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Colorado Bases Offer Hope to Communities Facing Military Closures
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Weller, Associated Press

More than a decade ago, the last round of military base closings cost the Denver area both the Lowry Air Force Base and the Fitzsimons Army Hospital -- facilities that boasted 11,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in military spending. But don't cry for the Mile High City: Both former bases are booming.

EarthNews Radio: Biotech Pharming
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Do you know what "pharming" is? Jerry Kay spoke to Joseph Mendelson, Co-Founder and Legal Director of the Center for Food Safety to explain:

Draft Legislation Sides With Developers Over Majority of Americans: Defenders of Wildlife
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Draft legislation prepared by Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Cal.) would severely undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and punch loopholes in the law on behalf of oil companies, large-scale developers, timber companies, mining corporations, and other special interests.

Entrepreneurs Hope Grass Products Can Help Save Woods
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathy Gilbert, Chattanooga Times/Free Press

In a beige metal-clad building in a quiet Athens, Tenn., neighborhood, tens of thousands of tiny bamboo and Arundo donax grass plants are sprouting in baby food jars and plastic restaurant to-go containers. Susan and John Woods, co-owners of West Wind Technology Inc., aim to save the woods.

Why Does Organic Food Cost More than Conventional?
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Ellen Simon, Associated Press

Why does organic food cost more than conventionally grown food? There are a bushel of reasons. Limits on pesticides, for instance, mean more hand-weeding. They also mean farmers run a higher risk of losing all or part of a year's crop.

Some Firms Give Workers Financial Incentives to Buy Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Christina Siderius, The Seattle Times

Faced with rising gas prices and increasing concerns about pollution, companies are writing checks to employees to buy cars that are more fuel-efficient and less harmful to the environment.

Global Environmental Changes to be a Key Issue At This Week's G8
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Global climate change will be a major focus at this week's G8 Summit. Scotland, host of the summit, is committed to innovation in the renewable energy sector and, as such, has created a solid industry and government support mechanism to achieve its aggressive renewable energy targets - 40 percent by 2020.

Pollution Experts Head to Ship Grounded at Marine Reserve off Hawaii
July 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. Coast Guard said it was sending experts to assess and cope with any environmental damage to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands marine reserve after a ship ran aground on a remote atoll there over the weekend.

Lotuses Evolve Smaller on Human Picking
July 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

When Charles Darwin explained evolution, the process he observed was natural selection. It turns out inadvertent human selection can also cause species to evolve. Take the case of the snow lotus, a rare plant that grows only at high levels in the Himalayas.

Israel Orders Environmental Survey of Gaza Settlements to Counter Claims of Pollution
July 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Israel is to conduct an environmental survey of its Gaza Strip settlements ahead of the planned pullout next month in a bid to counter Palestinian claims it has deliberately polluted the area, Environment Minister Shalom Simchon said Tuesday.

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