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Rare Asian Black-Tailed Gull Found in Vt.
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Rathke, Associated Press

When Julie Hart went down to the Charlotte beach last Tuesday she was in search of a strong cell phone signal, not birds. But while scanning the water for loons, geese and other migrating water birds, Hart noticed a darker gull among the typical ring-billed gulls on Lake Champlain.

NASA Scraps Plan to Wrap Hanger in Panels
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

NASA has scrapped plans to wrap a decommissioned hangar in solar panels after a contractor deemed the project impractical. NASA said the panels would not generate enough energy to justify the $40 million cost of installing them.

EU Plans Temporary Import Ban of Pet Birds
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Smith, Reuters

EU veterinary experts will soon discuss plans to ban imports of live captive and pet birds, another measure to prevent the spread of bird flu within the European Union, the EU's health chief said on Monday.

Using Sun and Earth To Survive in Harsh Eritrea
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Harris, Reuters

Deforestation is a major threat to Africa's vulnerable communities. An international report said earlier this year that desertification, caused in part by widespread deforestation, threatens to drive millions from their homes.

Galapagos Volcano Erupts for Third Day
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press

A volcano on the largest of the Galapagos Islands erupted for the third straight day Tuesday, but experts said it didn't threaten villagers on the island or the super-sized tortoises that gave the remote archipelago its name.

Study Says Commercial Fishing Threatens Species in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

Commercial fishing has sharply depleted numbers of several species in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and threatens the health of the pristine island chain's ecosystem, according to a private study released Monday.

Ontario Orders Evacuation of Residents of E. Coli-Stricken Reserve
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

About 1,000 residents of a remote northern Ontario Indian reserve will be evacuated this week after authorities said the drinking water was showing dangerously elevated levels of potentially deadly E. coli, Ontario's minister for aboriginal affairs said Tuesday.

Scientists Draft Blueprint To Protect World Oceans
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Byrnes, Reuters

International scientists are mapping out a plan for a network of marine parks to save the world's oceans from fish stock depletion and growing pollution.

Wal-Mart Launches Environmental Drive To Cut Energy Use, Waste
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Marcus Kabel, Associated Press

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. unveiled an environmental plan Tuesday to boost energy efficiency, reduce waste and trim greenhouse gases as part of a wider effort to address issues where it has been pummeled by critics.

Activists Allege Army Distorted Truth about Nerve Agent Disposal
October 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Callahan, Associated Press

Activists in six states have accused the Army of distorting facts about the disposal of waste from the destruction of a deadly nerve agent stockpiled in western Indiana.

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