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Bio-Diesel Car Rental Opens in World's Car Capital
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A company offering rental cars powered entirely by bio-diesel set up shop in Los Angeles Tuesday, hoping to bring the aroma of popcorn and doughnuts to the city's smoggy freeways.

Norway's Electric-Car Maker Think Nordic Declared Bankrupt
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Think Nordic AS, the electric-car maker once owned by Ford, was declared bankrupt Tuesday after failing to meet wage and other payment obligations.

Illegal Loggers Clearing PNG's Forests, Report Says
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Illegal logging is destroying large areas of forest in Papua New Guinea despite a government crackdown and policies that regulate the practice, global environmental group Forest Trends said.

Flamingo Deaths Spark Bird Flu Probe in Bahamas
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - John Marquis, Reuters

Health experts were dispatched Tuesday to the southern Bahamas island of Inagua to find out if an unexplained spate of bird deaths was linked to a deadly bird flu virus that is spreading around the globe.

California City Approves $250 Million Desalination Plant
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Tori Richards, Reuters

The city of Huntington Beach, California, Tuesday approved construction of the nation's largest desalination plant, ending years of bitter debate with environmentalists.

Professor Finishes Maine Bay Seaweed Study
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A University of New Hampshire plant biology professor has documented an abundance of invasive species of seaweed in Maine's Casco Bay that appear to be changing the ecosystem.

In Congo, Pygmies Ill-Prepared to Fight for Their Forests
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Anjan Sundaram, Associated Press

Pygmy chief Mbomba Bokenu says he may soon let loggers cut his people's forests, and all he expects in return are soap and a few bags of salt.

U.S. Biologists Bet N.D. Pelicans Return
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

Federal biologists who were baffled by pelican die-offs and departures at Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge the past two years are betting the big birds will be back in about a month.

Scientists Studying Decline of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

In the 1970s, there used to be about 1,300 beluga whales in Cook Inlet, delighting locals and tourists alike. Last year, the number was estimated at just 278.

Mercury Cuts on the Ground Not Enough
February 28, 2006 12:00 AM - John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune

When you raise your face into that first spring rainfall, remember this: The water splashing off your head is higher in mercury contamination than the treated sewage water leaving the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District.

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