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For Sale, by Forest Service: Homes, Ranger Stations, Rec Areas
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Looking for a sweet home in Sweet Home? The Forest Service may have just the answer. Three houses in Sweet Home, a former logging town in Oregon's Willamette Valley, are for sale for $52,500, $69,000 and $78,000. The properties, built in the 1950s for workers in the Willamette National Forest, are no longer needed -- and frankly, the Forest Service could use the money.

Switzerland and the Wolf
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Schulman, WWF International

Looking for wolves in Switzerland is a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. Perhaps even harder as there are only a handful of them roaming throughout the country’s vast mountain ranges and alpine meadows made famous by the 19th century children’s classic, and later the popular television series, Heidi. But, for many living in the Swiss Alps, this is a handful too many.

Diesel Engine Companies Challenge Emission Rules from California Air Pollution Regulators
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Diesel engine manufacturers went to court Friday to try to block stricter pollution standards set to take effect in a week, arguing state regulators reneged on a $1 billion legal settlement in 1998.

Colombia Coca Crop Spraying Not Harmful, Study Reveals
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The largest scientific investigation yet into the health effects of Colombia's program of spraying illegal coca crops, the raw material for cocaine, has concluded that the chemicals used do not harm either humans or the environment.

Massachusetts Democrat Takes Aim at Energy Bill
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press

The energy bill that passed the House on Thursday will raise gasoline prices and subsidize oil companies but fail to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil, Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said Saturday.

New Nukes? No Thanks. -- An ENN Commentary
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Clarke, Earth Island Institute

James Lovelock, the British scientist best known for his co-authorship of the Gaia hypothesis, has turned heads recently with searing essays exhorting environmentalists to drop their opposition to nuclear power. An odd opinion for an environmental icon? Not from Lovelock's perspective.

Colorado Wildlife Agency Says Feds Underestimated Effects of Drilling on Prized Plateau
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

A draft federal report on gas drilling on a prized 3,000-foot high plateau underestimates the potential impact on wildlife, ignores science and lacks enough details to make predictions, state wildlife managers say.

World Bank Says Polluted Air, Water a Growing Health Threat in East Asian Cities
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rapid urbanization is causing water and air pollution that poses an increasing threat to the health of people in East Asia's booming cities, the World Bank said Friday, citing two new reports on the environment.

Bush, Canceling Earth Day Visit to the Smokies, Pushes for 'Clear Skies' Legislation
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Heavy storms and high winds blocked President Bush's Earth Day plan to get his hands dirty fixing trails. He missed Great Smoky Mountains National Park but still delivered his plea for better stewardship of the environment.

California Town's Water Tainted by Perchlorate; 36 States Face Contamination
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

Like dozens of other towns nationwide, this working-class suburb is facing an emerging threat of uncertain dimensions -- a chemical used in rocket fuel and defense manufacturing that has befouled nearly half its drinking water supply.

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