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Impact of Higher Energy Prices on Overall Economy Minimal, Says S&P Report
October 12, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Despite the rapid rise in energy prices since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, most companies other than airlines and automakers, whose costs and sales depend disproportionately on high use of fossil fuels, continue to enjoy robust earnings and credit health, says Standard & Poor's.

Chicken Growers Hope Measures Will Prevent Flu Breakout
October 12, 2005 12:00 AM - David Blackburn, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

President Bush heightened awareness of avian influenza -- or the bird flu -- last week when he compared the potential devastation on an outbreak to that of the 1918 flu that killed an estimated 50 million people.

Florida Announces Okeechobee Cleanup Plan
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Curt Anderson, Associated Press

A $200 million plan to restore the Southeast's largest freshwater lake includes expanded reservoirs, new marshes and permanently lower lake levels, Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday.

Critics Attack Agency Yucca Mountain Radiation Exposure Limits
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

U.S. scientists and environmentalists said Monday that radiation limits proposed for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump beneath a volcanic ridge 90 miles (144 kilometers) northwest of Las Vegas aren't strict enough to protect the public.

Tsunami Warning System to Be Installed
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Niniek Karmini, Associated Press

A team of German and Indonesian scientists will set sail Tuesday for Sumatra island to install a tsunami warning system in the region worst hit by last year's Asian killer wave.

Expert Reports Longleaf Pine Disappearing in South Carolina
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The longleaf pine, which once covered tens of millions of acres across the Southeast, is in danger of disappearing in parts of South Carolina, says a forest conservationist with the Clemson Extension Service.

Biologist Discovers New Species of Lizard
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

What's black, white, red and green all over? It's something Avila University professor Robert Powell will announce sometime in December.

Gender-Benders: How Safe are Chemicals in Cosmetics? -- A Guest Commentary
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Joyce H. Newman, The Green Guide

For the first time in a human study, scientists have discovered that some of the most common industrial chemicals, called phthalates, actually alter male sexual and reproductive development in the womb.

Nuclear Power Quietly Confident in Energy Debate
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

The nuclear power industry is quietly confident that the world is about to beat a path to its door in an increasingly desperate search for "clean" energy that doesn't heat up the planet.

On Beyond Organic Radio: What's Up With Cotton?
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Cotton is found in the most unlikely places including cattle feed, paper money and even candy bars. Cotton also accounts for more than 25% of the world's insecticide use.

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