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Scientists Believe Insect Would Kill Coca Crops
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Molinski, Associated Press

A group of Colombian scientists believe they've found a way to wipe out cocaine production: unleash an army of hungry moth caterpillars. But critics of the proposal say the chance for "ecological mischief" is high.

Bush Administration Defends Former Oil Industry Advocate Who Changed Climate Reports
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The Bush administration said Wednesday that changes made in government reports on global warming by a former oil industry advocate were part of a normal interagency review and did not violate a pledge to base environmental policy on sound science.

Avoiding Health Risks from PBDEs
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Joyce H. Newman, The Green Guide

(By Joyce H. Newman) After widespread media coverage of the potentially toxic levels of the chemical, PDBE, recently measured in breast milk, in farmed salmon, and other fatty foods, we learned for the first time that American women hold the frightening distinction of having the highest levels of PBDEs in the world. In fact, according to recent estimates, women in the U.S. have as much as 10 times to 100 times the levels of women in Europe.

California Farmers Say Relief is Needed to Save Family Farms
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press

Edwin Camp has spent most of his life working on the family farm, tending potatoes, carrots and grapes in California's fertile Central Valley -- famously known as "America's salad bowl." But in recent years, he has logged less time in the fields and more days politicking against what he calls stringent labor and environmental laws threatening family farms.

U.S. Virgin Islands Government Sues Oil Refinery, Alumina Plant for Damaging Environment
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

The U.S. Virgin Islands filed suit Wednesday suing the Western Hemisphere's second largest oil refinery and a defunct alumina plant for allegedly releasing pollutants that tainted the groundwater and marine and coastal resources on St. Croix island.

MIT Looks to Help Solve World's Energy Woes
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Weisman, The Boston Globe

The amount of energy-related work at MIT could double over the next five years as the institute mounts a research effort to address the world's growing energy problems. The program comes at a time when energy demand and consumption are surging globally as China, India, and other developing countries build industrial economies.

Scientists Nudge Fish Closer to Extinction
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists trying to study the endangered Devils Hole pupfish near Death Valley inadvertently nudged the endangered fish closer to extinction.

Editorial: Ethanol Use as Fuel is Burning Money
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - David Nicklaus, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Popular or not, ethanol use as fuel is burning money. This won't be a popular position here in the Corn Belt, but I don't see any sense in requiring motorists to burn ethanol.

Montana to Fight Spread of Noxious Weeds
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Bob Anez, Associated Press

They infest a portion of Montana the size of Florida and Arkansas combined, and go by names like tansy ragwort, yellow toadflax and houndstongue. One species, knapweed, takes an estimated $42 million economic toll on the state every year.

U.S. Proposes Allowing Fish Farming up to 200 Miles off Coasts
June 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The Bush administration, seeking to tap into one of the world's fastest-growing food industries, wants to allow fish farming up to 200 miles off the nation's coasts. Citing pilot projects off New Hampshire, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, the administration said Tuesday it was sending a bill to Congress to establish regulations for fish farming, known as aquaculture.

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