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Drinking Water Tax Urged
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Derek Rose, Daily News

If New Yorkers want clean drinking water, they should ante up and pay for it. That's the word from Putnam County Executive Robert Bondi, who has suggested New York City residents chip in $2 a year each to keep oil, pesticides and septic waste out of their upstate water supply.

Officials Claim Japan Used Aid Promises to Win Support for Commercial Whaling
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Japan used promises of aid to buy support from impoverished nations for its bid to overturn an international ban on commercial whaling, former officials from three such countries have said.

Animal Rights Groups Back U.S. Bill to Make Antifreeze Bitter
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A pack of dogs joined forces with industry and consumer groups Monday to urge Congress to pass legislation requiring antifreeze manufacturers to make their otherwise sweet tasting product less appealing to animals and children.

Rare White Alligator in Legal Limbo
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A rare white alligator is being housed at Riverbanks Zoo, but the reptile is seen only by its keepers because it's evidence in a legal case against the brothers who captured it. Ted Clamp, 59, and his brother Heyward, 62, argue that they took the gator in to protect it, but they are charged with taking and possessing an American alligator, a crime under a state law designed to protect an endangered species.

On Beyond Organic: Paper or Plastic?
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

With single-use containers like grocery bags, disposable coffee cups, plastic water bottles, and plastic produce "clamshells" accounting for more than 30 percent of all materials headed for the landfill, Is "paper vs. plastic" even the right question?

A Close Shave for Switzerland's Bearded Vulture
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Schulman, WWF International

The black kites that swarm over Switzerland’s Lake Geneva are a dime a dozen. Sadly, the same can’t be said for a fellow raptor on the other side of the country that has come close to the brink of extinction. The bearded vulture, as with other scavenger species like hyenas, jackals, and sharks, gets a bad rap.

U.S. May Need Animal-Health Czar to Protect Consumers
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Randy Fabi, Reuters

Consolidating U.S. animal disease oversight under one high-level government czar may be the best way to protect consumers from mad cow disease, bird flu and other serious animal ailments that can jump species, a National Academy of Sciences panel said Monday.

Federal Judge to Determine Next Step in Everglades Restoration
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Curt Anderson, Associated Press

From the air, the endless Everglades appear to teem life. Graceful, pure white egrets glide above green native sawgrass. Dark alligator trails meander through the swamps, which sparkle in the bright sunlight.

Australian Judge Calls Logger's Case against Environmentalists Too Vague
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Cooper, Associated Press

A logging company's attempt to sue environmentalists for campaigning against its tree felling operations on a picturesque Australian island was branded by a judge on Monday as so vague that the environmentalists would not know how to launch a defense.

States Aim to Attract Ecotourists
July 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Tara Tuckwiller, The Charleston Gazette

Ecotourism's popularity is exploding, with 20 percent to 30 percent growth per year, according to several estimates -- much faster than regular tourism. True ecotourism not only protects the environment, but also benefits the local culture and economy.

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