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U.S. Government Plans to Phase out Use of Common Pesticide on Fruit, Other Crops
June 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Gene Johnson, Associated Press

The federal government plans to phase out a common pesticide that has been used on apples, pears and other crops since the late 1950s, acting amid complaints from environmental groups that the chemical poisons farmworkers.

Gore to Train 1,000 to Spread Word about Climate
June 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Al Gore hopes to train 1,000 messengers he hopes will spread out across the country and present a slide show about global warming that captures the essence of his Hollywood documentary and book.

Biologists, Criminalists are Developing 'CSI'-Type Standards to Catch Underwater Perps
June 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

When death strikes a coral reef, whether from an oil spill off Mexico or sediment unleashed by a dam bursting in Hawaii, marine biologists know what to look for, but not how to document and preserve their findings so they will hold up in court.

Bird Flu Fear Doesn't Deter Alaska's Hunters
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Daisuke Wakabayashi, Reuters

At the Apugauti ceremony to celebrate the capture of a bowhead whale during the spring, the men and women of the Patkotak whaling crew serve the traditional nigliq soup made with harvested geese, rice, onions and flavored with curry powder.

Gypsy Moth Invasion Ruining N.J. Forests
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An invasion of gypsy moths has been destroying thousands of acres of New Jersey forests in the span of a month, setting the state up for its worst outbreak since the caterpillars defoliated 140,000 acres in 2001.

China's Yellow River Estuary Cleanest in Years
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's Yellow River delta estuary is the cleanest in years, state media said on Friday, despite recent reports that most China's second-longest river is so polluted it is unsafe for swimming or drinking.

Forest Service Auctions Timber from Burned-Over Section of National Forest
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

To the dismay of environmentalists, the U.S. Forest Service auctioned off timber from a remote, burned-over section of a national forest Friday in the first such sale since the Bush administration eased logging restrictions.

U.N. Scheme to Save One Billion Tonnes of Greenhouse Gas
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A U.N. scheme to promote renewable energy use in poor nations is growing sharply and will axe emissions of greenhouse gases by more than a billion tonnes by 2012, the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat said on Friday.

Eagles from Maryland Helping to Establish Population in Vermont
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

A circling bald eagle overhead is the only sign there are babies in the nest 65 feet up a loblolly pine tree. Biologist Craig Koppie isn't sure what he'll find in the nest until he climbs, peers inside and shouts down the good news -- "Triplets!"

Japan Tries to Cut Down on Plastic Bags
June 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Hiroko Tabuchi, Associated Press

The mega-packaging keeps your food hot, your drink cool and your newspaper clean, but environmentalists say it also creates a mountain of plastic waste that fouls the air, pollutes the oceans and contributes to global warming.

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