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EarthTalk: What Is the Roadless Rule?
November 1, 2004 12:00 AM - the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

The U.S. Forest Service manages America’s national forests for “multiple uses,” not just recreation and preservation. And over the past 50 years, one of those primary “uses” has been resource extraction, whereby taxpayer-subsidized leases have been granted to logging, mining, and energy companies so they can remove and sell timber, ore, oil, and gas.

Outrage at Seal Hunt Tourism Is Nonsense, Says Norway
November 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Inger Sethov, Reuters

Foreign outrage at a Norwegian plan to let tourists go on seal-shooting trips is mostly "emotional nonsense," a senior official said recently.

Kyoto Is Too Little to Fix Warming, Says U.N. Climate Chief
November 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Although saved recently with Russian help, the Kyoto pact on global warming offers too little to arrest climate change and governments should adopt more radical solutions, the top U.N. climate expert said.

Southern California Dam Outlives Its Usefulness, But Removing It Presents a Costly Challenge
November 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

The Matilija Dam isn't much of a dam anymore; on rainy days, it looks more like a waterfall. A pile of sediment has built up so high behind the dam that when just an inch of rain falls, water spills over in glistening cascades.

High Tech Buildings Use Sunlight, Sea Water to Save Energy
November 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Ellen Simon, Associated Press

At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the lights are controlled by sensors that measure sunlight. They dim immediately when it's sunny and brighten when a passing cloud blocks the Sun.

Toyota's Hybrid Car Sales Total 280,000
November 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp.'s cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles amounted to 282,315 units at the end of September, Executive Vice President Ryuji Araki said Monday.

Hybrid Vehicle Demand Up Sharply in Georgia and Nationwide
October 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Linda S. Morris, The Macon Telegraph, Ga.

With gas prices hovering around $2 a gallon and government regulators trying to control emissions, hybrid vehicles may be the way to travel.

Chevrolet's Hybrid Pickup is New Model at Tampa, Fla., Auto Show
October 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Alan Snel, Tampa Tribune, Fla.

Stroll near this truck at the Tampa Bay International Auto Show and you'll find it hard to keep walking by.

Columbia, Md.-Based Chemical Firm Faces Probe Concerning Asbestos Contamination
October 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Stacey Hirsh, The Baltimore Sun

W.R. Grace & Co., the Columbia-based chemical company, said yesterday that it is being investigated by a federal grand jury in connection with asbestos contamination in a small Montana town where it once operated.

Alaska Gas Pipeline Gaining Momentum, But Investors Still Worry About Risks
October 30, 2004 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer

A 3,500-mile pipeline to deliver natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to the fuel-hungry Midwest is suddenly more than a pipe dream.

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