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Arsenic-Eating Fern Holds Hope for Tainted Soils
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Gordon, The News Tribune

State pollution fighters planted a small patch of pitiful-looking plants inside a wire cage in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park and labeled them poison. The 100 subtropical ferns inside the test plot near Fort Nisqually are part of a two-year, $30,000 experiment in pollution control that began in April on Vashon and Maury islands.

Venezuela Targets Another Farm of UK Cattle Rancher
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Venezuelan authorities will take over another farm run by British meat producer Vestey Group, its third property targeted under President Hugo Chavez's land reforms, officials said.

Group Sets Benchmarks To Evaluate Boston Harbor's Health
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, The Boston Globe

For decades, Boston Harbor's environmental health was measured by how much raw sewage floated in it. Now, as a 20-year, $4 billion harbor cleanup enters its final stage, its well-being will be measured by populations of fish, numbers of days the water is swimmable, and eel grass quality, among other standards set by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.

Senate Agrees to Energy Tax Package
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Industry groups and environmentalists lobbied hard to sway lawmakers' votes Monday as the Senate prepared for a major challenge to President Bush's global warming policy as part of emerging energy legislation.

Sierra Nevada Growth To Bring More Congestion, Development, Report Says
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

The population of the Sierra Nevada could triple in the next 35 years, threatening many of the mountain range's Gold Rush-era towns with sprawl, gridlock and pollution, according to a report released Tuesday.

Wildlife Crowds Around Arctic Telescope
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

To examine data on the universe's earliest stars and galaxies from a balloon-launched telescope, scientists had to fend off earthly creatures in the Canadian Arctic.

Dog Stew Diners Puzzled by Fuss over Whale Meat
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Waitress Pak Suk-kyun brings a bowl of dog stew to a table of hungry South Korean men and wonders why people are making such a fuss about eating whale meat at an international conference down the road.

Pro-Whaling Countries Gear Up for Vote on Limited Commercial Hunts
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Kelly Olsen, Associated Press

Countries that oppose the two-decade moratorium on commercial whale hunts fought for the upper hand at an annual whaling meeting Tuesday after early setbacks, pushing a proposal to back limited, for-profit hunts.

Alaska Natives Push for More Toxin Studies
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Alaska Natives have seen runny bone marrow in moose and caribou, and lesions and parasites in fish -- and that makes Shawna Larson wonder if toxic chemicals in these traditional foods are making people sick, too.

Greenpeace Gives Golden Chainsaw to Brazil Tycoon
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazilian agriculture tycoon Blairo Maggi, the world's largest soy producer, has been voted winner of environmental group Greenpeace's first Golden Chainsaw award for contributing to Amazon destruction.

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