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Gaylord Nelson, Environmentalist Politician Who Started Earth Day, Dies at 89
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press

During the Vietnam War, Gaylord Nelson looked at the anti-war teach-ins and got an idea: Why not try the same thing for the environment? The result was Earth Day, and with it the start of the modern environmental movement.

Beyond Food and Drugs, Biotech Fights Pollution
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

On the site of a former hat factory in Danbury, Conn., a stand of genetically altered cottonwood trees sucks mercury from the contaminated soil. Across the continent in California, researchers use transgenic Indian mustard plants to soak up dangerously high selenium deposits caused by irrigation of the nation's bread basket.

A Second Chance
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flicker, National Audubon Society

(By John Flicker) At first some of us didn’t know how to react to the rediscovery of an ivory-billed woodpecker in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. After all, we environmentalists aren’t used to such good news. I thought about former Audubon president John Baker, and wished he were still alive to see this miraculous event. In 1942 he led a desperate effort to stop the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company from cutting down the bottomland forest in Louisiana where the last ivory-bill had been seen. Chicago Mill and Lumber refused, the trees were cut, and Baker watched what everyone thought was the last bird disappear.

Russia Halts Surveying on Pacific Oil Pipeline Skirting World's Biggest Freshwater Lake
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Russia's natural resources ministry said Thursday that surveying work for an oil pipeline to Asian markets had been halted around Lake Baikal, the world's biggest freshwater lake, over ecology fears.

140,000 People Flee Flooded Homes as Heavy Monsoon Rains Lash Eastern India
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Heavy monsoon downpours lashed eastern India on Thursday, submerging vast areas in the eastern state of Orissa and forcing around 140,000 people to flee their homes and move to higher ground.

Hopi Plan Action against Forest Service
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today

"I am disappointed but not at all surprised at this latest decision of the Forest Service to uphold the desecration of Nuvatukyaovi (San Francisco Peaks)," Hopi Chairman Wayne Taylor said. Southwestern Regional Forester Harv Forsgren affirmed the decision by Coconino National Forest Supervisor Nora Rasure, which approved expansion and snow production from recycled water at the Arizona Snowbowl on San Francisco Peaks.

E-Tagging of Pygmy Elephants Helps Study
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Vijay Joshi, Associated Press

Crouched in the vine-tangled forest of Borneo, where the brightest part of the day seems like dusk, Elis Tambing finally got the elusive animal in his laser sight and fired. The pink-quilled dart found its mark: the rump of the female pygmy elephant, a unique and endangered animal found only in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo Island.

Bush Says Kyoto Treaty Would Have Hurt Economy
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

President Bush said in a Danish TV interview aired Thursday that adhering to the Kyoto treaty on climate change would have "wrecked" the U.S. economy. "Kyoto would have wrecked our economy. I couldn't in good faith have signed Kyoto," Bush told the Danish Broadcasting Corp., noting that the treaty did not include other nations -- including India and China -- that he called "big polluters."

Florida Biologist Who Fought for Panthers is Reinstated to Job
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Craig Pittman, St. Petersburg Times

For six years biologist Andy Eller reviewed development permits to make sure that subdivisions built in the western Everglades would not wipe out habitat for the endangered Florida panther. But Eller's bosses at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service overruled him and developers went around him, even calling Florida's U.S. senators to get approval for projects.

Thai Fishermen Catch World's Largest Freshwater Fish
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Daniel Lovering, Associated Press

This big one did not get away. Thai fishermen netted a 646-pound catfish believed to have been the world's largest freshwater fish ever caught in Thailand, a researcher said Thursday.

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