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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.

Officials Investigate Deaths of Sea Birds
July 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Wildlife officials are trying to determine what is killing hundreds of sea birds that have washed ashore in Virginia Beach and other locations along the Atlantic coast in the past several weeks.

Los Angeles School District Wrestles with Environmental Issues in Building Boom
July 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Wides, Associated Press

In the Los Angeles district, where enrollment has reached 746,000, families in heavily minority communities have pushed for decades for new classrooms to help eliminate year-round classes and ease violence attributed to overcrowding. But after construction began in the mid-1990s, several highly touted projects became environmental albatrosses.

Australia Scientists Find New Dolphin, the Snubfin
July 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Tait, Reuters

Australian researchers have identified a new species of dolphin which was once thought to have been the same as an extremely rare mammal predominantly found in Asian coastal waters and rivers.

Honda Develops Improved Hybrid System for New Civic
July 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Honda has developed an improved gas-and-electric engine for the new Civic compact set to go on sale in North America, Japan and Europe this fall, the Japanese automaker said Tuesday.

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