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Coeur d'Alene Mines Begins Work on Alaska Gold Mine
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Kramer, The Spokesman-Review

Randy Wanamaker's grandfather took part in southeast Alaska's historic gold rush, so perhaps it's no surprise that Wanamaker -- a geologist and an Alaska Native -- is an advocate for the Kensington Mine. But the project remains controversial with Juneau environmentalists.

Washington Man's Wind Generator is Silenced
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Evan Caldwell, Tri-City Herald

When Gerry Greenfield received an old surplus wind generator and steel tower from a friend in Tehachapi, Calif., his only cost was the drive. For the past two years, the windmill has been producing a small amount of electricity. Greenfield, 58, who lives on a fixed-income and relies on Social Security, said it saves him about $33 per month on his utility bill.

Soil, Water Protection Helps Eritrea Farmers
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Harris, Reuters

Redaegzy Gebremedhin, 64, an experienced farmer and entrepreneur in the Red Sea state of Eritrea, remembers fondly the days when he exported fruit and vegetables to Europe and meat to Saudi Arabia. But that was more than 30 years ago.

California Officials Worry About Asian Beetle
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press

State and federal agriculture officials on Wednesday warned that destructive Asian beetles have been found near a Sacramento warehouse and dispatched federal firefighters to climb nearby trees to search for traces of the insects.

Officials Say Chinese Air Pollution Fight Faces Trouble with Driving Public
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China is trying to stave off rising pollution from cars by enacting a law requiring low-sulfur fuels, but faces opposition from the driving public, environmental officials said Thursday.

Animal Rights Group Sues Over Sea Lions
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

An animal rights group filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the federal government of violating several environmental protection acts by allowing the use of certain research techniques on threatened and endangered Steller sea lions.

Scientists Raise Alarm About Ocean Health
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

With a record number of dead seabirds washing up on West Coast beaches from Central California to British Columbia, marine biologists are raising the alarm about rising ocean temperatures and dwindling plankton populations

Wyoming Wants Gray Wolf Off 'Threatened' List
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Bob Moen, Associated Press

Wyoming formally petitioned the Interior Department on Wednesday to remove gray wolves from the threatened species list in the northern Rockies, and to allow the state to control the predator.

World Heritage Committee to Investigate Effects of Climate Change, Postpones Decision on Mount Everest
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Alexandra Zavis, Associated Press

UNESCO agreed Wednesday to investigate the effects of climate change on World Heritage Sites around the globe after environmental activists raised concerns about the threat to Mount Everest. But the United Nations agency postponed a decision on whether to include the world's highest peak and two other sites on its endangered list.

Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Survey Finds
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report to be released Thursday. Although the effects on the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment.

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