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Caterpillars Becoming a Nuisance in Vermont
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Forest tent caterpillars have munched through thousands of acres of trees this year, but state officials don't expect the state's sugar maples to suffer any long term damage.

Firefighters Battle Forest Blaze in Southern Spain
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Firefighters and water-dropping aircraft renewed efforts Tuesday to douse fires that have burned about 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of forest in a national park in southern Spain.

Herbicide-Resistant Weed Plagues California
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Horseweed was once merely a nuisance to farmers. Now, it's becoming a full-blown nightmare worthy of an agricultural horror flick: scientists in California have found clusters of the weed that are resistant to scores of herbicides, leaving farmers to fight an increasingly formidable and costly foe.

Canadian National Railway May Face Charges Over Alberta Toxic Spill
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Allan Dowd, Reuters

Alberta is eyeing charges against Canadian National Railway for not telling it that a derailment last week might have contaminated a popular lake with a hazardous chemical, a provincial government official said Tuesday.

Sierra Club Honors Three Members of a Mexican Forest Group
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - John Rice, Associated Press

A major U.S. environmental group on Tuesday honored three Mexican forest defenders for risking their lives and liberty to battle rampant logging in the mountains of Guerrero state.

EPA Proposing Radiation Exposure Limits at Yucca Mountain for One Million Years
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Conceding there's no way to know what life will be like in a million years, the Environmental Protection Agency nevertheless proposed limits Tuesday on how much radiation a person should be exposed to from a nuclear waste dump in that distant time.

Roundup Is Killing Off Amphibians, Ecologist Says
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Eric Hand, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Worldwide, amphibians are dying. And University of Pittsburgh ecologist Rick Relyea said he knows one way to kill them: Spray them with a little Roundup, the best-selling weed killer from St. Louis-based Monsanto.

Tiny Uruguay Pressed by Neighbor to Halt Pulp Mills
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Louise Egan, Reuters

Gualeguaychu used to be a sleepy Argentine town. That was before two European companies decided to build some of the world's largest pulp mills on its doorstep in neighboring Uruguay. Now it's a hotbed of protest as farmers, ecologists and politicians fearing the mills will lead to acid rain and a stench reminiscent of rotten eggs have taken to the streets to block the projects.

Poachers Massacre Protected Turtles on Mexico Beach
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Alistair Bell, Reuters

Mexican poachers bludgeoned and chopped some 80 protected Olive Ridley sea turtles to death for their eggs, believed to be an aphrodisiac, and left their shells scattered on a Pacific beach.

New Federal Law Offers Tax Credits for Energy-Efficient Purchases
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Sudeep Reddy, The Dallas Morning News

The energy bill won't lower the cost of your fill-up anytime soon. And it probably won't cut the nation's dependence on foreign oil. But through tax breaks and other subsidies, the legislation that President Bush signed into law Monday encourages conservation and the development of emerging energy technologies.

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