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Up to 11 Wilderness Areas Could Join National Forest
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Steelhammer, The Charleston Gazette

As many as 11 and as few as zero new wilderness areas will be recommended for inclusion in the Monongahela National Forest, according to a recently released draft of an updated management plan for the 910,000-acre forest.

Umbra on Renting Hybrids and Sharing Cars
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

A reader asks advice guru Umbra Fisk where she can rent a hybrid. Turns out it's not as easy as one might like, though the option is spreading. But Umbra's got another suggestion for how city dwellers can drive a hybrid without buying one. Learn about car sharing, the hippest trend in urban living -- in Ask Umbra, today on the Grist Magazine website.

Ex-Wildlife Manager Agrees to Pay Fine
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A former federal wildlife manager who says he moved about 400 protected tadpoles from a backyard pond to a refuge for their own safety has agreed to pay a $3,500 fine to avoid a criminal charge.

Bird Flu in Flies No Threat to Animals or Humans, Expert Says
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Flies can carry the bird flu virus which has killed 46 people in Asia but there is no evidence they can spread the killer disease to other animals or humans, an animal health expert said on Wednesday.

Study Blames 20,000 Deaths a Year on Diesel Exhaust
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press

Emissions from old diesel engines cause more than 20,000 Americans a year to die sooner than they would have otherwise, an environmental group estimated Tuesday.

Green Waste a Burning Rural Issue
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Niesha Lofing, The Sacramento Bee

Temperatures are rising in Granite Bay over residents burning their green waste, a typically rural practice that continues to thrive in this changing community.

Japanese Government Gets Tough on Diesel
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Environment Ministry on Tuesday decided to introduce new regulations to tighten regulations on diesel vehicle exhaust fumes from 2009, with the aim of significantly lowering nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions, sources said.

More Japanese Firms Producing Materials Less Harmful to Environment
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Masayoshi Minato, Kyodo News International, Tokyo

An increasing number of Japanese corporations have begun producing biodegradable plastics and other materials less harmful to the environment than conventional ones using plants, reflecting rising environmental consciousness.

Scientists Examines Workplace Germs
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

You probably clean vigorously at home, at least occasionally. But how often does this happen at work, the valiant efforts of the janitorial staff notwithstanding?

Soy Industry Looks for the Next Big Thing
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Soy milk, once a staple found only in natural and health food stores, is now sold side-by-side with regular milk in chain supermarkets.

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