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Greenpeace Plans Arctic Trek to Highlight Warming
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two Minnesota men said Tuesday they will attempt the first summertime crossing of the Arctic Ocean, a trek sponsored by the environmental group Greenpeace to show how global warming is melting the northern ice cap.

Bush Lays Out Energy Plan As Prices Soar
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

President Bush, facing economic and political damage from soaring gas prices, offered proposals Wednesday to speed construction of nuclear power plants and oil refineries and boost sales of energy-efficient vehicles.

Taiwan Gets Tough on Trash as Space Runs Out
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard Dobson, Reuters

Sifting through garbage isn't something most people are very keen on but, in Taiwan, dodging the dirty duty could result in a fine of almost US$200. Every night, Chang watches her neighbors haul bags of trash past her laundry store to a street corner, where they wait for the wafting melody of Beethoven's Fuer Elise blared from loudspeakers to herald the arrival of the garbage truck.

Many Old Computers Put to Use Again, Study Finds
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Karl Schoenberger, San Jose Mercury News

More than half the old personal computers replaced by consumers last year were put to productive use instead of being dumped or stored away, according to a nationwide survey by MetaFacts, a San Diego research firm.

Exploding Toads in a Hamburg Pond Baffle Scientists
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

More than 1,000 toads have puffed up and exploded in a Hamburg pond in recent weeks, and German scientists still have no explanation for what's causing the combustion, an official said Wednesday.

U.S. Government Agrees to Consider Federal Protection for Two Rare Plants in U.S. Virgin Islands
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

The U.S. government agreed to rule on whether two plants species found only in the U.S. Virgin Islands should be placed under federal protection, settling a lawsuit Tuesday with an environmental group.

Ameren is Asked to Press Fight on Global Warming
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Sara Shipley, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Environmental and consumer groups turned up the heat on Ameren Corp. on Tuesday in a bid to persuade the utility to do more to combat global warming. St. Louis-based Ameren is the seventh-largest source of carbon-dioxide emissions among electric utilities, according to an analysis of government data by Clear the Air, a coalition of environmental groups.

Tough Environmental Rules for New Housing Complexes
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - The Times of India

All new housing complexes that accommodate more than 1,000 people or generates 50,000 or more litres of sewage per day and buildings worth Rs 50 crore will have to get environmental clearance.

Forestry Now Florida's Economic Heavyweight
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Alison Trinidad, The Florida Times-Union

Oranges, make way, forestry is the top money maker in Florida agriculture, according to a new University of Florida study. Florida's forests have the greatest economic impact than any other sector in the state's $67 billion agricultural industry -- beating citrus, vegetables and other plants.

EarthNews Radio: Master Gardeners International Conference
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Do you want to hone your gardening skills, and gain knowledge about the craft from some of the world's master gardeners? There's a conference you can attend in Canada this summer to do just that.

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