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Environmental Group Slams Indonesian Plan for Huge Plantation in Heart of Borneo Forest
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Indonesia's proposal to build the world's largest palm oil plantation along its border with Malaysia would have a devastating impact on forests, wildlife and the local population, an environmental group warned Monday.

Los Angeles Area Plans To Use Sensors, Cameras To Record Cars' Pollution Emissions
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sensors and video cameras on Southern California freeways could begin recording pollutants spewing from tailpipes by early next year as part of a program to reduce pollution levels in the smoggiest region of the United States.

U.S. Marines Use Donkeys To Go Places Their Humvees and Other Modern Vehicles Cannot
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Daniel Cooney, Associated Press

Frustrated with the limitations of using its fleet of modern Humvee four-wheel-drives in rugged mountains with few roads, a battalion of U.S. Marines has enlisted a mode of transport used for centuries by Afghan villagers -- donkeys.

China to Build Offshore Wind Power Complex
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

China plans to construct its first offshore wind power complex next year in hopes of easing chronic electricity shortages, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday. The complex, to be built in the Bohai Sea off the northern province of Hebei, is designed to have a generating capacity of 1 million kilowatts when completed in 2020, Xinhua said.

Engineers Modify Hybrid Cars To Get Up To 250 MPG
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

Politicians and automakers say a car that can both reduce greenhouse gases and free America from its reliance on foreign oil is years or even decades away. Ron Gremban says such a car is parked in his garage.

Supreme Court Candidate No Stranger to Environmental Law, Politics
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Supreme Court nominee John Roberts once offered the National Mining Association some unpaid advice on how to intervene in other people's court cases. Two years later he was hired by the group to argue against a citizens group trying to stop coal companies from shearing off the tops of West Virginia's mountains.

Oil Leases Endanger Wildlife, Coalition Says
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Wesley Loy, Anchorage Daily News

An 11-state organization that helps manage migratory birds is urging federal land managers to back off a plan to expand oil and gas leasing on the tundra north of Teshekpuk Lake in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Hatching New Horizons
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Gene Zaleski, The Times and Democrat

It occupies about 250 acres land in the Orangeburg area, but Orangeburg Fish Hatchery manager Willie Booker describes the federally supported entity as a 'well kept secret needing to be released.' "Our vision is to continue to make the hatchery a part of the community," Booker said. "That is what we have been striving for."

Rising Fuel Costs Drive Oregon Trucking Company to Biodiesel
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Greg Stiles, Mail Tribune

Everyone in the trucking industry is talking -- make that complaining -- about rising diesel costs. Cross Creek Trucking owner Mike DeSimone says he's doing something about it. The trucking executive has pondered switching his fleet of 100 refrigerated trucks to biodiesel fuel over the past three or four years.

Environmental, Labor, Agriculture Leaders Call for Expanded Ethanol Use in California
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Today a diverse group of environmentalists, labor, agricultural and other leaders praised the opening of California's first large-scale ethanol plant and urged more production and use of ethanol in the state.

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