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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.

Premier Medical Waste Services Wastes no Time Expanding Base
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug LeDuc, The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Ind.

When a disposable needle is used by a health-care worker, it must be discarded into an unbreakable protective "sharps" container to prevent an accidental stick that could spread disease.

Environmentalist CEO's Business Rents Hybrid Cars
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Brent Hopkins, Daily News, Los Angeles

Going green proved to be a smart move for Jeff Pink. As chief executive officer of EV Rental Cars, he's trying to turn a small fleet of vehicles into a nationwide armada to protect the environment.

Biotech Business Spurs Debate
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Michelle Dunlop, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho

As Christine Davis scans the neighboring property full of jagged volcanic rock and brush, a look of anguish sweeps across her face.

Agriculture Research Faces Cuts in Bush Plan
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Sharon Kiley Mack, Bangor Daily News

All of the land-grant research facilities that serve Maine's agriculture industries -- potato, blueberry, apple, forestry and dairy -- are in jeopardy of losing their federal funding under President Bush's recent agricultural budget proposal.

On Beyond Organic: Bodycareless - What's in Our Soap?
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

According to the FDA, 89 percent of ingredients in mainstream cosmetics haven't been safety tested by an independent agency. Lotions, creams and shampoos, already full of petroleum-based toxins and synthetic chemicals, are now using penetration enhancers to make skin more absorbent.

Tsunami-Hit Beach May Become Turtle Haven
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Conservationists want to turn a popular Malaysian beach hit by the tsunami into a protected nesting area for endangered sea turtles, which hatched there for the first time in over a decade -- probably because of a drop-off in tourists after the disaster.

Brazil Vows Slowdown of Amazon Destruction
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Hay, Reuters

Destruction of Brazil's Amazon rain forest will slow down in 2005 after the murder of a U.S. nun prompted the government to launch an unprecedented crackdown on illegal loggers and ranchers, the head of Brazil's environment agency said Monday.

Cuba Calls on Citizens to Conserve Water to Confront Shortage
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Cuba urged its citizens Monday to cut back on water use, announcing that new measures will be necessary to fight a long-lasting dry spell.

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