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Pollution Shortens Life Expectancy Worldwide
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Tracee Herbaugh, Associated Press

More than 10 million people are at risk for lung infection, cancer and shortened life expectancy because they live in the 10 worst-polluted cities in the world, according to a report issued Wednesday.

Greens Eye Comeback for American Bison
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

The seven bison on display in a fenced enclosure here hardly evoke the teeming hordes that once stretched to the horizon. But some ecologists hope that they can reintroduce bison to the wild in parts of the American West.

Wal-Mart Letting the Sun Shine Iin: The Sky's the Limit
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Brawley Morgan, The Daily Oklahoman

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, first tried out its bright idea -- skylights -- at a store in Oklahoma. The "early experiment" was in 1995, when the roof of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Moore was dotted with skylights.

Seeking a Sustainable Lode
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Dana M. Nichols, The Record

The boom-and-bust cycle of resource addiction is old news in the Mother Lode. First gold, then timber built towns that later went into decline when each raw material started running out.

Rainwater as a Cash Crop
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Zeke MacCormack, San Antonio Express-News

Promoting rainwater catchment systems on homes and businesses in Kendall County -- the first major initiative by a new development agency here -- will make more and more economic sense as growth strains area aquifers, officials say.

Greener Growth
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Candace C. Mundy, Tampa Tribune

Robert Thomas wanted to keep his family's 14,000 acres a working ranch forever, but as subdivisions in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel crept closer, the Thomases relented.

Pennsylvania Moves to End Cruelty at Puppy Mills
October 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Jon Hurdle, Reuters

Pennsylvania unveiled measures Tuesday to crack down on commercial kennels that breed dogs in inhumane conditions across a state that has one of the biggest concentrations of so-called puppy mills in the United States.

Oregon Airport De-Icing System Harms Fish
October 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A $31 million system designed to collect runoff from de-icing fluid sprayed on planes at Portland International Airport in winter is causing problems for fish.

Fungal Disease Killing L.A. Palm Trees
October 18, 2006 12:00 AM - John Rogers, Associated Press

The city's palm trees -- as much a symbol of L.A. as the automobile, movie stars and the beach -- are vanishing. The trees are dying of old age and a fungal disease, disappearing one by one from parks and streets.

Mega-Resort Proposal Draws Criticism in British Virgin Islands
October 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Residents have criticized a luxury resort and marina project planned for a sparsely developed spit of land in the British Virgin Islands, saying it would distort the local housing market and destroy wildlife habitats.

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