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Listening System May Help Save Whales
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

Small survey planes, daylight and luck have long been the best tools for scientists hoping to spot the rare North Atlantic right whale. The results aren't too impressive. An estimated one in four whales are spotted by aerial surveys, leaving the rest vulnerable to ship strikes or fishing gear entanglements.

Chemist Tries to Solve World's Energy Woes
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Brian Bergstein, Associated Press

A U.S. chemist is trying to determine how the world will produce enough energy to supply 9 billion people by mid-century -- and whether that can be done without pumping off-the-charts amounts of carbon dioxide into the air.

U.S. Court Rejects Effort to Block Rules on Mercury Pollution
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

An effort by environmental groups to block the President George W. Bush's administration from implementing its new regulations on mercury pollution power plants was rejected by a federal appeals court.

Green Sea Turtle Makes Rare Va. Delivery
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A green sea turtle dug out a nest in the sands of this resort beach and left 124 eggs -- the first documented case of the protected turtle laying its eggs in Virginia.

Canada, U.S. Agree Ways to Drain North Dakota Lake
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canada and the United States announced a deal on Saturday that could end years of bickering over plans to drain a North Dakota lake into rivers that end up in Canada, and said there would be safeguards to prevent pollution and minimize risk from "nuisance species" of fish.

Scientists Study Arctic Climate Changes
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A team of researchers will spend the next several weeks studying the icy Arctic Ocean to document historic climate changes. The expedition is using new technology to see whether variations in the Arctic's climate are within normal range of those that took place in Earth's recent past during the Holocene era, some 10,000 years since the last ice age.

Bird-Filled Emirates Wetlands Diminishing
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Krane, Associated Press

The Khor al-Beidah lagoon is a pristine tidal flat teeming with wildlife, including endangered birds, sea turtles and manatee-like dugong that swim among its tangles of mangroves. But a bevy of dredges and construction gangs are about to begin transforming a 1,500-acre parcel into a $3.3 billion luxury conglomeration of homes, shops, marinas and beach resorts aimed at foreign buyers and tourists.

Dairies at a Critical Juncture
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Moran, Modesto Bee

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District thinks a cow creates about 19.3 pounds of volatile organic compounds a year. Those compounds are an ingredient in smog. The dairy industry thinks the number is closer to 5.6 pounds. The 13.7-pound difference carries big implications for dairy farmers.

Former Pork Producer Enters Renewable Energy Business
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Wilde, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa

When Bruce Rastetter was in the hog business, he wasn't exactly loved by everyone in Iowa. Now that he's is in the renewable energy business, Rastetter switched from villain -- in some people's eyes -- to hero.

New Software Helps Fleet Managers Evaluate Hybrid-Vehicle Costs
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM -

Government and business fleet managers interested in reducing fuel costs and protecting air quality now have a free online tool to compares the costs and emissions of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to conventional vehicles.

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