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EarthTalk: Healthy Alternatives to Sugar
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Perhaps since the diet crazes of the 1970s, Americans have been looking to cut back on their intake of sugar. And doctors couldn’t be happier, as they consider the prevalence of sugar in our society a root cause of numerous health problems, including the recent trends in obesity and adult onset diabetes.

Nobel Peace Winner Appeals for Protection of African Forests in Rome
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Marta Falconi, Associated Press

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner appealed Tuesday for better protection of Central Africa's forests in an attempt to eradicate poverty and bring peace to the region, a U.N agency said.

Senate Votes to Open Oil Drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush.

New Fairy Shrimp Species Found in Idaho
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Boone, Associated Press

Biologists with the Idaho National Guard have discovered a new species of fairy shrimp living in the oft-dry lake beds of Idaho's desert.

Agency Orders Power Plant Mercury Pollution Cut by Nearly 50 Percent
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration on Tuesday ordered power plants to cut mercury pollution from U.S. smokestacks by nearly half within 15 years but left an out for the worst polluters.

Greens Clash over S. African Elephant Cull Question
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A simmering battle over culling elephants has brought to light sharp divisions in the green movement over how to restrain a burgeoning population from outgrowing the confined wilderness of South Africa's parks.

Senate Prepares to Vote on Alaska Refuge Drilling Proposal
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Despite increased GOP strength, the Senate appeared to be evenly divided Tuesday in advance of a key vote on whether to allow oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge.

Raed G. Battah, The Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky.
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Forestry Consultant Brings Big Yields, Conservation to Bowling Green, Kentucky

Kraig Moore is more productive in the woods than in the office.

Ten 'Beneficial Bugs' for the Sustainable Garden
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Carrie Schluter, ENN

As strange as it may seem, many kinds of bugs are a gardener's natural allies in the war against, well...bugs. In your effort to minimize the use of chemicals in your garden, consider the benefits of welcoming the presence of certain insects to help keep the impact of their peskier counterparts in check.

Thai Government to Urge Motorbike Trade-Ins to Ease Air Pollution
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Thai government will urge two-stroke motorcycle owners to trade in their machines for cleaner-burning four-stroke models to help alleviate Bangkok's choking air pollution.

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