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Groups Cite Sprawl as Threat to 1,200 Rare Plants, Animals
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Urban sprawl is gobbling up open spaces in fast-growing metropolitan areas so quickly that it could spell extinction for nearly 1,200 species of plants and animals, environmental groups say.

Biotech Crop Harvest Comes Amid Discord
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

Farmers around the globe planting genetically engineered crops enjoyed another bumper harvest last year even as political and financial pressure mounted from skeptical consumers in Europe and pockets of the United States, an industry-supported group said Wednesday.

A Tidal Wave of Lessons Learned -- an ENN Commentary
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Duane Silverstein

The environmental community has long proclaimed the importance of keeping mangrove forests and coral reefs intact as a means of buffering coastal villages against the impact of severe storms. Sadly, the recent tsunami has provided vivid and gruesome proof of how correct this warning was.

Environmentalists, Feds Face off over Wilderness Deal
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Sarche, Associated Press

Environmental groups asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to throw out a deal that removed environmental protections for millions of acres of potential wilderness areas around the country.

Ethanol Plant Proposed for Northampton, Pa., Site
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathy Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.

Northampton could become home to the first ethanol-producing plant on the East Coast.

Michigan Development Agency, Auto Executives Focus on Fuel-Cell Technology
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, Detroit Free Press

Michigan's role in developing fuel-cell technology for the future generation of cars and how to transform the region into the fuel-cell capital of the world were the topics at a panel discussion Wednesday sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Wind Energy Goes Mainstream in California
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Shikes, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.

AES Corp., a Virginia-based utility, said Tuesday that it plans to buy a company that operates 1,371 wind turbines near Palm Springs and employs about 100 people at an operations center there.

Neighbors to Los Angeles Landfills Seek Stricter Controls
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Kerry Cavanaugh, Daily News, Los Angeles

Granada Hills residents pushed on Wednesday for cleaner trash trucks, traffic relief and a host of other improvements before county officials approve plans to join the two Sunshine Canyon Landfill sites into one 415-acre megadump.

New Case of Mad Cow in Canada Raises New Concerns in Kansas, Elsewhere
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Phyllis Jacobs Griekspoor, The Wichita Eagle, Kan.

151As Canada reels from the discovery of a third case of mad cow disease — the second in two weeks — U.S. cattlemen and trade groups are divided over how the American industry and the U.S. government should react.

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