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Herring are Depleted, but Not 'Endangered'
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Gordon, The News Tribune

Federal officials say they don't have the authority to extend Endangered Species Act protection to a dramatically shrinking stock of herring, an important food source for Puget Sound salmon, marine mammals and sea birds.

Mexican Volcano Rumbles Back to Life
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

The Volcano of Fire has rumbled back to life with its strongest eruptions in 20 years, spewing lava and ash clouds that had some residents who remained in their homes Wednesday casting nervous glances at the peak.

Fishing Nets Kill 1,000 Marine Mammals Daily
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Almost 1,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die daily in fishing nets and urgent changes are needed in trawling methods to save nine populations under immediate threat, conservation group WWF said on Thursday.

Survey Concludes Scientific Misbehavior Is Common
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press

It's not the stuff of headlines, like fraud. But more mundane misbehavior by scientists is common enough that it may pose an even greater threat to the integrity of science, a new report asserts.

Avoiding Health Risks from PBDEs -- An ENN Commentary
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Joyce Newman, The Green Guide

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.

Head of U.N.'s Food Agency Praises Blair's Africa Plan
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Mattias Karen, Associated Press

The director-general of the United Nations' food agency on Wednesday praised British Prime Minister Tony Blair for pushing G-8 nations to help eradicate debt and famine in African countries, but said more aid was needed.

Border Patrol Horses Get Special Feed that Helps Protect Desert Ecosystem
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur H. Rotstein, Associated Press

Horses are crucial to the U.S. Border Patrol's enforcement efforts, especially in remote and rugged terrain. But what goes into the animals also comes out. And their droppings if they're eating hay can introduce alfalfa and unfamiliar weeds into the environmentally sensitive desert.

Coalition Urges UN Curbs on Harmful Ocean Sounds
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

An environmental coalition urged the United Nations Wednesday to take steps to protect whales, dolphins and other marine life from the powerful sound waves used in oil and gas exploration and by the world's navies to navigate and detect submarines.

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.

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