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More Rare Hummingbirds Spotted in Texas
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Blaney, Associated Press

The recent sighting of a rare hummingbird has bird biologists in Texas almost giddy. A white-eared hummingbird spotted in Lubbock earlier this month was the first to be seen in the South Plains and Panhandle regions, according to the Llano Estacado Audubon Society.

Rare Island Birds Threatened by 'Super Mice'
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

"Monster mice" are eating metre-high albatross chicks alive, threatening rare bird species on a remote south Atlantic island seen as the world's most important seabird colony.

Environmental Report Names Top Power Plant Polluters in Northeast
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard C. Lewis, Associated Press

Ten power plants in the Northeast last year produced a third of the region's carbon dioxide emissions, considered a major contributor to global warming, according to a report released Tuesday by a coalition of environmental groups.

Livestock Not Immune from Heat Stress in Midwest
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - John Seewer, Associated Press

Farmers across the Midwest are using everything from electric fans to cold showers to keep their livestock from wilting in the oppressive heat, which is blamed for killing at least 1,200 head of cattle in Nebraska.

Coalition of Groups Takes Aim at Sacramento, California Public TV Show
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Wasserman, The Sacramento Bee

A 40-member coalition of food safety groups, environmentalists and anti-biotech organizations is demanding that a Sacramento public television station withdraw its national weekly TV series on American food production scheduled to debut in September.

Witnesses Say Bears Back in Switzerland
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Bears may have returned to Switzerland, more than 100 years after disappearing from their Alpine habitat, according to eyewitnesses.

Canon Unveils Recycling Program to Consumers
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Imaging and copy giant Canon has announced a recycling program for its products. The recycling of used and obsolete electronic products is becoming an issue throughout the consumer and office electronics products industry.

Energy Compromise has Billions in Tax Breaks for Energy Companies, Cuts Conservation Support
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Lawmakers scaled back support for energy conservation and efficiency programs as part of a $11.5 billion tax package expected to be added Wednesday to a sweeping energy bill that Congress hopes to complete this week.

Australia, U.S. Plan New Emissions Pact as Alternative to Kyoto Protocol
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

The United States will join India, China and Australia in announcing a new pact to limit greenhouse gases as an alternative to the Kyoto Protocol, Australia's environment minister said Wednesday.

Researcher Trying to Breed Tropical Fish
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A University of New England researcher is working to breed a tropical aquarium fish in captivity in an effort to take pressure off fragile ecosystems in Southeast Asia that are being damaged by unsustainable harvesting of exotic fish species.

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