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Land Sale Bill Ignites Passions in American West
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

A Republican congressman under fire for crafting a bill to sell public land to mining interests defended his proposal Tuesday, saying it would ensure the viability of the mining industry and help develop the economies of rural communities.

National Recognition Could Help Attract Customers to Eco-Friendly Hilton
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Nelson, The Columbian

The towering windows, extensive woodwork and staircase in the lobby of the Hilton Vancouver Washington hotel tend to catch the eye of first-time visitors. But it is Hilton's unseen features that are earning the hotel recognition as a "green" building.

The Business of Salvaging Gadgets
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jenna Weisser, Daily Camera

As the holidays quickly approach, many people will find new electronic equipment high on their Christmas wish lists. But what should electronic gift recipients do with their old computers, stereos and televisions? Eco-Cycle and CompUSA have partnered up to answer that question -- as well as help the environment.

Scientist Finds Salamander Eats Bat Droppings
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

After two years of study in an isolated northeast Oklahoma cave, Jim Stout has discovered that a rare species of grotto salamander has a diet much different from what was expected.

Foot-Thumping Roo Tape Could Be Aussie Farmers Hit
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australian farmers could protect crops and property from mobs of wild kangaroos by scaring them off with the thumping sound of the animals' own large feet on the ground, a new study said.

Pacific Islanders Move To Escape Global Warming
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Rising seas have forced 100 people on a Pacific island to move to higher ground in what may be the first example of a village formally displaced because of modern global warming, a U.N. report said Monday.

Low Funding Slows Va. Oyster Restoration
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Limited federal funds and a dearth of baby oysters will slow efforts at restoring native oysters in Virginia's waters. While Congress recently approved just more than $1 million for the Army Corps of Engineers to pursue oyster restoration work in 2006, it is the smallest allocation since 2003.

Scientists Discover New Hydrothermal Vents
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Scientists exploring the world's sea floor have discovered new super-hot, mineral-rich geysers belching from the southern Atlantic, Arctic and Indian oceans.

Movie Star Leonardo DiCaprio To Produce Environmental Documentary
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

He showed up at the Oscars in a hybrid car and lobbied loudly for worldwide access to clean water. Now actor-activist Leonardo DiCaprio is making a documentary about global environmental issues. He has started production on "11th Hour," a feature-length film that explores global warming and offers solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems, publicist Keleigh Thomas said Monday.

On Beyond Organic: Junk Food in Hospitals?
December 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Does the image of a fast food restaurant in a school bother you? How does going out for a bacon double cheeseburger and some fries at your nearest children’s hospital sound? Astoundingly, 24 percent of pediatric hospitals in North America have a fast food outlet in them according to a recent study by Canadian health experts.

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