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Greenpeace Gives Golden Chainsaw to Brazil Tycoon
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazilian agriculture tycoon Blairo Maggi, the world's largest soy producer, has been voted winner of environmental group Greenpeace's first Golden Chainsaw award for contributing to Amazon destruction.

Private Space Group to Launch Solar Sail Orbiter
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Gina Keating, Reuters

The world's first solar sail spacecraft takes flight Tuesday, launched by space enthusiasts who cobbled the privately funded mission together on $4 million and an untested theory that light can power limitless space exploration.

A Decade Ago, Massive Hog Waste Spill Inspired Industry Reforms
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Mazzolini, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C.

It's been 10 years since a lagoon broke at Oceanview Farm near Richlands, spewing millions of gallons of hog waste that eventually ran into the New River. Ten years, and the memories are still alive for those who were here. It was a chaotic time that impacted nearly every aspect of the community -- set neighbor against neighbor and altered the business landscape for one of the state's most promising industries.

Natural Gas Backs Peruvian Power Play
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Tyler Bridges, The Miami Herald

Peru is moving aggressively to develop its natural-gas holdings while controversy over how to develop greater gas reserves in neighboring Bolivia has set off political crises that have now toppled two presidents.

High-Tech Recycling: It's a Trashy Future
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Busse, The News & Advance, Lynchburg, Va.

Are you getting ready to throw out an old computer, cell phone or printer cartridge? If you're interested, there are alternatives to relegating electronics to the trash heap, alternatives that could help schools, soldiers and victims of domestic violence, among others.

Roanoke's Maple Leaf Bakery To Take Clean Air Measures
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Duncan Adams, The Roanoke Times

Many people savor the aroma of baking bread, but a bread-baking factory can pollute the air. In early April, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality ordered Maple Leaf Bakery in Roanoke to pay a fine of $2,640 for exceeding a permitted limit on its emissions of ethyl alcohol.

Rare Chatty Songbird Spotted in California
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A chatty songbird thought to have disappeared from the Central Valley 60 years ago has been spotted nesting in a patch of restored habitat along the San Joaquin River.

Feds Intervene for Endangered Wyoming Toad
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to reintroduce several hundred more Wyoming toad tadpoles in Albany County.

U.S. Senate Climate Vote Puts Heat on Admininstration
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

A simmering conflict between U.S. lawmakers and the Bush administration over global climate change could boil over in the coming week when the Senate debates legislation that would require U.S. industry to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases.

Retired Mechanic Finds New Flower Species
June 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hiking in the Ouachita Mountains one day, retired mechanic John Pelton's eye caught a pink flower that he hadn't noticed before. The man with a passion for plant life couldn't figure out just what kind of flower he had found in Saline County.

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