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Solar-Power Cars Set Off Across Australian Outback
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Twenty-two bug-shaped solar cars designed and built by corporations and universities from around the world set out across the vast, inhospitable Australian outback on Sunday in the eighth World Solar Challenge.

Hurricane Rita Affecting Bird Migration
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

For millennia, fall's Gulf of Mexico hurricanes have butted gale-force winds against the southbound journeys of migrating birds. Somehow, the birds have been able to sense storm paths and survive.

Early Snowmelts Heating Alaska Arctic, Study Suggests
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Spring snowmelt in Alaska's Arctic is occurring progressively earlier, accelerating the region's climate change and helping produce its warmest summers in at least 400 years, according to a new study.

Tsunami Actually Aided Crops in Indonesia
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Brummitt, Associated Press

From atop the coconut tree where he fled to escape the onrushing water, Muhammad Yacob watched the tsunami turn his rice paddy into a briny, debris-strewn swamp. Nine months later, Yacob and his wife are harvesting their best-ever crop -- despite fears that salt water had poisoned the land.

Caribbean Corals Hit by Warm, Storm-Spawning Seas
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Corals in the Caribbean are being damaged by the same warm seas that have fuelled Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the WWF conservation group said.

New Algae Species Complicates Efforts to Improve Taste, Smell of San Diego Drinking Water
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Regional water quality experts reported progress today in dealing with an unrelenting new strain of algae in Lake Skinner that is affecting the taste and smell of drinking water being served to consumers in San Diego and southwest Riverside counties.

Reflecting New Shopping Trend, Stop & Shop Touts Organics
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Grimaldi, The Providence Journal, R.I.

Traditional supermarkets see organic foods as one way to hold on to shoppers lured away by low-price wholesale clubs, convenience stores and other retailers that stock food.

Poll Shows Many Firms See Global Warming Affecting Their Business
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Most major companies see global warming as presenting "commercial risks or opportunities" to their business, but many of them are failing to curb their emission of greenhouse gases, a Britain-based group's survey indicated Sunday.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Begins Assessing Damage on Texas Coast
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District began assessing damage on the Texas coast Saturday, according to Col. Steve Haustein, District Engineer and Commander.

Lawsuit Filed Against Major Oil Companies Alleging Ecological Damage Worsened Katrina
September 26, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

NEW ORLEANS — A lawsuit has been filed against several major oil companies alleging that they are culpable for the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

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