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Vermont Adopts New Rules To Cut Car CO2 Emissions
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - David Gram, Associated Press

Vermont on Wednesday approved stricter standards for vehicle emissions to reduce greenhouse gases, leading five other Northeastern states working on the same rules.

Ruling Against New Land-Use Law Sows Uncertainty across Oregon
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

For decades, Jean Jesse has dreamed of building a home on the plot she owns near the Portland suburb of Hillsboro. She may have to dream a little longer.

Climate Change Linked to Rise in Malaria, Asthma
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Climate change may promote the spread of deadly diseases like malaria and asthma in both rich and poor countries by increasing the range of parasitic insects and whipping up dust from storms, a new report says.

New Orleans' Toxic Soup Is Served Up All Over America -- A Guest Commentary
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. James Martin, The Martin Clinic

News of the "toxic soup" contained in the floodwaters of New Orleans has been making headlines around the world, but this recipe is served up daily in practically every city throughout the United States. While the recipes differ from state to state, the "backbone" ingredients -- pesticides, heavy metals, petroleum products and other industrial chemicals -- are virtually everywhere.

Cape Verde's Fragile Paradise on the Brink
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Emmanuel Braun, Reuters

Loggerhead turtles flock to Cape Verde's quiet, white beaches to lay their eggs but the tranquillity that draws them may be under threat as the West African islands try to lure more sun-seekers.

Parents Worried about Pesticides Turn to Organic Food
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

Erin O'Neal has two daughters and a fridge stocked with organic cheese, milk, fruits and vegetables in her Annapolis, Md., home. She is among the increasing number of parents who buy organic to keep their children's diets free of food grown with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or genetic engineering.

Caribbean Reefs Bleached by Warm Water
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A bleaching phenomenon caused by unusually warm waters is whitening coral reefs throughout the Caribbean, raising fears of a large-scale die-off of the organisms, scientists said Wednesday.

Environmentalists Blast New Policy on Off-Road Vehicles
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Environmentalists and recreation groups decried a Forest Service plan to restrict off-road vehicles, saying the new policy could legitimize hundreds of illegal trails carved out by off-road enthusiasts.

New Orleans' Toxic Soup Is Served Up All Over America
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. James Martin, The Martin Clinic

(By Dr. James Martin) News of the "toxic soup" contained in the floodwaters of New Orleans has been making headlines around the world, but this recipe is served up daily in practically every city throughout the United States. While the recipes differ from state to state, the "backbone" ingredients -- pesticides, heavy metals, petroleum products and other industrial chemicals -- are virtually everywhere.

Trial Begins in Rhode Island's Lead Paint Lawsuit
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Eric Tucker, Associated Press

Trial began Tuesday in Rhode Island's second attempt to hold former makers of lead-based paint accountable for a product that prosecutors say has sickened children and contaminated hundreds of thousands of homes.

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