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Japan Coast Guard Investigates Strange Water Vapor Plume at Sea Near Iwo Jima
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A mysterious column of water vapor that shot a kilometer (3,300 feet) into the sky from the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima was likely caused by an underwater volcanic eruption, and ships should avoid the area, Japanese officials said on Sunday.

Amazon Officials Work to Protect Biological Riches in Brazil
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Amazon nations must protect the region's riches and knowledge from "biopirates" seeking to patent the rainforest's biological riches, an Ecuadorean official said Friday.

Nations Agree to Cuts in Ozone-Depleting Pesticide
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A group of 189 developed nations, including the United States, have agreed to cut use of a pesticide that depletes the ozone layer.

A Second Chance -- A Guest Commentary
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flicker, National Audubon Society

At first some of us didn’t know how to react to the rediscovery of an ivory-billed woodpecker in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. After all, we environmentalists aren’t used to such good news. I thought about former Audubon president John Baker, and wished he were still alive to see this miraculous event. In 1942 he led a desperate effort to stop the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company from cutting down the bottomland forest in Louisiana where the last ivory-bill had been seen. Chicago Mill and Lumber refused, the trees were cut, and Baker watched what everyone thought was the last bird disappear.

Gaylord Nelson, Environmentalist Politician Who Started Earth Day, Dies at 89
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press

During the Vietnam War, Gaylord Nelson looked at the anti-war teach-ins and got an idea: Why not try the same thing for the environment? The result was Earth Day, and with it the start of the modern environmental movement.

Beyond Food and Drugs, Biotech Fights Pollution
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

On the site of a former hat factory in Danbury, Conn., a stand of genetically altered cottonwood trees sucks mercury from the contaminated soil. Across the continent in California, researchers use transgenic Indian mustard plants to soak up dangerously high selenium deposits caused by irrigation of the nation's bread basket.

A Second Chance
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flicker, National Audubon Society

(By John Flicker) At first some of us didn’t know how to react to the rediscovery of an ivory-billed woodpecker in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. After all, we environmentalists aren’t used to such good news. I thought about former Audubon president John Baker, and wished he were still alive to see this miraculous event. In 1942 he led a desperate effort to stop the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company from cutting down the bottomland forest in Louisiana where the last ivory-bill had been seen. Chicago Mill and Lumber refused, the trees were cut, and Baker watched what everyone thought was the last bird disappear.

Russia Halts Surveying on Pacific Oil Pipeline Skirting World's Biggest Freshwater Lake
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Russia's natural resources ministry said Thursday that surveying work for an oil pipeline to Asian markets had been halted around Lake Baikal, the world's biggest freshwater lake, over ecology fears.

140,000 People Flee Flooded Homes as Heavy Monsoon Rains Lash Eastern India
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Heavy monsoon downpours lashed eastern India on Thursday, submerging vast areas in the eastern state of Orissa and forcing around 140,000 people to flee their homes and move to higher ground.

Hopi Plan Action against Forest Service
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today

"I am disappointed but not at all surprised at this latest decision of the Forest Service to uphold the desecration of Nuvatukyaovi (San Francisco Peaks)," Hopi Chairman Wayne Taylor said. Southwestern Regional Forester Harv Forsgren affirmed the decision by Coconino National Forest Supervisor Nora Rasure, which approved expansion and snow production from recycled water at the Arizona Snowbowl on San Francisco Peaks.

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