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Senate Tries New Strategy to Win Alaska Drilling
March 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters
The Bush administration's aim to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling was included in a draft Senate budget resolution on Wednesday, improving its chances of passage after repeated filibusters, a senior Republican senator said.
Invasive Tree Species Infestation Spotted
March 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Janis L. Magin, Associated Press
Researchers using a sophisticated sensor aboard an aircraft flying at the edge of space were able to spot an invasive tree species starting to take over native forests near the Big Island's Kilauea Volcano, according to a study published Monday.
Shooting Hobbyist Invents Eco-Friendly Target
March 9, 2005 12:00 AM - John Nolan, The Wisconsin State Journal
Joe Schroeder is a man who isn't afraid to pull the trigger on an inventive idea. Living on a portion of his family's farm in Juneau, the self-employed 44-year-old used to spend time pondering ways to fire his shotgun at targets across the open spaces. But, an environmentally conscious shooting hobbyist, Schroeder could not bring himself to fire a single shot.
Mercury Study Identifies Problem Spots
March 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A four-year study in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada released on Tuesday identifies several so-called mercury "hot spots" and suggests contamination by the toxic metal is more pervasive than originally believed.
Cherished Tradition Sparks Battle over Beach Access along Great Lakes
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press
Walking along the waterfront is a cherished activity in the Great Lakes region, with its thousand miles of shoreline. But some worry that a lawsuit might lead to limits on the beach access people have long enjoyed.
Botswana Elephants Hit Namibia Crops, Environment
March 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter Apps, Reuters
Botswana's growing elephant population is increasingly thundering across the border into neighboring Namibia and causing havoc, an environmental development group says.
Knowledge Fades As Africa Languages Die
March 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Terry Leonard, Associated Press
A U.N. Conference on Trade and Development report on protecting traditional knowledge argues that beyond a devastating impact on culture, the death of a language wipes out centuries of know-how in preserving ecosystems -- leading to grave consequences for biodiversity.
Building a Business on Junk
March 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Victoria Hirschberg, Victoria Advocate
From the ornate decorations and columns that accent the Escamilla living room, it's hard to believe their home-based business is about debris, dirt and lots of junk.
Government Sets Conditions for Importing Beluga Caviar, Proposes Coral Protections
March 4, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
The government is setting conditions for trade in beluga caviar, saying exporting countries must give the United States assurances that they can conserve populations of beluga sturgeon.
Washington Wary as New Predator Creeps Closer
March 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Patricia Wilson, Reuters
They're smart, adaptive, secretive and operate under cover of darkness. Alert and wary, they've now been spotted less than 3 miles from the White House.