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Site Work on New York State Wind Farm Expected to Begin Next Week
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Virkler, Watertown (NY) Daily Times

Construction on the Maple Ridge Wind Farm is scheduled to begin late next week, but don't expect to see turbine parts coming through the north country for a few months.

Constitutional Court Upholds Austrian Province's Ban on Nighttime Truck Traffic
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Austria's Constitutional Court announced Monday it has upheld a western province's ban on truck traffic at night, saying the benefits for the environment outweighed financial losses.

Norway's Disputed Whaling Season Opens with Higher Quota than Last Year
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

The world's only commercial whaling season opened in Norway on Monday, with about 30 boats pursuing their highest quota since the country resumed the hunt in 1993.

Brando Island to Become Luxury Resort
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Howard Breuer, Reuters

It was near where he filmed "Mutiny on the Bounty," and fell in love with his Tahitian co-star. Years later, it was Marlon Brando's retreat, where he would lie on the beach and marvel at the night sky.

Honduran Activist Priest Says He'll Use Environmental Prize Money to Build Ecology Center
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Freddy Cuevas, Associated Press

A Roman Catholic priest who has been awarded an environmental prize for his work to achieve reforms in the forestry industry said Monday he will use the money to build an ecological center where he can continue his work.

Farm-State Lawmakers, Others Want Congress to Require a Bigger Boost in Ethanol
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Corn-based ethanol is being pumped into more gas tanks every year, and farm-state senators and a majority of governors want an even greater flow. They say an energy bill Republicans are pushing through the House this week does not go far enough to replace foreign oil with homegrown ethanol.

On Beyond Organic: Earth Day
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Earth Day is a great opportunity to reflect, both upon our successes and the challenges which lie ahead. This week, Beyond Organic's guests include the director of Go Organic for Earth Day; filmmakers of "Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer," and the president of the Earth Day Network, which works with 12,000 organizations in 174 countries.

Venezuela Ecoreserve Says it's Fighting for Survival
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Pascal Fletcher, Reuters

After years of campaigning to save jaguars, giant storks and anacondas, Venezuela's best-known ecotourism reserve is fighting for its own survival against a government land reform, its owners said.

Officials Want to Wire Earth for Continuous Readout of Vital Signs
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Imagine the planet wired for a nearly continuous readout on its vital signs, shared by all. That's the essence of a White House plan announced Monday.

Texas Compost Facility Turns Solid Waste into Rich Dirt
April 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Boggs, Tyler (TX) Morning Telegraph

One man's trash is another's treasure.

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