thick molasses, lies in sandstone above the huge reservoir of light oil that has been flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline since 1977. With that reservoir being drawn down, BP Group PLC and ConocoPhillips Co. are turning to hard-to-pump heavy oil to extend the life of Alaska's largest oil field.

Petroleum Industry Funds Challenge to Benzene Study
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Wendy Benjaminson, Associated Press

An oil industry trade group is challenging a U.S. government study about the dangers of benzene exposure by financing a study of its own.

Professors Develop Spreadsheet to Help Farmers Allocate Water Supplies
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Emily Fredrix, Associated Press

Scholars think tweaking variables on a spreadsheet could help those who work the land cope with a drought that just won't go away.

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Boosts Maine's Sustainable Tourism Potential
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Victoria Gannon, Portland Press Herald

For most of us, Maine is just home. But to Costas Christ, chief executive officer of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Maine is poised to become a model of sustainable tourism.

In Love with Hybrids
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Nauman, San Jose Mercury News

Hybrid car owners are a devoted lot. Maybe even crazy. Greg King, a systems engineer at Northrop Grumman in Sunnyvale, obsesses over the gasoline mileage he can eke out of his blue Honda Insight, which he bought in 2001.

High Court Rules Farmers Can Sue Dow, Pesticide Makers for Crop Destruction
April 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Hope Yen, Associated Press

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that 29 peanut farmers in Texas can proceed with their lawsuit against Dow Agrosciences after the chemical giant's weed killer unexpectedly destroyed their crops.

New Environment-Friendly Technology Developed
April 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International

The painting industry was regarded during the bubble economy as a typical example of a dirty and dangerous industry and treated as a nuisance to the environment. But painting artisans' skills developed in the city of Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, are going to bear fruit as new environmentally friendly technologies.

University Mulls Proposal to Grow Gilia for Developer
April 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Sukhjit Purewal, The Monterey County Herald

CSU-Monterey Bay may be getting into the environmental mitigation business -- for a price. The university is considering a proposal from developers to grow 150 acres of the endangered sand gilia plant on campus.

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