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All We are is Farms in the Wind: Umbra Opines on Wind Farms
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

Wind turbines have been getting a bum rap in certain circles of late, for grinding up birds and such. Do the critics have a point, asks a concerned reader, or are they just NIMBY whiners who should be grateful for the spread of a clean, green form of energy? The ever-sagacious Umbra Fisk weighs in -- today on the Grist Magazine website.

Rats Killed and Tons of Waste Removed in Rare Cleanup of Kenya's Main Market
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Workers at Kenya's main market killed some 6,000 rats, trucked away 750 tons (680 metric tons) of garbage and sucked 70 tons (64 metric tons) of human waste out of latrines in three days of the first major cleanup of the market in 30 years, an official said.

Carolinas Work to Make Coastal Protection Plans' Recommendations Reality
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Brock Vergakis, The Sun News

The Carolinas are starting the new year with expanded blueprints for protecting their coastal environments and the billions of dollars in revenue from fisheries and tourism that come along with it.

Chileans Upset over Dead Swans, Some Blame Pulp Mill
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Katie Burford, Reuters

Emaciated black-necked swans have been falling from the sky here, alarming people in this scenic university town and setting off a national clamor.

Sierra Club Seeks to Stop Las Vegas Freeway Widening on Pollution Grounds
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Ken Ritter, Associated Press

In a case with broad national implications, the Sierra Club wants to stop the widening of a freeway in fast-growing Las Vegas until the government proves the health of people living nearby won't be harmed by the automobile exhaust.

Animals Across South Asia in Danger after Tsunami Muddies Water, Kills Owners
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Miranda Leitsinger, Associated Press

The tsunami that pounded South Asia last week has created a second tier of victims: animals.

Electric Vehicle Converts Happy to Avoid Pumps, Accept Cars' Limitations
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Popely, Chicago Tribune

When Ted Lowe tallies how much he has shelled out for gasoline this year, he gets a knot in his stomach.

Elders' Sea Knowledge Spares Some Thais
January 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Knowledge of the ocean and its currents passed down from generation to generation of a group of Thai fishermen known as the Morgan sea gypsies saved an entire village from the Asian tsunami, a newspaper said Saturday.

Thousands of Seals at Home in New England
January 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Walsh, Associated Press

It's a sight New Englanders aren't entirely used to seeing: thousands of seals swimming through the Long Island Sound or hauling out to Maine, where they like to have their pups.

EcoVillage Provides Challenge, Support
January 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Melissa Mansfield, Associated Press

When Laura Beck and Greg Pitts realized their marriage was falling apart, one thing was clear: They would work together to maintain a loving, supportive environment for their young son, Ethan. In June 2002, the couple had moved from Austin, Texas, to EcoVillage at Ithaca, an "intentional community" in central New York where environmentally friendly neighbors share space, meals, chores and generally look out for each other.

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