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Ecology Professor at Home in Straw House
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Glen Adams, Associated Press

Miles off the paved highway and at the end of a long, bumpy driveway that cuts deep into the woods, Mick Womersley puts the finishing touches on his solar panel-topped home. It's not your ordinary rural dwelling, even one designed to be ecologically sound.

Too Many People in Nature's Way, Experts Say; 'We Think We're Safe and We're Not'
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

The dead and the desperate of New Orleans now join the farmers of Aceh and the fishermen of Trincomalee, villagers in Iran and the slum dwellers of Haiti in a world being dealt ever more punishing blows by natural disasters. It's a world where Americans can learn from even the poorest nations, experts say, and where they should learn not to build future settlements like the drowned old metropolis on the Mississippi.

Potlatch Land Gets Green 'Certified' Label
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune

The move to certify wood and paper made from Minnesota trees as environmentally friendly got a push last week, with forests owned by Potlatch Corp. certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Organic Style Magazine To Cease Publication
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Gregory Karp, The Morning Call

Organic Style, the women's lifestyle magazine published by Rodale of Emmaus, will cease publication with its October issue. The news was announced by memo to employees late in the workday Thursday. The magazine, called "OS" internally, employed 38, all based in New York City. Some will be relocated within Rodale. The rest will be out of work and receive severance packages.

Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal Gives Birth
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

There's a new celebrity lazing away the day on the sunny beaches outside Kauai's south shore resorts. An endangered Hawaiian monk seal known as Seal 310 gave birth early Tuesday morning to a pup on the beach in front of Kiahuna Plantation Resort near Poipu.

Nevada Files Suit against NRC over Yucca License Process
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Ken Ritter, Associated Press

Nevada filed suit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday, accusing the agency of prejudging an upcoming Energy Department application for a license to open a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain.

Clever Whale Uses Fish to Catch Seagulls
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An enterprising young killer whale at Marineland has figured out how to use fish as bait to catch seagulls -- and shared his strategy with his fellow whales.

Lava Bench Collapses in Hawaii
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Fresh molten rock from Kilauea Volcano is flowing into an area where a 12-acre bench of hardened lava crashed into the ocean last weekend. "It's already rebuilding, but a lot goes below sea level," said Christina Heliker, a geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Actor Alec Baldwin Gives His Support to Long Island Wind Park
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Long Island native Alec Baldwin has given his support to plans for an offshore wind park being pitched by the Long Island Power Authority. The actor has recorded radio spots stressing the need to reduce Long Island's dependence on fossil fuels by adopting clean alternative energy sources, including the wind park.

California Senate Rejects Schwarzenegger's Air Board Chair
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The California Senate on Thursday rejected Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's choice to head the state Air Resources Board, saying her close ties to the energy industry made her a bad fit for an agency with so much influence on the nation's clean-air laws.

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