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Study Reveals Lethal Chemicals Stored Near Nation's Largest Population Centers
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Lara Jakes Jordan, Associated Press

Experts call it one of the worst-case scenarios in a terror attack: a cloud of lung-melting gas or a toxic fireball ripping though a U.S. city. Potential casualties: 1 million or more. At least 100 chemical plants nationwide could be targeted to produce such devastation, according to congressional researchers in a report that was to be released Wednesday.

On Beyond Organic: Ritual and Food
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Growing and preparing food goes beyond science and craft. Art, culture and tradition are the more human elements that keep us connected to family, spirituality, and a sense of ”˜place.’ This week, Beyond Organic explores a new initiative connecting organic farmers and the Muslim community; talks with a Zen chef, and learns what Biodynamic agriculture is all about.

Environmental Activists Seek to Curb Raptor Deaths at California Wind Farm
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

When it comes to wind power, few places are more productive -- or more deadly to birds -- than this gusty stretch of rolling hills between California's San Francisco Bay area and the San Joaquin Valley.

Blinding Sandstorms Disrupt Flights, Everyday Life in Iraqi Capital
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Frank Griffiths, Associated Press

Blinding sandstorms swept across the Iraqi capital Tuesday for a fourth straight day, disrupting air travel, slowing traffic and blanketing the city in a gritty film.

Colorado Bases Offer Hope to Communities Facing Military Closures
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Weller, Associated Press

More than a decade ago, the last round of military base closings cost the Denver area both the Lowry Air Force Base and the Fitzsimons Army Hospital -- facilities that boasted 11,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in military spending. But don't cry for the Mile High City: Both former bases are booming.

EarthNews Radio: Biotech Pharming
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Do you know what "pharming" is? Jerry Kay spoke to Joseph Mendelson, Co-Founder and Legal Director of the Center for Food Safety to explain:

Draft Legislation Sides With Developers Over Majority of Americans: Defenders of Wildlife
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Draft legislation prepared by Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Cal.) would severely undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and punch loopholes in the law on behalf of oil companies, large-scale developers, timber companies, mining corporations, and other special interests.

Entrepreneurs Hope Grass Products Can Help Save Woods
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathy Gilbert, Chattanooga Times/Free Press

In a beige metal-clad building in a quiet Athens, Tenn., neighborhood, tens of thousands of tiny bamboo and Arundo donax grass plants are sprouting in baby food jars and plastic restaurant to-go containers. Susan and John Woods, co-owners of West Wind Technology Inc., aim to save the woods.

Why Does Organic Food Cost More than Conventional?
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Ellen Simon, Associated Press

Why does organic food cost more than conventionally grown food? There are a bushel of reasons. Limits on pesticides, for instance, mean more hand-weeding. They also mean farmers run a higher risk of losing all or part of a year's crop.

Some Firms Give Workers Financial Incentives to Buy Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Christina Siderius, The Seattle Times

Faced with rising gas prices and increasing concerns about pollution, companies are writing checks to employees to buy cars that are more fuel-efficient and less harmful to the environment.

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