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Few Clues on Dolphin Deaths in Florida Keys
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Myers, Reuters

Biologists are investigating whether sonar used in U.S. Navy submarine exercises or red tide bacteria contributed to the deaths of more than 30 rough-toothed dolphins in a mass stranding in the Florida Keys last week.

Pacific NW Undersea Quakes Intrigue Scientists
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Scientists searched Monday for signs of a volcanic eruption off the Pacific Northwest coast following a swarm of earthquakes that posed little risk of causing a tsunami but could teach them about how the Earth's crust forms.

South Dakota Bill Targets Prairie Dogs
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Kafka, Associated Press

Gov. Mike Rounds has signed a bill giving South Dakota ranchers some extra ammunition in dealing with prairie dogs that invade from neighboring private property.

EarthTalk: The Lowdown on 'Energy Efficient Mortgages'
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

A movement is afoot among real estate lenders to offer special mortgages and other incentives designed to reward energy efficiency and green-friendly building and restoration.

Study Says Canadian Smelter Polluting U.S. Lake
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Canadian smelter produced most of the lead, zinc and cadmium pollution found in a Washington state lake at the center of a cross-border environmental fight, according to a study released Monday.

Ethanol to Fuel Racecars
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Tarter, Journal Star

Every day sees a new breakthrough for ethanol. The latest gain for the alternative fuel is the announcement that ethanol will be used at the Indianapolis 500 for the first time next year, said Mark Lambert, spokesman for the Bloomington-based Illinois Corn Growers Association.

World Fish Stocks Strained, U.N. Says
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

World stocks of most fish, including Atlantic herring and capelin, are stretched to their limits and nearly a quarter are already over-exploited, a United Nations agency said on Monday.

WWF Warns that China's Rising Demand for Wood Threatens Other Countries' Forests
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

China's rising demand for wood threatens to devastate timber stocks in countries from Indonesia to Russia, the environmental group WWF said Tuesday, calling for more efficient wood use and measures to discourage illegal logging.

EPA Announces Plan for Stricter Controls on Lead in Drinking Water
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Stricter monitoring and reporting of problems with lead in drinking water will be required of utilities, states, schools and child care facilities, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.

Cherished Tradition Sparks Battle over Beach Access along Great Lakes
March 8, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Walking along the waterfront is a cherished activity in the Great Lakes region, with its thousand miles of shoreline. But some worry that a lawsuit might lead to limits on the beach access people have long enjoyed.

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