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Norway's Statoil Shuts Down Oil Drilling Rig After Arctic Oil Spill
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

Oil exploration drilling from the offshore rig Eirik Raude has been shut down after its third spill into ecologically fragile Arctic waters in just over two months, Statoil ASA announced Wednesday.

Whole Foods, Nation's Biggest Organic and Natural Food Seller, to Enter Milwaukee Market
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The nation's largest seller of organic and natural foods will open a Milwaukee supermarket, launching a powerful niche player into the area's grocery business, and creating a new retail anchor for an east side neighborhood.

Report Shows Good Progress on Small Grain Planting in Iowa
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Wilde, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

When Dan and Pat Kubik planted 25 acres of organic flax a little more than a week ago, the couple had their doubts.

EU Considers Suspending U.S. Corn Gluten Imports in Biotech Dispute
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Ames, Associated Press

The European Union is considering suspending imports of corn gluten animal feed from the United States worth 347 million euros ($450 million) a year after shipments of an unauthorized genetically modified corn were sent to the EU, a spokesman said Monday.

Global-Warming Experts Address 100 Loggers
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Some experts say global warming is changing wooded regions across the nation, and Northwest timber industry workers are among those following the phenomenon amid concern it could eventually affect their livelihoods.

Japanese Whaling Ships Leave for Controversial Research Hunt off Northern Coast
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Six ships left a port in northern Japan on Monday for a whale hunt in an offshore research program that critics have denounced as a cover for commercial whaling.

On Beyond Organic: Organic Marijuana
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

About two months ago, California's Mendocino County petitioned the state to allow regulation and certification of organic marijuana farms.

In Latin America, a New Gold Rush Runs into Opposition over Strip Mines, Cyanide
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

A surge in world gold prices is attracting U.S. and Canadian companies eager for another crack at the Latin American lodes that once enriched the Old World. But their modern-day methods -- strip mines and cyanide-based refining -- are meeting fierce resistance.

Sheep and Insects to Help Kill Exotic Weeds in Arizona Forests
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Three of Arizona's national forests will soon be providing a smorgasbord for weevils, flies, moths, beetles and sheep. The critters are expected to be sent in as early as this summer to munch on dangerous and invasive weeds that are harming endangered and threatened native plants and wildlife.

Alternatives to Ozone-Depleting Chemicals also Contributing to Climate Change, U.N. Says
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press

Alternatives to ozone-depleting chemicals in products like pesticides and aerosols are also contributing to climate change, according to a U.N. report released Monday.

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