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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.

Voluntary Green Power Purchasing up 1000 Percent in 5 Years; Large Corporate Purchasers Driving Growth
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Renewable energy capacity in the United States supported by voluntary demand rather than regulatory requirements now tops 2200 megawatts (MW) – up more than 1,000 percent in just 5 years, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy released at the Tenth National Green Power Marketing Conference in Austin, Texas.

Biodiesel Working Its Way into the Nation's Fuel Supply
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Only three weeks after Governor Schwarzenegger of California signed into law a proposal authored by State Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) that would allow public agencies and utilities to use vehicles that run off of biodiesel and biodiesel blends, the American Trucking Association advocates the use of biodiesel.

Nearly 60 Whales Dead after Stranding on Remote Beach in Southern Australia
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Nearly 60 whales died in a mass stranding on a remote beach in southern Australia, a wildlife official said Tuesday. Rescuers struggled to save about 10 survivors.

Rare Asian Black-Tailed Gull Found in Vt.
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Rathke, Associated Press

When Julie Hart went down to the Charlotte beach last Tuesday she was in search of a strong cell phone signal, not birds. But while scanning the water for loons, geese and other migrating water birds, Hart noticed a darker gull among the typical ring-billed gulls on Lake Champlain.

NASA Scraps Plan to Wrap Hanger in Panels
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

NASA has scrapped plans to wrap a decommissioned hangar in solar panels after a contractor deemed the project impractical. NASA said the panels would not generate enough energy to justify the $40 million cost of installing them.

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