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Once-Hated Gray Wolf Thrives in the US Rockies
January 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Judith Crosson, Reuters

As the gray wolf hovered on the brink of extinction a decade ago, U.S. officials embarked on a controversial plan to open the vast refuge of Yellowstone National Park to the pack-based predators in the hopes of rebuilding the species.

Top 3 Japan Automakers to Give 580 Million Yen to Tsunami Relief
January 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. and two other top Japanese automakers on Thursday announced plans worth a total of 580 million yen for relief efforts in Southeast Asia after the Dec. 26 devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Fort Worth, Texas, Approves Natural-Gas Drilling Under Parks
January 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna M. Tinsley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ts

Drilling for natural gas could begin this summer under three city-owned parks under an agreement between the city and a Dallas-based oil and gas company.

Portland, Ore.-Based Crown Pacific's Creditors Take Over 522,000 Acres
January 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Manning, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

Crown Pacific Partners on Dec. 31 transferred 522,000 acres to a new company, Cascade Timberlands LLC, owned by Crown's major creditors.

Los Angeles Agency's Touted 'Green Power' Program is Running out of Steam
January 5, 2005 12:00 AM - James Nash, Daily News, Los Angeles

Despite spending millions to promote its clean-energy effort, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has lost nearly 75 percent of the program's participants -- many of them phantom, nonpaying customers.

Thai Dolphin Rescue Hits Snag as Rescuers Bicker
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Jill Gralow, Reuters

Rescuers failed for a second day to save two rare dolphins in tsunami-hit Thailand on Tuesday after a local official and environmentalists argued about how best to save the mammals swept inland by the giant waves.

Florida Homeowner and Island Officials Locked in Turf War over Plastic Lawn
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A homeowner and officials of this wealthy island community are locked in a turf war -- an artificial turf war.

Jimmy Carter Urged to Give Fish a Chance
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A prominent U.S.-based animal rights group urged former President Jimmy Carter Monday to give up fishing on the grounds that the activity was inconsistent the Nobel peace laureate's humanitarian efforts.

All We are is Farms in the Wind: Umbra Opines on Wind Farms
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

Wind turbines have been getting a bum rap in certain circles of late, for grinding up birds and such. Do the critics have a point, asks a concerned reader, or are they just NIMBY whiners who should be grateful for the spread of a clean, green form of energy? The ever-sagacious Umbra Fisk weighs in -- today on the Grist Magazine website.

Rats Killed and Tons of Waste Removed in Rare Cleanup of Kenya's Main Market
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Workers at Kenya's main market killed some 6,000 rats, trucked away 750 tons (680 metric tons) of garbage and sucked 70 tons (64 metric tons) of human waste out of latrines in three days of the first major cleanup of the market in 30 years, an official said.

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