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Nobel Winner Maathai Urges World Leaders to Plant More Trees
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai challenged government leaders and powerful elites Tuesday to get their hands dirty and plant trees to stop the alarming destruction and degradation of forests.

New Salamander Species Identified
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - William McCall, Associated Press

A new species of salamander has been identified in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon and Northern California, demonstrating the biological richness of the region, researchers say.

Mount Rainier Ranked Third Most Dangerous Volcano
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Cook, Associated Press

In the shadow of Mount Rainier, people go about their lives -- going to shop, going to school, going to work. One day, though, the routine will be broken by a rumble that sounds like a thousand freight trains.

On Beyond Organic: Is Organic Elitist?
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

One of the biggest complaints about organic food is price. In fact, according to conservative pundits like the Hoover Institute's Henry I. Miller, the organic movement is not only elitist, but technophobic and possibly even racist.

Dawning of the New Nuclear Age
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Tracey Boles, The Business, London

Professor James Lovelock's Gaia theory describes the earth as working like a giant living organism. According to Lovelock, Gaia -- derived from the Greek for goddess of the earth -- is physically and chemically entwined with life on this planet.

Senators Seek Bipartisan Energy Bill with No Showstoppers
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Senators began plowing through an energy bill Tuesday that would include stronger conservation measures than already approved by the House and sidestep matters that could derail the measure -- such as drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge.

Park at World's Southern Tip Recovers from Chile Fire
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Katie Burford, Reuters

It took a month and 800 firefighters to put out an immense wildfire earlier this year in remote southern Chile's Torres del Paine national park, world renowned for its awe-inspiring granite spires and glaciers.

Aging Sewer Systems Fouling Great Lakes
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Sewage is fouling the Great Lakes and other waters in the region because many municipal waste treatment systems are failing to stop overflows, environmental groups said in a report Tuesday.

Groups Seek Tougher EPA Rules on Mercury from Power Plants
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Some of the nation's top environmental groups said Tuesday they will join the efforts of at least 13 states hoping to force industry to install mercury pollution controls tougher than those imposed this spring by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Cash Incentives Needed to Save Rain Forests
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Developing nations should be paid to preserve tropical rain forests from the Amazon to Africa as part of a drive to slow deforestation and global warming, a Papua New Guinea delegate said on Tuesday.

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