States Look to National Guard as Last Resort in Coming Fire Season
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Melanthia Mitchell, Associated Press
The Northwest faces what could be one of its worst wildfire seasons in years, but military duty in Iraq means forestry officials might not be able to call on their states' National Guard units as much as they'd like.
Engineers Redesign Roads to Save Moose
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Trudy Tynan, Associated Press
At night on a dark country road, all that the headlights catch are the shadowy legs the size of tree trunks rising out of the pavement. Standing six feet at the shoulder, weighing up to 1,000 pounds, with massive antlers more than five feet across, moose tower over automobiles and have no fear of them.
Federal Lawmaker Advises People in Northern Australia to Bludgeon Toxic Toads to Death
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A government lawmaker advised people in northern Australia to bludgeon to death toxic toads that are advancing toward the region's main city, Darwin.
States Ask Court to Force EPA Action on Greenhouse Gases
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
A coalition of 12 states and several cities asked a federal appeals court Friday to make the Environmental Protection Agency reconsider its decision not to regulate heat-trapping greenhouse gases as air pollutants.
On the U.S. Chesapeake, Asian Oyster Stirs Debate
April 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Andy Sullivan, Reuters
The oysters piled high in Rich Harding's boat are the best he's seen in years -- plump and healthy, with no signs of the diseases that have ravaged shellfish beds on the Chesapeake Bay.
Brazil's Soldiers Learn to Love the Jungle
April 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Angus McSwan, Reuters
A sign saying "The tears begin here" greets the young Brazilian soldiers as they clamber down from trucks and begin a march along a track in the Amazon jungle. Weighed down by two heavy packs, two rifles and tramping along in sweltering heat, several stumble and fall on the way.
White Pelicans Return to N.D. Refuge
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press
Biologists are buoyed by the first wave of white pelicans returning to the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in central North Dakota.
State Department Pressed to Open North Dakota Drainage Project to International Judgment
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - William C. Mann, Associated Press
Officials from both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, in Washington to press Canada's case against a drainage project in North Dakota, urged the State Department on Wednesday to send the case to an international commission.
Alaska Starts Kill of Grizzly Bears to Boost Moose
April 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
For the first time since Alaska became a U.S. state, hunters will be allowed to use bait to lure and kill grizzly bears under a program intended to boost moose populations in parts of interior Alaska.
EPA Says 21 Counties in Nine States Now Meet New Air-Quality Standards
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Nalia Rulon, Associated Press
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that 21 counties in nine states are being removed from the government's watch list of areas in the country with the dirtiest air.