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Toxic Algae on Florida's Lake Okeechobee Jeopardizes $8.4 Billion Everglades Restoration
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jill Barton, Associated Press

Lake Okeechobee was in trouble before last year's hurricanes churned up a thick layer of pollution from the bottom, turning the water the color of day-old coffee. But the worst may be yet to come.

Midwest Research Projects Look to Hydrogen
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Several research projects in South Dakota and neighboring states are looking to hydrogen as a fuel source that could reduce air pollution, global warming and dependence on foreign oil.

Traveling Light: The Environmental Impact of Vacation Travel
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

The month of May is when many people start thinking about their plans for vacations for summer, and Memorial Day is the start of the traditional "driving season." With fuel prices at all-time highs and concern about the environment growing, there will be an environment-consciousness component to vacation planning for many.

America's Other Trade Deficit
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Ovetz, PhD

(By Robert Ovetz, PhD) The massive die off of nearly one half of the US’s honey bees over the past six months indicates an underlying new, as yet unidentified, indicator of national economic well being and public health.

Hybrid Catfish Nears Commercial Use
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Garry Mitchell, Associated Press

Like any farmer, catfish growers have a taste for higher yields. Now after three decades of research, a hybrid catfish developed at Auburn University may satisfy that appetite for profit. There are other hybrids in the ponds -- strains of catfish crossed naturally -- but Auburn's hybrid catfish is the first manually fertilized for commercial use, according to its developers.

North Slope Oil Companies Gamble on Heavy Oil
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Oil companies are betting that heavy oil in Alaska will result in a big payoff. Heavy oil, which has the consistency of thick molasses, lies in sandstone above the huge reservoir of light oil that has been flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline since 1977. With that reservoir being drawn down, BP Group PLC and ConocoPhillips Co. are turning to hard-to-pump heavy oil to extend the life of Alaska's largest oil field.

Town Debates Plans for Liquefied Natural Gas Import Terminal
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

Residents here are asking themselves whether they want a liquefied natural gas terminal built across the bay from their peaceful river town. They aren't alone in wrestling with that question.

Mexican Environmentalist Jailed on Defamation Charges
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

One of Mexico's best-known environmental activists has been arrested on charges of defaming a businessman in the Caribbean coast resort of Cancun after she protested the questionable importation of dolphins for an aquatic theme park.

Exploding Toads May Have Been Pecked by Birds for Their Livers, Veterinarian Says
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Surman, Associated Press

What's making toads puff up and explode in northern Europe? More than 1,000 toad corpses have been found at a pond in an upscale neighborhood in Hamburg and over the border in Denmark after bloating and bursting.

EPA Exceeds Mercury Cleanup Projection
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency estimated in an internal report as much as $2 billion in yearly benefits from cutting mercury pollution just in the Southeast -- 40 times the value the agency projected publicly for the entire nation.

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