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New 'Toxic Ship' Headed for India, Greenpeace Says
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A former cruise liner with hundreds of tonnes of asbestos and other toxic material on board is heading for an Indian scrapyard, Greenpeace said on Tuesday, threatening a repeat of a controversy over a French warship.

Four Mid-Atlantic Power Plants Agree to Air Pollution Cuts
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Mirant Corp. will spend more than $130 million on new pollution controls at four power plants in Maryland and Virginia under an agreement reached Monday between the company and state and federal governments.

After Decades of Fear and Hostility, Are We Loving Orcas to Death?
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

Orcas, actually a kind of dolphin found in all the world's oceans, are prime examples of what researchers call "charismatic megafauna," big critters with a passionate human following. But the species' San Juan population has paid a price for some forms of that adoration.

On Beyond Organic -- A Farmer’s Pilgrimage: An Interview with Michael Ableman
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Michael Ableman -- farmer, writer, photographer and educator -- set out on a cross country trip at the height of harvest time to visit America’s farmers on their own turf. He chronicles his experiences in a new book.

Crews Fight off Invasion of Nonnative Plants in U.S. Virgin Islands
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Crews armed with machetes and chainsaws hack through walls of thorny sweet lime plants in this U.S. Caribbean territory, avoiding turpentine trees and guava berries in a bid to remove invasive plants threatening to wipe out the native species.

Dolphins, Like Humans, Recognize Names
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Bottlenose dolphins can call each other by name when they whistle, making them the only animals besides humans known to recognize such identity information, scientists reported Monday.

Pacific Islands Look to Coconuts to Cut Oil Costs
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Michelle Nichols, Reuters

Many impoverished Pacific island nations are also looking to coconuts to combat soaring world oil prices and cut severe balance of payment deficits by using coconut oil to make biofuel.

Some Vietnam Breeders Regain after Bird Flu Scourge
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Grant McCool, Reuters

Chicken breeders such as Huynh Thi Ba are just starting to break even more than two years into the avian flu epidemic that shattered the livelihood of some Vietnamese poultry farmers.

Hawaiian Waters Grow Crowded With Whales
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexandre Da Silva, Associated Press

Greg Kaufman says his whale-watching boat was doing everything by the book: cruising below 13 knots and staying 100 yards from any visible humpback as a crew member scanned the ocean atop a lookout.

Foxes Thrive in Urban Britain
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Sue Leeman, Associated Press

Since the 1930s, when the common red fox -- Vulpes vulpes -- started coming to town, Britons have learned to live with a creature whose country cousins were hunted with hounds until the sport was banned last year.

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