Advocates Pitch Hemp as Farmers' Gold
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Kristin Collins, the News & Observer
Hemp wasn't always the pet plant of tie-dyed liberals. Its spiky leaves once covered thousands of acres across the country. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew it. An early draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. Betsy Ross' flag is said to have been sewn from hemp fabric.
Regulators OK Wind Farm Near Bird Home
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - JR Ross, Associated Press
Wisconsin regulators approved a $250 million wind farm Friday that its proponents said would generate energy for 72,000 homes and opponents warned would kill migratory birds.
Hot, Windy Weather Hampers Firefighters in Colorado and South Dakota
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Tsai, Associated Press
Gusty wind and temperatures heading into the 90s prompted authorities to evacuate about 70 more homes Sunday east of a 2,900-acre wildfire in southern Colorado.
Panda Cub Survives Critical First Day
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Douglass K. Daniel, Associated Press
Giant panda Mei Xiang appeared to be nursing her day-old cub on Sunday, a positive sign of survival for a tiny bear susceptible to malnutrition, bacterial infection and even the lumbering of its 250-pound mother.
Philippines Checks Sanctuaries after Bird Flu Case
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Dolly Aglay, Reuters
The Philippines is monitoring poultry farms near bird sanctuaries because the three ducks on farm discovered to have the country's first case of bird flu may have been infected by migratory birds.
Expanded Energy Program Aims to Save Homeowners 10 Percent or More on Utilities
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
The government is expanding its most highly promoted energy conservation program, aiming to save homeowners at least 10 percent a year on their utility bills.
Eastern Timber Rattler Finds Defenders in the Northern Range
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Virtanen, Associated Press
The warm, southeast-facing rock cliffs overlooking Lake Champlain mark the northern limit of the eastern timber rattlesnake's habitat. Jaime Ethier, in boots and jeans, was bushwhacking from Champlain Palisades down to the pebbled shores of the lake -- through terrain where he wouldn't see a coiled dark snake unless he nearly stepped on it.
Iceland Tells Japan Cooperation on Commercial Whaling Possible
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Iceland told fellow pro-whaling ally Japan Monday that it might be possible to cooperate on commercial whaling, officials said.
Old Carpet, Scraps Being Tapped by Manufacturer as New Energy Source
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Greg Bluestein, Associated Press
Here in the "Carpet Capital of the World," the vast manufacturing plants that supply almost half the nation's carpet also pump out reams of wasted scraps that eventually wind up in landfills. Next month, the world's largest carpet maker plans to do something about the problem, opening a one-of-a-kind power plant that will be fueled by the 16,000 tons of overruns, rejects and remnants it turns out every year.
G-8 Takes No Concrete Steps to Stop Global Warming, but Schedules New Round of Talks
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Thomas Wagner, Associated Press
The Group of Eight summit bowed to U.S. pressure on Friday by approving a declaration on climate change that avoided taking any concrete steps to fight global warming, such as setting targets or timetables for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.