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Let the Real Climate Debate Begin
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter H. Gleick, The Pacific Institute

(By Peter H. Gleick) The global warming debate is over — the Earth is warming because of human activities. So say 11 National Academies of Science from around the world together with virtually all of the world’s climate scientists, California Governor Schwarzenegger, and even most of major oil companies. And the American people, by an overwhelming majority, believe it’s time to take action. Yet the facts about the sound science of climate change have been obfuscated by a tiny band of determined, vocal, and well-funded contrarians, with oil company support, the help of political editors of scientific reports inside the White House, and now politicians meddling with independent science.

Scientists Find Antarctic Has Strong Ecosystem
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

An expansive ecosystem of knee-high mud volcanoes, snowy microbial mats and flourishing clam communities lies beneath the collapsed Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica, say researchersThe discovery made in February in a deep glacial trough in the northwestern Weddell Sea was detailed this week in Eos, the weekly newspaper of the American Geophysical Union.

Arkansas Poultry Farmers Say Lawsuit over Chicken Waste Could Doom Industry
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Kelly Kurt, Associated Press

Poultry farmer Gene Pharr scoffs at the thought of chicken droppings as hazardous waste. Poultry waste spread along the Ozark Mountains has turned the region into a lush green, he says. And chickens have made this corner of Arkansas truly prosperous.

An Unlikely Alliance for Renewable Energy Plan
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Minor, Chicago Tribune

In a rare show of agreement, environmentalists joined utility executives Tuesday in praising an Illinois plan to generate more electricity from renewable sources, especially the wind.

American Biofuels is Expanding its Production Facility in Bakersfield
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

American Biofuels, which is 35% owned by Green Star Products, Inc., announced today its decision to expand its biodiesel production facility in Bakersfield, California, to 10-million gallons per year before the end of 2005.

Toxic Algae Poisons More than 150 People on Italian Coast
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

More than 150 beach-goers required treatment in the northwestern town of Genoa for high fever and breathing problems after inhaling a toxin produced by a tropical algae, officials said Tuesday.

Population of Endangered Woodpecker Rises
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Elliott Minor, Associated Press

Working by flashlight in a Georgia pine forest, wildlife biologists carefully position nets over tree cavities 30 to 40 feet above ground. Soon there's a rustling in the darkness, and they manage to catch one red-cockaded woodpecker. Biologist Jim Cox then attaches aluminum leg bands that will help track the bird's movements.

Britain to Build New Base for Scientific Research in the Antarctic
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Britain plans replace its aging scientific research station in the Antarctic with a structure on skis so that it can move away from dangerous ice, officials said Tuesday. It will use renewable energy sources and improved methods of handling waste.

Class-Action Lawsuit being Filed against DuPont over Teflon Chemical Risks
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A $5 billion class-action lawsuit is being filed against DuPont Co. saying the chemical giant long failed to warn consumers on the dangers of a Teflon chemical.

Canada Planes to Monitor Arctic for Ship Pollution
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Canadian spotter planes will for the first time start monitoring Arctic waters for illegal discharges of waste by ships which could damage the region's delicate environment, officials said Tuesday.

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