Blackberry Fungus Enters U.S., Hits Oregon
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Rukmini Callimachi, Associated Press
A deadly fungus used to control the spread of unwanted varieties of blackberries overseas has landed in the United States, infecting numerous fields in Oregon, the capital of America's blackberry industry.
Saving Mali's Migratory Elephants
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Smithsonian Magazine
Mali's desert elephants migrate almost 300 miles in a year, as far as 35 miles in a day, all in pursuit of water. These elephants are "living on the edge, in the most extreme conditions," biologist Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, tells Smithsonian magazine. "Their survival depends on making good decisions."
Dumps' Gulls Face Falcon and the Showman
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Dana Bartholomew, Daily News
A feathery meteor flashed over the Bradley Landfill, blowing away the half-dozen sea gulls scavenging over the fresh mountain of garbage. For decades, the sea gull had ruled the roost at the Sun Valley dump -- the bane of bulldozer operators and neighbors susceptible to their rain of rotting leftovers. Nothing would dislodge them -- until Joe Suffredini unleashed his fleeting falcons.
Crews to Move 12 Million Tons of Radioactive Waste away from River in Utah
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Thiessen, Associated Press
The Department of Energy plans to move a 12 million ton heap of radioactive waste away from the banks of the Colorado River, a major source of drinking water for about 25 million people, officials said Monday.
Environmental Groups Sue Feds over Grazing at Glen Canyon
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Cyndy Cole, The Arizona Daily Sun
Two environmental groups are suing the Bureau of Land Management, the Park Service and Interior Secretary Gale Norton over grazing in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The lawsuit filed Friday has implications for ranching in northern Arizona and southern Utah, including for those who ranch in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Greenpeace Wants Halt to Deep Seas Bottom-Trawling
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters
Greenpeace issued a fresh call Monday to stop the practice of bottom-trawling, saying the international organizations that manage fish stocks were doing nothing to stop the destruction of ocean beds.
On Beyond Organic: Socially Responsible Business
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks
From the fields of Kentucky, to the forests of Nicaragua, to the Internet Superhighway, join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we learn how some businesses are integrating a commitment to their community with a commitment to their own bottom line.
Scientists Lead Sea Expedition from Land
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard C. Lewis, Associated Press
The ship with all the gadgets and underwater rovers is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, but for the first time, the team of scientists directing the expedition is not on board. They're sitting inside a room thousands of miles away.
Scarce, Degraded Land is Spark for Africa Conflict
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters
On a continent where a man's worth is often measured by his cattle, rivalry for the beasts and the degraded land they graze on is sparking lethal conflicts across Africa. Observers say the violence is rooted in increasingly parched soil which has been battered by overgrazing, erosion, population growth and global warming, exacerbating struggles among human communities with ancient and blood-stained histories.
Lawmakers Near Agreement on Broad Energy Bill
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
House and Senate negotiators are awaiting completion of an $11.5 billion tax package before giving final approval to an sweeping compromise energy bill that Congress hopes to send to President Bush by week's end.