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Wintry Canada to Use Solar Power to Heat Homes
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canada, better known for snow than sun, plans to build a 52-home solar powered community in Alberta that will harvest the sun's rays in summer and use them to heat homes in winter, the government said Wednesday.

Washington State Lawmakers would Require New State Buildings Be 'Green'
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Rachel La Corte, Associated Press

Schools, universities and other public buildings would have to be built to meet energy efficiency, water conservation and other environmental standards under a bill given final approval by lawmakers Wednesday.

What are We Really Planting in Our Gardens? -- An ENN Commentary
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Cheryl Lowe, New England Wild Flower Society

In New England, spring is almost here. The urge to stop and admire the first blooms on the redbud tree or the spring beauties in the woods, to plant something in the garden, above all, the longing to spend more time outdoors has now become a compulsion.

Tiny Hong Kong Falling Foul of Electronic Waste, Greenpeace Claims
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Hong Kong has become a dumping ground for electronic waste from the United States, Europe and Japan and soil tests have uncovered excessive lead levels in the soil, according to Greenpeace.

Shell to Reroute Pipelines in Russian Far East Oil Project over Gray Whale Fears
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Alex Nicholson, Associated Press

Royal Dutch/Shell said Wednesday it would reroute planned pipelines at its oil and gas project off the Russian Pacific island of Sakhalin, bowing to environmentalists' demands who said the pipelines passed too close to the feeding grounds of the endangered gray whale.

Tough Steps Urged to Cut CO2 Emissions in Japan
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

A Japanese government task force approved a draft plan Tuesday for measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that significantly strengthens existing measures for fighting global warming, aiming at fulfilling the nation's obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.

What are We Really Planting in Our Gardens?
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Cheryl Lowe, New England Wild Flower Society

(By Cheryl Lowe) In New England, spring is almost here. The urge to stop and admire the first blooms on the redbud tree or the spring beauties in the woods...

Lawsuits Challenge Critical Habitat Designation for 42 Species
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

A legal foundation has filed twin federal lawsuits challenging federal protections for 42 species -- 15 of which live only in shallow seasonal pools across much of California and in far southern Oregon.

Sustainable Gardening for All
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Carrie Schluter, ENN

More and more people these days seem to be recognizing the multitude of reasons to plan and maintain an ecological landscape. Reducing pollution, conserving resources, and creating wildlife habitat are just a few of the end benefits to taking a sustainable approach to gardening.

Envirocare Looking to Expand its Operation
March 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Patty Henetz, The Salt Lake Tribune

Envirocare of Utah is seeking permission to expand its operations onto 536 acres of land it purchased from a potential competitor when the business changed hands two months ago.

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