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NRC Chairman Says U.S. Needs 100 New Nuclear Power Plants across Country
May 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph Mann, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The United States needs to add about 100 nuclear power plants over the next two decades to meet burgeoning demand for electric power and maintain the current generating mix, Nils J. Diaz, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission told reporters.

Small Oil Company Touts Potentially Huge Discovery, Analysts Skeptical
May 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Foy, Associated Press

A tiny oil company has snapped up leasing rights to a half-million acres in central Utah that it says could yield a billion barrels or more of oil.

EarthNews Radio: Organic Beauty Products
May 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Many websites are now touting beauty products that are "organic." But some of these companies' offerings are loaded with chemicals, and the consumer has to check the veracity the "organic" claims.

Soybean Growers Brace for Insect Outbreak
May 4, 2005 12:00 AM - John Seewer, Associated Press

Farmers are bracing for what researchers predict will be the return of an insect that attacks soybeans in the Midwest, where most of the crop is grown.

Ask Umbra: This Mortal Soil
May 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

Ah, spring is in the air. Or is that smog? Whatever the aroma, it causes one reader to wonder about the environmental impacts of mulching one's garden. Green advice guru Umbra Fisk is a veritable horn of plenty on the topic. Get her advice on the Grist Magazine website.

Myanmar Issues Regulations to Save Decimated Marine Turtle Population
May 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Eating the meat and eggs of turtles will no longer be allowed under a package of regulations issued by the Myanmar government to save the country's decimated population of marine turtles, a state-run newspaper said Wednesday.

Beached Dolphins Released into Waters off Florida
May 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Myers, Reuters

Seven stranded rough-toothed dolphins swam to freedom 14 miles offshore in the Florida Straits Tuesday as rescue volunteers released them back into deep waters after two months of rehabilitation.

U.S. Energy Chief Wants Global Push for 'Clean Coal'
May 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Laurence Frost, Associated Press

U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman called for more international efforts to develop coal as an alternative energy source as ministers met Tuesday to address concerns over the future of the world's energy supplies.

U.S. Zoo Considers Using Animal Waste as Energy Source
May 4, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is looking to become the first zoo in the nation to be powered by its own animal waste -- particularly the prodigious piles produced by its pachyderms.

Early Alaska Wildfire Sparks Fears of Tough Season
May 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Alaska's wildfire season got off to an early start this year with more than 4,800 acres of spruce forest ablaze Tuesday, and authorities warned low water levels and high temperatures could mean a tough fire season ahead for the western United States.

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