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America's Other Trade Deficit
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Ovetz, PhD

(By Robert Ovetz, PhD) The massive die off of nearly one half of the US’s honey bees over the past six months indicates an underlying new, as yet unidentified, indicator of national economic well being and public health.

Hybrid Catfish Nears Commercial Use
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Garry Mitchell, Associated Press

Like any farmer, catfish growers have a taste for higher yields. Now after three decades of research, a hybrid catfish developed at Auburn University may satisfy that appetite for profit. There are other hybrids in the ponds -- strains of catfish crossed naturally -- but Auburn's hybrid catfish is the first manually fertilized for commercial use, according to its developers.

North Slope Oil Companies Gamble on Heavy Oil
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Oil companies are betting that heavy oil in Alaska will result in a big payoff. Heavy oil, which has the consistency of thick molasses, lies in sandstone above the huge reservoir of light oil that has been flowing down the trans-Alaska pipeline since 1977. With that reservoir being drawn down, BP Group PLC and ConocoPhillips Co. are turning to hard-to-pump heavy oil to extend the life of Alaska's largest oil field.

Town Debates Plans for Liquefied Natural Gas Import Terminal
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

Residents here are asking themselves whether they want a liquefied natural gas terminal built across the bay from their peaceful river town. They aren't alone in wrestling with that question.

Mexican Environmentalist Jailed on Defamation Charges
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

One of Mexico's best-known environmental activists has been arrested on charges of defaming a businessman in the Caribbean coast resort of Cancun after she protested the questionable importation of dolphins for an aquatic theme park.

Exploding Toads May Have Been Pecked by Birds for Their Livers, Veterinarian Says
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Surman, Associated Press

What's making toads puff up and explode in northern Europe? More than 1,000 toad corpses have been found at a pond in an upscale neighborhood in Hamburg and over the border in Denmark after bloating and bursting.

EPA Exceeds Mercury Cleanup Projection
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency estimated in an internal report as much as $2 billion in yearly benefits from cutting mercury pollution just in the Southeast -- 40 times the value the agency projected publicly for the entire nation.

Swedish Government Approves Congestion Tax for Stockholm on Trial Basis
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Swedish government decided Thursday to introduce a congestion tax in the capital, Stockholm, for a six-month trial period starting Jan. 3, 2006.

Eskimo Villagers' Pro-Drilling Stance Wavering
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

An Eskimo village on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain has long supported oil drilling there, but some residents are now opposing the controversial drilling plan embraced by President Bush and most Alaska politicians.

What Would You Like to Hear About on EarthNews Radio?
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Is there a business leader, celebrity, or newsmaker you'd like to hear from on ENN? What subject do you think we should explore? Here's an opportunity for you to have an impact on ENN's programming. We want your story ideas!

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