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USDA Sees $10 Billion Cost for Farm Stewardship Plan
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Charles Abbott, Reuters

The infant "green" payment program that rewards stewardship of U.S. farm and ranchland would cost a hefty $9 billion-$10 billion a year if offered nationwide, its Agriculture Department overseer said.

Offshore Drilling Proposal of Intense Interest to Nation's Heartland
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Strangers from the heartland, two businessmen share the hope that the energy resting beneath the deep blue waters of the central Gulf of Mexico might bring relief from high natural gas prices. So, they wonder, why isn't it being pumped?

Australian Town Rejects Potable Recycled Sewage Water
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A drought-hit Australian town could not swallow the idea of drinking recycled sewage water and rejected the water-saving option in a referendum on Saturday.

Fuel Costs Drive Coin Laundry into Sun-Energy Vanguard
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Tarm, Associated Press

Perched atop the hangar-sized laundry facility in this working class Chicago suburb, of Berwyn, Ill. is one of the largest, most cost-effective solar systems in the country.

Global Illegal Wildlife Trade Worth $10 Billion
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The global illegal trade in wild animals and plants has exceeded $10 billion a year, becoming the world's third-largest source of illicit income after drugs and guns, a wildlife conference heard on Friday.

Russian Ministry Warns of Environmental Catastrophe after Oil Spill
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Henry Meyer, Associated Press

Russia's Natural Resources Ministry said Monday that an oil pipeline leak in western Russia threatened environmental damage, but the pipeline's operator said the spill was far smaller than the ministry claimed and had already been cleaned up.

No Improvement in Florida Sewage Spill Reporting
July 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The state of Florida has failed to improve its record of reporting sewage spills into local waters and along beaches, an environmental group said Thursday in a follow-up to a study it released last year.

Dire Measures Planned, as Britain Faces Worst Drought in Decades
July 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Paisley Dodds, Associated Press

Patches of dry grass dot the otherwise idyllic countryside around this village of stone cottages and wildflowers -- hardly the calamitous picture meteorologists paint when warning of Britain's worst drought in 30 years.

Cape Cod Wind Power Backers Confident of U.S. Approval
July 28, 2006 12:00 AM - David Ortiz, Reuters

Backers of a plan to build the first large U.S. offshore wind-power farm said Thursday they were confident the project would clear a regulatory review after being nearly derailed in Washington.

New Trawling Ban Protects Deep-Sea Alaska Corals
July 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Newly discovered gardens of colorful corals, which bloom about 1,000 feet (305 meters) underwater off Alaska's Aleutian Islands and in the Gulf of Alaska, will get special protection starting Friday.

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