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Wal-Mart Switches to Corn-Based Plastic Packaging
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Harold Brubaker, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Wal-Mart is going green. The retail giant, which is also the nation's largest grocery seller, is beginning to switch from petroleum-based to corn-based plastic packaging.

EPA Review Names Intel No. 1 Workplace for Commuters
October 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Clint Swett, The Sacramento Bee

All it took was a few bagels to turn Mike Finkel into a bicycle commuter. When his employer, Intel Corp., held a bike-to-work day a few years ago, the company promised a bagel breakfast for riders -- which was enough to get Finkel on his bike that morning.

Scientists Study Gorilla Who Uses Tools
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Anjan Sundaram, Associated Press

A young gorilla in a Congo sanctuary is smashing palm nuts between two rocks to extract oil, surprising and intriguing scientists who say they have much to learn about what gorillas can do -- and about what it says about evolution.

Puget Sound Region Feeling Climate Change
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Puget Sound region is feeling the impact of climate change -- from flooding to warmer waters -- and things could be getting worse, according to a report by University of Washington researchers.

New Species of Flying Reptile Named for Fang Teeth
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A new species of flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago has been named for its fang-like teeth, British scientists said on Tuesday.

Hurricanes Revive Florida Offshore Drilling Battle
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

America's thirst for energy and high fuel prices after hurricanes Katrina and Rita have rekindled the fight over oil and gas drilling off Florida, where clean beaches are the bedrock of a $57 billion-a-year tourism industry.

Storm Warnings -- A Guest Commentary
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter H. Gleick, the Pacific Institute

As New Orleans dries out and some semblance of normalcy begins to return for its luckier residents, we are just starting to think about the lessons that will have to be learned.

E-Waste Proliferating
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Tarter, Journal Star

The 16,000 square-foot warehouse at 401 NE Rock Island Avenue in Peoria is piled high with computers and televisions -- all used. It's the place where Recycling for Illinois, a not-for-profit recycling company, seeks to stem the tide of an onrushing sea of electronic appliances.

Denmark-Based Group Urges Halt in Fishing for Threatened Deep-Sea Species
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Denmark-based marine research group on Tuesday called for a halt in fishing for several threatened deep-sea species, including the orange roughy, the roundnose grenadier, the Portuguese dogfish and the leafscale gulper shark.

Environmental Studies Waived in Push for New Oil, Gas Drilling
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

In an aggressive push by the Bush administration to open more public land to oil and gas production, the Interior Department has quit conducting environmental reviews and seeking comments from local residents every time drilling companies propose new wells.

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