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Indian State Bans Sale, Use of Plastic Bags
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Ramola Talwar Badam, Associated Press

The government of the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Wednesday banned the manufacture, sale and use of all plastic bags, saying they choked drainage systems during recent monsoon rains.

Forest Service Admits 'Serious' Mistake in Logging Rare Tree Preserve
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The Forest Service admitted Wednesday to making a "serious" mistake that allowed the logging of 17 acres inside a rare tree reserve as part of the salvage harvest of timber burned by a fire in 2002.

Another Blow to the Pseudo-Science of Global Warming Skeptics
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter H. Gleick, The Pacific Institute

(By Peter H. Gleick) In a serious blow to the already discredited arguments made against climate change by global warming skeptics, a new analysis of satellite data confirms that the earth is warming at a rate consistent with that projected by climate models, and far faster than the skeptics previously acknowledged. The satellite data were originally interpreted by John R. Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and colleagues as showing little or no warming occurring between 1979 and 2003. Indeed, they concluded that there was actually a cooling trend in the tropics — conclusions seriously at odds with actual temperature records and with estimates from global climate models. Other climate skeptics latched onto this faulty interpretation to support their conclusions that global warming is false, or small, and climate models in error.

Rio Grande Valley Havens Are Preserving Nature -- and Boosting Area Communities
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Anton Caputo, San Antonio Express-News

The salty lake located north of Edinburg is part of a 5,000 acre-tract of the wildlife refuge. Shimmering white salt drifts -- which might be mistaken for snow, if not for the 90-plus-degree heat -- ring the shallow brown water. Beyond those lie thousands of acres of dense Tamaulipan thornscrub, a hearty combination of mesquite, prickly pear, shrubs and grasses.

Ethanol Is Cheaper, Industry Study Says
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Mikkel Pates, Agweek Magazine

A new pilot-scale study on ethanol fuel efficiency suggests improved fuel costs for cars at 10, 20 and 30 percent of ethanol in petroleum. The American Coalition for Ethanol, holding its 18th annual convention and trade show in Omaha, unveiled the results of a commissioned pilot study.

U.S. EPA and DOT Recognize Flexcar as a 'Best Workplace for Commuters'
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Today, Flexcar, the nation's leading carsharing provider, was designated as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation.

EENT's AXP 1000 Reduces Truckers' Idle, Helping the Environment
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Energy & Engine Technology Corporation, a developer of auxiliary power generators for the long haul trucking industry, announced today that it believes its AXP 1000 device provides the potential to save money, lives and the environment.

Two New Bird Species Identifed in Colombia
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two new species of birds called tapaculos have been identified in the mountains of Colombia, a conservation group said Tuesday.

Tough But Fragile, Turtles Take to Italian Hospital
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Robin Pomeroy, Reuters

The island hospital is small, sparsely equipped and very often the patients are so large that they have to be tipped sideways to get them to the operating table. Fortunately, the patients are tough enough to withstand being knocked against a doorframe -- they are protected by a solid shell bigger than a manhole cover.

Police, Firefighters and Volunteers Shovel Out Mud after Floods Sweep Europe
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Jens Lang, Associated Press

Flood victims waded into their homes to shovel out mud and stagnant water Wednesday while heavy machinery cleared debris from village streets as volunteers fanned out to clean up after heavy rains and landslides swept central and southern Europe.

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