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Smallest Creatures in Ocean Hold Valuable Secrets
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Mudeva, Reuters

Meet the smallest creature in the world's oceans: the humble microbe. It provides the planet with oxygen and helps combat global warming. A staggering number of the single-celled organisms live in the oceans which cover two-thirds of the globe, yet not enough is known about the role they play in the planet's health.

Forest Service Says Court Order Stops Capitol Christmas Tree, Other Projects
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

From cutting the Capitol Christmas tree to minor forest thinning, the U.S. Forest Service has put hundreds of small projects across the country on hold while it reviews a judge's ruling throwing out limits on the public's right to participate in forest decisions.

Levees Fixed, but City Still at Risk
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Ted Gregory, Chicago Tribune

The last of the brown, festering stew that invaded New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was being pumped back into the Industrial Canal this weekend. The breached levees that allowed all that water to rush into the city's most impoverished and low-lying neighborhoods are fixed. For now.

Los Angeles Fire Seen Fully Contained by Monday
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Firefighters have the upper hand on a wildfire on the outskirts of Los Angeles that has burned 24,000 acres and they expect to have it fully contained by Monday evening, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Saturday.

Wildlife Effects of West's Gas Boom Still Unknown with More Development Looming
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

The debate over what energy development is doing to wildlife is raging throughout the Rockies, where some of the nation's richest gas deposits lie under prime wildlife habitat.

New-Car Smell Emerges as Auto Safety Issue with Japanese Makers Toning Down the Fumes
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Hans Greimel, Associated Press

Anyone who's pulled away from the dealer's lot in a shiny, new sedan knows the seductive scent of fresh plastic, paint and upholstery that evokes a rush of pride and consumer satisfaction. But that unmistakable new-car smell may soon be heading the way of the rumble seat: recent research linking it to a toxic cocktail of harmful chemicals is spurring efforts by Japanese automakers to tone down the fumes.

Louisiana Ecological Harm Called Unprecedented
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, Boston Globe

The environmental damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita is unparalleled in its scope and variety, scientists say, with massive oil spills blanketing marshes, sediment smothering vast fishing grounds, and millions of gallons of raw sewage scattered in New Orleans and along the 400-mile Louisiana coast.

Forest Service Says Court Order Stops Capitol Christmas Free, Other Projects
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

From cutting the Capitol Christmas tree to minor forest thinning, the U.S. Forest Service has put hundreds of small projects across the country on hold while it reviews a judge's ruling throwing out limits on the public's right to participate in forest decisions.

Extracting Oil From Shale Complex Process
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Foy, Associated Press

Out in sagebrush country, Kenneth Brown is standing over part of the world's most concentrated energy resource, land that holds up to 1 million barrels of oil per acre. Too bad it's locked up in layers of rock in some places hundreds of feet underground.

Furniture Builders Aim Beyond Birkenstocks
October 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Julia O'Malley, The Oregonian

In a dusty warehouse off Southeast Powell Boulevard, Lisa Grove, Stephen Becker and Tim Tracy have furniture dreams. Someday they'd like to deliver style and sustainability to the masses with a business like IKEA, only greener.

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