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Extracting Oil From Shale Complex Process
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Foy, Associated Press

Out in sagebrush country, Kenneth Brown is standing over part of the world's most concentrated energy resource, land that holds up to 1 million barrels of oil per acre. Too bad it's locked up in layers of rock in some places hundreds of feet underground.

Furniture Builders Aim Beyond Birkenstocks
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Julia O'Malley, The Oregonian

In a dusty warehouse off Southeast Powell Boulevard, Lisa Grove, Stephen Becker and Tim Tracy have furniture dreams. Someday they'd like to deliver style and sustainability to the masses with a business like IKEA, only greener.

International Rectifier Wins Industry Environmental Award
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

International Rectifier, a power management technology company, announced today that it has won the Environmental Award, one of the Elektra 05 European Electronics Industry Awards.

Staples, Earth Force Aim to Empower Young Environmental Citizens
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Staples, the world's largest office products company, teamed up with teachers and students from Prairie View Middle School in Illinois and Earth Force's Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) program in an effort to build the next generation of environmental stewards.

Starch-Based Cigarette Filter Can Reduce Environmental Impact
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Cigarette filters could soon be made of starch according to research at Biotec, a joint owned subsidiary of Stanelco and SP Metal.

New Zealand, Australia Agree on Joint Effort To Help Stranded Whales' Survival
September 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Australia and New Zealand agreed Thursday to develop a joint strategy to help the survival of stranded whales which often die after beaching themselves, a behavior that continues to confound scientists.

Feds Drop Boreal Toad From Protected List
September 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A toad that environmentalists say is being killed off by an invasive fungus that may have originated in Africa is no longer a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced.

Swedes May Be Freeze-Dried for Eternal Rest
September 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Sven Nordenstam, Reuters

"There's three things we can do with your mum. We can bury her, burn her or dump her." A fourth alternative -- freeze-drying -- could soon be added to British comedy group Monty Python's catalogue of burial methods.

Hong Kong Leader: Southern China Aims To Announce Air Quality Data Daily
September 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Authorities aim to announce daily air quality data on southern mainland China -- a major source of air pollution in Hong Kong -- by the end of the year, Hong Kong's leader said.

Rare Congo Gorillas Surviving War, Poaching, Group Says
September 30, 2005 12:00 AM - David Lewis, Reuters

Thousands more rare lowland gorillas than previously thought may have survived years of war and poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a U.S. conservation group said on Thursday.

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