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Ship Zones Recommended to Help Whales
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists are recommending speed zones for ship traffic as one way to help to help the endangered North Atlantic right whale population. Whale experts studying the right whale in the Bay of Fundy this summer said that while there are more calves than usual, too many of the slow-moving leviathans are being killed in ship collisions.

EPA Says Summer Smog Problem Easing in East
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Ozone levels are falling in 19 Eastern states where smog has been a recurring problem in summer, helping improve air quality for a third of the nation's population, the Environmental Protection Agency says.

Spanish Surfers' Paradise Loses Its Wave
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Emma Ross-Thomas, Reuters

U.S. surfer Mike Dobos emigrated to this tiny Basque village just to ride its wave. Eight years later, one of the most famous waves in the world has disappeared. Surfers are convinced the wave disappeared because the estuary was dredged in 2003 to make way for a newly built ship. The sand was used to restore a huge dune nearby and provide a home for endangered plants, and birds such as plovers.

World Health Organization Says Dirty Air a Regular Killer in Asia
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Margie Mason, Associated Press

A smoky haze that shrouded parts of Southeast Asia this month, forcing schools and businesses to close, is just one element of an air pollution problem that kills hundreds of thousands of people in the region annually, the World Health Organization said.

Indonesia Says Haze-Causing Fires Mostly Out -- But Underground Blazes Threaten Tigers
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Nearly all of the Indonesian brush fires that blanketed neighboring Malaysia with acrid, choking smoke have been put out, but underground fires are still burning in peat soil, Indonesia said. The peat fires threaten a nearby 60,000-hectare (148,260-acre) conservation zone for Sumatran tigers, as well as a protected forest.

Environmentalists Declare Victory Over Judge's Order To Step Up Wolf Preservation Efforts in Northeast
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - David Gram, Associated Press

A federal judge Friday ordered the Bush administration to step up efforts to restore the gray wolf to four northeastern states, a ruling environmentalists called a major victory. "The wolves are howlin'" in celebration, said Patrick Parenteau, director of the environmental law clinic at Vermont Law School.

Need More Research on Environmental Chemical Exposure
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation

(By Dr. David Suzuki) Most of us are pretty strict about what we put in our bodies. Some people eat only organic meats and produce. Others are vegetarians. Many people don't use harsh chemicals in their homes or pesticides in their gardens because they don't relish being exposed to potentially hazardous substances. Unfortunately, in many cases we aren't given a choice. Whether we like it or not, the blood of every human being on the planet contains trace elements of industrial chemicals - most of which weren't even invented a century ago.

State Environment Agency Tells Coca-Cola To Shut Plant in Southern India
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - V.M. Thomas, Assocated Press

The pollution control head of India's southern Kerala state said Friday he has ordered Coca Cola Co. to close one of its largest bottling plants in the country for failing to comply with environmental regulations.

Cruise Ships Getting Bigger, Causing Some Port and Passenger Trouble
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - John Pain, Associated Press

Cruise lines have been battling for decades to outclass their competitors' ships by making vessels longer, bigger and full of amenities like mall-size promenades and ice skating rinks. What started as small refurbished ferries with little to do onboard have turned into vessels bigger than aircraft carriers.

Green Mountain Power Trucks to Run on Green Fuel
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The next time you pass a Green Mountain Power linetruck on the highway, you may notice a slight smell of French fries. That's because Green Mountain Power's fleet of linetrucks will begin using biodiesel fuel, an alternative fuel made from animal fat and vegetable oil, primarily soybean, as a result of a new fuel arrangement with Champlain Oil Company.

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