California Farmers Say Relief is Needed to Save Family Farms
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press
Edwin Camp has spent most of his life working on the family farm, tending potatoes, carrots and grapes in California's fertile Central Valley -- famously known as "America's salad bowl." But in recent years, he has logged less time in the fields and more days politicking against what he calls stringent labor and environmental laws threatening family farms.
U.S. Virgin Islands Government Sues Oil Refinery, Alumina Plant for Damaging Environment
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press
The U.S. Virgin Islands filed suit Wednesday suing the Western Hemisphere's second largest oil refinery and a defunct alumina plant for allegedly releasing pollutants that tainted the groundwater and marine and coastal resources on St. Croix island.
MIT Looks to Help Solve World's Energy Woes
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Weisman, The Boston Globe
The amount of energy-related work at MIT could double over the next five years as the institute mounts a research effort to address the world's growing energy problems. The program comes at a time when energy demand and consumption are surging globally as China, India, and other developing countries build industrial economies.
Scientists Nudge Fish Closer to Extinction
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Scientists trying to study the endangered Devils Hole pupfish near Death Valley inadvertently nudged the endangered fish closer to extinction.
Editorial: Ethanol Use as Fuel is Burning Money
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - David Nicklaus, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Popular or not, ethanol use as fuel is burning money. This won't be a popular position here in the Corn Belt, but I don't see any sense in requiring motorists to burn ethanol.
Montana to Fight Spread of Noxious Weeds
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Bob Anez, Associated Press
They infest a portion of Montana the size of Florida and Arkansas combined, and go by names like tansy ragwort, yellow toadflax and houndstongue. One species, knapweed, takes an estimated $42 million economic toll on the state every year.
U.S. Proposes Allowing Fish Farming up to 200 Miles off Coasts
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
The Bush administration, seeking to tap into one of the world's fastest-growing food industries, wants to allow fish farming up to 200 miles off the nation's coasts. Citing pilot projects off New Hampshire, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, the administration said Tuesday it was sending a bill to Congress to establish regulations for fish farming, known as aquaculture.
Families to Donate Land to Park District
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times
Weston Cook wanted to leave the city behind and build a country home with plenty of elbow room for his children to roam. He and four other families bought 216 acres south of Brentwood five years ago, but hit a wall of opposition as conservationists and wildlife regulators balked at letting five homes sprawl over so much prime habitat for rare frogs, salamanders and other grassland survivors.
World Scientists Say Humans Causing Global Warming
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters
Scientists, including from the United States and China, threw down the gauntlet to world leaders on Tuesday saying mankind was the major source of global warming and urging action, one month ahead of a G8 summit.
Borneo Lowland Forests Face Extinction
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
The lowland tropical rain forests in Indonesian Borneo could disappear in five years due to rampant logging and forest fires, endangering the survival of many exotic species, an international conservation group said on Tuesday.