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More Japanese Firms Producing Materials Less Harmful to Environment
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Masayoshi Minato, Kyodo News International, Tokyo

An increasing number of Japanese corporations have begun producing biodegradable plastics and other materials less harmful to the environment than conventional ones using plants, reflecting rising environmental consciousness.

Scientists Examines Workplace Germs
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

You probably clean vigorously at home, at least occasionally. But how often does this happen at work, the valiant efforts of the janitorial staff notwithstanding?

Soy Industry Looks for the Next Big Thing
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Soy milk, once a staple found only in natural and health food stores, is now sold side-by-side with regular milk in chain supermarkets.

Tourists Evacuated as Chilean Park Fire Burns
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - By Fiona Ortiz, Reuters

Wildfires raged in Chile's renowned Torres del Paine national park for a sixth day Wednesday, forcing officials to evacuate tourists from some areas and igniting a debate over fire-prevention laws.

Older Diesel Equipment Will Still Pose Health Problems, Group Says
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune

Though new diesel engines and fuel are required to operate more cleanly over the next 10 years, a new analysis suggests thousands of Americans will continue to suffer the effects of diesel pollution unless older trucks and equipment also are cleaned up.

Premier Medical Waste Services Wastes no Time Expanding Base
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug LeDuc, The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Ind.

When a disposable needle is used by a health-care worker, it must be discarded into an unbreakable protective "sharps" container to prevent an accidental stick that could spread disease.

Environmentalist CEO's Business Rents Hybrid Cars
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Brent Hopkins, Daily News, Los Angeles

Going green proved to be a smart move for Jeff Pink. As chief executive officer of EV Rental Cars, he's trying to turn a small fleet of vehicles into a nationwide armada to protect the environment.

Biotech Business Spurs Debate
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Michelle Dunlop, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho

As Christine Davis scans the neighboring property full of jagged volcanic rock and brush, a look of anguish sweeps across her face.

Agriculture Research Faces Cuts in Bush Plan
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Sharon Kiley Mack, Bangor Daily News

All of the land-grant research facilities that serve Maine's agriculture industries -- potato, blueberry, apple, forestry and dairy -- are in jeopardy of losing their federal funding under President Bush's recent agricultural budget proposal.

On Beyond Organic: Bodycareless - What's in Our Soap?
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

According to the FDA, 89 percent of ingredients in mainstream cosmetics haven't been safety tested by an independent agency. Lotions, creams and shampoos, already full of petroleum-based toxins and synthetic chemicals, are now using penetration enhancers to make skin more absorbent.

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