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Wood Making Comeback as Heating Fuel
November 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Anita Szoke, Journal Star

With home heating bills expected to skyrocket this winter, many consumers are warming up to the idea of using alternate fuels, such as firewood, to help heat their homes.

Sun Unveils New CoolThreads Energy-Efficient Chip Aimed at Mid-Range Market
November 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Therese Poletti, San Jose Mercury News

Sun Microsystems announced a much-anticipated chip for its servers called CoolThreads, a microprocessor Sun hopes will help it become more competitive in its core product line against rivals like IBM.

France Spending $260 Million To Preserve an Ancient Abbey's Quirk of Nature
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Angela Doland, Associated Press

While much of the world worries about how to stop sea levels from rising, engineers in this corner of France want to spend $260 million to do just the opposite: raise the tides back up to save a national treasure.

Galapagos Volcano Fire Threatens Endemic Tree Species
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Galapagos Volcano Fire Threatens Endemic Tree Species

A fire sparked by last month's volcanic eruption on the largest of the famed Galapagos Islands is threatening an endemic tree species, officials said Saturday.

Feds to Take Bears Off Endangered List
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

Grizzly bears in areas surrounding Yellowstone National Park would be removed from the endangered species list under a proposal to be announced next week, officials said last week.

German Police Investigating Threat To Poison Lake Constance
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Police in southern Germany found two suspect containers in Lake Constance and were investigating a threat to poison the waters, authorities said Monday.

Former French Environmental Official Warns Dominica about Overdevelopment
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

`Caribbean leaders must protect their environment or face the hefty cost of cleanup paid by developed countries, said the former French environmental minister.

Kayak Crusaders Persuade Polluters To Come Clean
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

Mark Riskedahl paddles his kayak through pounding rain, heading across the Columbia Slough to a riverbank pipe that pours chocolate-brown liquid directly into the water. Holding steady, he reaches out and fills a plastic bottle with the muck -- it smells like gasoline -- and seals it tight for a trip to the lab for testing.

Oil Spills from Hurricanes Staining the Coast
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

When Walter Estrade returned to his home in this refinery town 10 miles southeast of New Orleans, he expected the typical hurricane damage -- toppled trees, tossed cars, a waterlogged house. What he hadn't counted on was the oil.

Group Prepares 'Champion' Tree Clones To Replenish Watersheds
November 14, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Michigan's "state champion" white poplar, its trunk a whopping 20 feet in circumference, stands just off the main street of this tourist village. For picture-snapping gawkers, the location is ideal. For the tree, it's a curse -- or should be.

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