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Great Salt Lake May Return to Normal Level
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The drought-shrunken Great Salt Lake could be back at its typical level in as few as two or three years, experts say. The U.S. Geological Survey automated gauge has recorded the level at about 4,195.5 feet above sea level for the past three weeks. That translates to a surface area of about 1,000 square miles.

Montana Wildlife Officials Kill Nine Wolves
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

Federal wildlife managers killed nine wolves in just over a month for allegedly attacking or killing livestock in southwest Montana.

On Beyond Organic: Slow Money Meets Slow Food
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

When venture capitalist Woody Tasch talks about “pushing money down the food chain,” he’s talking about patient support for small scale food companies working at the leading edge of green business.

Swampy Part of New Orleans Turns into Dumping Ground
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

A swampy section of the city is becoming a dumping ground for paint cans, broken furniture, insulation and whatever else is in the rubble. From its beginnings, New Orleans has viewed the surrounding wetlands and Mississippi River as the logical places for its waste. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the city again is turning to the swamp.

Dubai's Man-Made Islands Anger Environmentalists
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Hammond, Reuters

Billion-dollar islands being built off the coast of Dubai offer wealthy tourists a chance to leave the world behind, but environmentalists say the Gulf's delicate marine ecosystem is paying the price for this perfect escape.

Australia Rules Out New Post-Kyoto Limits
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Australia said on Monday negotiating new greenhouse gas emission levels for the Kyoto Protocol is a waste of time, dampening hopes a major environment meeting in Canada will set new targets beyond 2012.

Africa Lakes under Strain as Populations Rise
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Wangui Kanina, Reuters

Africa's 600-plus lakes are under unprecedented strain from rising populations and must be managed better if demand for fresh water is not to stir instability, a U.N. report published on Monday said.

Report Says Keeping Public Lands Open for Grazing Costs $123 Million a Year
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer Talhelm, Associated Press

Federal agencies spend at least $123 million a year to keep public lands open to livestock grazing, according to a government report that environmentalists say bolsters their argument that grazing should be limited.

Brazilian Start-Up Offers Minicar for Land of SUVs
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Todd Benson, Reuters

When a little-known company from California placed a $1 billion order for Smart minicars from DaimlerChrysler last spring, the struggling auto giant said thanks, but no thanks.

Dead Trees Give Birth to Businesses
November 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Silva, San Bernadino Country Sun

Eric Herkins sold his mountain home and lived in a tent so he could buy a tree skidder, a machine that can grab and haul logs. The 43-year-old took the bold gamble a few years ago when trees started dying by the thousands as the bark-beetle crisis raced across the San Bernardino Mountains.

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