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Honda Bets on Natural Gas Cars
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - James Hannah, Associated Press

Selling cars powered by natural gas to American drivers is no small challenge for Honda Motor Co. Natural-gas stations are few and far between, and until recently the vehicles were nearly as expensive to fuel up as their gasoline-powered counterparts.

Mexico Baby Turtles Thriving as Poachers Kept Out
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

About 13 million endangered Olive Ridley turtles have hatched on Mexico's Pacific beaches and scuttled safely into the sea so far this year, protected from poachers by armed guards deployed by the government, environmentalists said Tuesday.

Brazilian Police Arrest Dozens Accused of Forging Permits To Transport Amazon Lumber
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Brazilian federal police on Wednesday arrested at least 43 people accused of forging and selling permits for the transport of tens of millions of dollars (Euros) worth of illegally cut lumber, authorities said.

Parks Strive To Improve Tours
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - David Melmer, Indian Country Today

Depending on who tells the story, visitors to many national and state parks across the country may get the impression that American Indians never inhabited a particular region that in fact holds religious or cultural significance to local indigenous peoples.

Wondrously Blank: A Plea for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- A Guest Commentary
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - T.A. Barron

The world would be far poorer, Aldo Leopold famously observed, “without a blank spot on the map.” Yet it wasn’t long ago that U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski from Alaska stood in the Senate chamber and declared indignantly that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was no more remarkable than a blank piece of paper.

House Moves Toward Easing Offshore Drilling Ban, Opening Alaska Refuge
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A House committee on Wednesday approved a measure that would clear the way for oil and gas drilling in currently off-limits coastal waters and an Alaska wildlife refuge.

Wondrously Blank: A Plea for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - T.A. Barron

(By T.A. Barron) The world would be far poorer, Aldo Leopold famously observed, “without a blank spot on the map.” Yet it wasn’t long ago that U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski from Alaska stood in the Senate chamber and declared indignantly that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was no more remarkable than a blank piece of paper. What, really, is a blank spot on the map? What is its value? These questions are difficult to answer -- especially for a money-driven, mechanized society such as ours.

Rare Wetland Raises Restoration Hopes
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Lee Bloomquist, Duluth News-Tribune

A vegetable farm once owned by frozen-foods entrepreneur Jeno Paulucci is becoming the only wetland bank of its kind in the nation.

Timber Traded for Improved Habitat
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Kadera, The Oregonian

The Mount Hood National Forest awarded its first stewardship contract -- trading timber for forest improvements -- to a Carson, Wash., plywood veneer manufacturer.

Ballona Wetland Environmentalists Win Lawsuit against City of Los Angeles, Playa Vista Development
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

After four years of litigation, a coalition of environmentalist groups today prevailed in an appeal of a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and Playa Capital, the investors behind the Playa Vista development.

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