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Dolphins Protect Their Snouts With Sponges
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A group of dolphins living off the coast of Australia apparently teach their offspring to protect their snouts with sponges while foraging for food in the sea floor. Researchers say it appears to be a cultural behavior passed on from mother to daughter, a first for animals of this type, although such learning has been seen in other species.

Innovative Farming Methods Save Money, Spare the Environment
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Wilde, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa

Bedding calves at Dave and Pam Bolin's farm is yesterday's news. In an effort to help the environment and control costs, the Clarksville dairy farmers shred old newspapers to keep young heifers comfortable.

Alternative Fuels Push to Benefit Alaska
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce

A new federal initiative to manufacture alternate fuels from coal could benefit projects in Alaska. Theodore Barna, assistant deputy undersecretary of defense, said the Department of Defense is launching an effort to get U.S. industry to tackle alternative fuels projects to make ultra-clean, high-performance jet fuel and diesel for the military.

Cultivating the Power of Nature's Call
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The manure management side of farming is far less smelly and far more profitable when the animal waste is converted into a power source. Such a biomass process is up and running at farms across the United States. Although the basic technology isn't new, it's generating attention for a Wisconsin company, GHD Inc.

Modine Wins DaimlerChrysler Contracts to Meet Tighter Heavy-Duty Truck Emission Standards
June 7, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Modine Manufacturing Company announced today it has been chosen as the supplier for engine cooling modules for The Freightliner Group in North America and will also become the development partner for Mercedes-Benz Truck in Europe.

Al Gore Urges World Mayors to Take Action to Fight Global Warming
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Former Vice President Al Gore urged an assembly of international mayors to fight global warming Saturday, warning of catastrophic consequences for the planet if governments fail to act.

U.N. Urges 'Green' Planning for Burgeoning Cities
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

From Bondi Junction in Australia to Bindura in Zimbabwe, millions marked World Environment Day on Sunday by planting trees, picking up litter and staging rallies aimed at making cities cleaner and greener.

Rattlesnakes Thrive in Iowa Prairie
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Chuck Schoffner, Associated Press

While some treat snakes with revulsion, the Nature Conservancy has nothing but respect for the prairie rattlesnakes that slither through the tall grasses just south of town.

Urban Dwellers Mainly Cause Global Warning, but See Little of It
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Uta Harnischfeger, Associated Press

Urban dwellers are mainly responsible for global warming, but see little of the effects because they have their biggest impact in isolated and sparsely populated regions, the U.N. environment agency said.

Researchers Look at Role of Fish in Coal-Bed Methane Debate
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

Ever since developers learned how to tap coal seams in the Powder River Basin for natural gas, they've struggled with what to do with the brackish groundwater that comes out first. A fish may be the answer.

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