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Farmers Forced to Find Alternatives to Traditional Crops for Livelihood
April 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Linda McNatt, The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Virginia and North Carolina farmers are struggling as two of their major cash crops -- tobacco and peanuts -- disappear from the landscape due to declining markets and low prices.

Farmers Feel Bite as Rising Fuel Prices Push Fertilizer Costs Up
April 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Clayton, Omaha (NE) World-Herald

Farmers applying fertilizer in advance of planting this year have encountered sticker shock.

Ford Motor Co. to Prepare Climate Risk Report
April 4, 2005 12:00 AM -

As a result of a shareholder resolution filed with the Ford Motor Co., the country's second largest automaker has announced it will issue a first-of-its-kind comprehensive report later this year.

Monterey Aquarium Releases White Shark
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Fordahl, Associated Press

A great white shark that survived far longer than any other in captivity was returned to the wild Thursday because it was growing too large and had begun preying on other fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in One New York Deer
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Randi Fabi, Reuters

The first case of chronic wasting disease outside the U.S. Midwest or Rocky Mountain region was confirmed in a white-tailed deer in New York State, the state's agriculture department said on Thursday.

Solar and Wind Units Bring Energy to Navajos
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today

A Laguna Pueblo designer of solar and wind energy components is bringing lights and refrigeration for the first time to 50 homes in the eastern portion of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico.

Damage to Coral Reefs on Indian Government's Radar
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Chandrika Mago, The Times of India

The threat of a second tsunami in three months proved an empty one but the country still has to wrestle with the ecological damage wrought by the first one.

Colorado Pushes Lynx Habitat Rule Changes
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press

Citing the success of a six-year, $2.5 million state program to transplant the endangered lynx from Canada, state officials want the federal government to lift land use restrictions designed to protect the cat's habitat.

Tsunami Salt Damage Not As Severe, Group Says
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Grant Peck, Associated Press

The contamination of soil by salt water -- a potentially serious effect from December's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami -- has been less severe than originally expected, agricultural experts said Thursday.

Dandruff, Fur, Pollen Affect Atmosphere, Study Reveals
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Bits of pollen, leaf fragments and even dandruff from people and animals make up a significant portion of dusty stuff in the atmosphere but have been ignored by climate modelers, German researchers said Thursday.

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