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Little Fire Ants Invade the Big Island
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

It doesn't make as much noise as the coqui frog, but the little fire ant has invaded the Big Island, stinging fruit pickers and homeowners alike.

EarthTalk: Combatting Sprawl with 'Smart Growth'
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Sprawl is the tendency of cities to expand into outlying agricultural and rural lands, creating developed suburbs where there was once open space.

U.S. Cities Eye Ocean Waves for Power Supplies
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson and Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Since ancient times poets have revered the power of the seas. Now energy companies and coastal cities like New York and San Francisco are aiming to tap ocean waves and tidal currents as abundant sources of electricity.

President's Budget Cuts Funding for Fisheries Programs
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press

Five months after a presidential commission recommended spending billions more to protect the nation's oceans, the White House has proposed a budget that would reduce funding for fisheries and eliminate the Pacific Islands regional office in Hawaii.

Reef Expert Gives Back to Asia
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

The horrific images of tsunami-battered shores in Southeast Asia recalled to Deborah Brosnan her own personal disaster in that part of the world. She and her husband, Steven Courtney, survived a fiery jet crash in Taipei, Taiwan, that killed 83 passengers in 2000.

Unions Lobbying Democrats to Back President's Clean Air Plan
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Malia Rulon, Associated Press

A coalition of labor unions -- traditionally a bastion of support for Democrats -- are lobbying senators of that party in favor of President Bush's air-pollution plan.

Study Finds Pollution May Affect Babies' Genes
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Karen Matthews, Associated Press

A study of New York City newborns suggests that prenatal exposure to air pollution may be linked to genetic changes associated with an increased risk of cancer, researchers said Tuesday.

Two Environmental Groups Sue Puerto Rico's Sewer Authority
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Two environmental groups sued Puerto Rico's sewer authority on Monday, accusing it of using coastal waters "as a toilet" by allegedly leaking human waste into the sea.

Salvage and Oil Cleanup of Aleutian Freighter Wreck Halted Until Spring
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Volz, Associated Press

Salvage and cleanup operations of a freighter that wrecked in the Aleutian Islands have been shut down until spring, the Coast Guard said Monday.

Do Cows and Tennis Balls Stoke Global Warming?
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Cows and sheep grazing in fields, joggers' shoes or even the kitchen fridge could all be targeted under a new U.N. pact meant to rein in global warming.

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