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Experts See Alaska as U.S. Front against Bird Flu
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Bird experts working in some of the most remote areas of Alaska have begun checking migrating birds for avian influenza to see if they are spreading the feared virus out of Asia.

Study Finds Oregon Wild Fish Risk Extinction
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The first status report on wild fish in a decade suggests that nearly half the native species in Oregon are at risk of extinction. Eleven of the 33 salmon and steelhead populations are at risk of irreversible decline, and seven are potentially at risk, according to a draft of the report.

AOL Co-Founder Steve Case Purchases Majority Stake in Flexcar
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Steve Case, the co-founder of America Online Inc., said Wednesday that his investment firm has purchased a majority stake in Flexcar and plans to embark on a major expansion for the car-sharing business.

New Atlas Highlights Plight of World's Great Apes
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

The first detailed global map of the world's great apes -- from gorillas to orangutans -- shows they are in deep trouble. The World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation, published by the United Nations to coincide with world great apes day on Thursday, illustrates the need for concerted international action, the U.N. said.

Once the Driver of the State's Economy, Mississippi Coast Now a Big Stretch of Rubble
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press

From the coin-spitting slot machines to the stately Southern beach cottages, Mississippi's coastline has long been the economic engine for the entire state. But every industry along the coast has been devastated by Hurricane Katrina in a way that will take years, if not decades, to recover.

Back-To-Greener-Schools
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Joyce H. Newman, The Green Guide

(By Joyce H. Newman) New York has just become the first state to require that all schools use safer, non-toxic cleaning products. Passage of New York’s pioneering legislation -- similar to laws in Washington State that require all school and public buildings to “go green” -- was driven by mounting concerns that many school buildings and grounds are actually quite unhealthy environments. In the recent past, more than 50% of all public schools in the U.S. were cited for poor indoor air quality, and things are getting worse, according to government reports.

Conservation Agriculture Comes to a Close
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Mikkel Pates, Agweek Magazine

An experimental program designed to demonstrate and document the economic, environmental and social benefits of "holistic" farming practices is a good first step, say its leaders.

A New Market for Grocery Store Bags
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter B. Lord, The Providence Journal

Starting Friday, Rhode Islanders who take the trouble to return used plastic shopping bags to their local grocery stores can rest assured they are making a solid contribution to the environment. Very solid.

Department of Energy Selects SRI International to Develop Low-Cost Hydrogen Generation System
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded an SRI-led team a four-year, $2.2 million contract to develop a prototype of a modular industrial system that uses steam electrolysis for low-cost generation of hydrogen.

American Humane Association's Animal Rescue Rig Deploys Today
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The American Humane Association announced this morning that it will deploy its Animal Emergency Services rescue rig to join its fleet of vehicles and volunteer responders already staged in Mississippi, ready to respond to the needs of Hurricane Katrina's animal victims.

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