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Backpackers Flock to Rebuild Thai Party Island
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Tarrant, Reuters

Two young British men sit shirtless on a Phi Phi beach, wearing surfer shorts, leather thong necklaces and Indian bracelets -- an iconic image of one of the great party-hard destinations on the hippie-backpacker trail.

EPA Says Toxic Pollution Levels Fall Six Percent
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Despite increases in levels of mercury, PCBs and dioxin, overall chemical pollution released into the environment fell more than 6 percent in the latest report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.

New Species of Rodent Found in Laos
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Is it a squirrel, a rat, a guinea pig? Maybe a chinchilla? The long-whiskered rodent with stubby legs and a tail covered with dense hair resembles them all but has turned out be a previously unknown species that actually represents an entire new family of wildlife, the Wildlife Conservation Society said.

ENN Forum Review: Our Readers Speak
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

This week on ENN we're starting a new series that will highlight some of the interesting comments made by you, our readers, in the ENN Forum.

You Make the Difference!
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Ronald Sanabria, Rainforest Alliance

(By Ronald Sanabria) My colleagues and I arrived at the end of another workday on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast -- a region blessed by natural beauty and rich local culture. We met to learn about effective business management practices for tourism businesses, designed to help us interact responsibly with the natural and cultural resources that attract visitors to the region. These resources are the “green gold” that has made tourism one of the most important industries of the Costa Rican economy.

EarthNews Radio: Cheetahs in Danger
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Cheetahs are a unique and beautiful creature, one which we are in real danger of losing to extinction.

Fishing Industry Suffering as Salmon Runs Drastically Drop
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Rukmini Callimachi, Associated Press

Fertilizer salesman Rex Harke had planned to take 12 of his most loyal clients on a salmon fishing expedition down the Columbia River this week. Normally at this time, the spring chinook salmon are charging up the river in the tens of thousands, heading from the Pacific Ocean to their spawning beds.

Developers Going out on a Limb for Trees
May 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Jessica Vanegeren, The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.

It may be rare for developers to chop money-making housing units out of a plan, but that's what owners of 244 acres off Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley have done during the past year. The reason? To save trees.

Ohio Officials Hope Chestnut Trees Revive
May 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Several hundred blight-resistant chestnut trees have been planted in Ohio in hopes of restoring a tree that is nearly extinct. State officials hope that thousands of acres of abandoned strip-mine land will serve as fertile ground for the tree's rebirth.

EPA to Sample Dust from 150 NYC Buildings Due to Sept. 11 Attacks
May 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Dust samples from 150 New York buildings in lower Manhattan and part of Brooklyn are to be gathered by the Environmental Protection Agency to find out how much indoor contamination might remain from the collapse of the World Trade Center.

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