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Britain, California to Work Together on Global Warming
August 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Adrian Croft and Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Britain and California agreed on Monday to work together to reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming. As part of the agreement, Britain and the U.S. state will investigate whether they can cooperate on an emissions trading scheme.

Western Toads Abundant in Northern Nevada
August 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Northern Nevada, with its hot, dry summers and desert terrain, is hardly thought of as a paradise for toads. But that's what it's become, thanks to two wet winters and a hefty rainstorm that made puddle jumping a breeze for the amphibians.

Oceans Teem with Bacteria, Study Shows
August 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

The oceans are teeming with 10 to 100 more types of bacteria than previously believed, many of them unknown, according to a study released on Monday that has jolted scientists' understanding of evolution in the seas.

Recycling Single-Use Medical Devices Saves Money, Raises Concerns
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press

Federal regulators say "reprocessing" is safe, but original device manufacturers say they can't guarantee recycled products will work correctly -- and that they are wrongly blamed for malfunctions and patient harm caused by reprocessing.

Controversial Thai Elephants Ready for Australia
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Eight elephants, whose shipment to Australia was blocked by protesters last month, were due to leave Thailand on Sunday after their convoy managed to get away from a rally to stop them from leaving the quarantine centre.

State of California Receives Part of Long Beach Wetlands
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A nonprofit conservation group has bought 66 acres of the Los Cerritos Wetlands in Long Beach and donated the property to the state, the first success in a decades-long attempt to buy and restore the entire 400-acre marsh and protect it from further development.

USDA Sees $10 Billion Cost for Farm Stewardship Plan
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Charles Abbott, Reuters

The infant "green" payment program that rewards stewardship of U.S. farm and ranchland would cost a hefty $9 billion-$10 billion a year if offered nationwide, its Agriculture Department overseer said.

Offshore Drilling Proposal of Intense Interest to Nation's Heartland
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Strangers from the heartland, two businessmen share the hope that the energy resting beneath the deep blue waters of the central Gulf of Mexico might bring relief from high natural gas prices. So, they wonder, why isn't it being pumped?

Australian Town Rejects Potable Recycled Sewage Water
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A drought-hit Australian town could not swallow the idea of drinking recycled sewage water and rejected the water-saving option in a referendum on Saturday.

Fuel Costs Drive Coin Laundry into Sun-Energy Vanguard
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Tarm, Associated Press

Perched atop the hangar-sized laundry facility in this working class Chicago suburb, of Berwyn, Ill. is one of the largest, most cost-effective solar systems in the country.

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