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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.

Tourists Evacuated as Chilean Park Fire Burns
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - By Fiona Ortiz, Reuters

Wildfires raged in Chile's renowned Torres del Paine national park for a sixth day Wednesday, forcing officials to evacuate tourists from some areas and igniting a debate over fire-prevention laws.

Older Diesel Equipment Will Still Pose Health Problems, Group Says
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune

Though new diesel engines and fuel are required to operate more cleanly over the next 10 years, a new analysis suggests thousands of Americans will continue to suffer the effects of diesel pollution unless older trucks and equipment also are cleaned up.

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