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Bush Plan to Sell Public Lands Assailed
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Noelle Straub, Montana Standard

Forest Service officials and Western lawmakers battled Tuesday over an administration proposal that would sell national forest lands to help pay for a rural schools program, as the vital 30-day public comment period began.

EPA Plans Cuts in Benzene, Other Air Toxics for Cars, Fuel, Containers
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The government wants better built fuel cans, cleaner-starting engines in cold temperatures and a nearly 40 percent cut in benzene in gasoline to cut air toxics associated with gasoline.

Refilling Old Mines May Be Acceptable to Dispose of Coal Ash
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Using old mines may be an acceptable way to dispose of the ash from burning coal, but the process needs better monitoring, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

New U.S. Crop Seeks to Replace Imported Oils
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Harriet McLeod, Reuters

A small North Carolina-based specialty crops company is trying to turn a humble wildflower into a major new oilseed crop that could produce an alternative to coconut and palm oils.

Cape Verde: Tourism or Turtles?
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Olivier van Bogaert, WWF International

Every year, from late May to September, more than 3,000 loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) come ashore on Cape Verde’s beaches, particularly at Ervatao beach, the third most important loggerhead nesting site in the world.

EPA Proposes Allowing Ethanol Plants to Emit More Pollution
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

In an attempt to increase domestic production of alternative fuel sources, the Bush administration has proposed allowing ethanol plants to send more hazardous air pollutants into the air.

Computers Utilized for Quickly Checking Fish Mercury Levels
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Gwen Schoen, Sacramento Bee

Pacific Seafood, a wholesale distributor in California, has become the first seafood processor in the nation to offer its customers the option of testing the level of mercury in the fish they purchase.

Bio-Diesel Car Rental Opens in World's Car Capital
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A company offering rental cars powered entirely by bio-diesel set up shop in Los Angeles Tuesday, hoping to bring the aroma of popcorn and doughnuts to the city's smoggy freeways.

Norway's Electric-Car Maker Think Nordic Declared Bankrupt
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Think Nordic AS, the electric-car maker once owned by Ford, was declared bankrupt Tuesday after failing to meet wage and other payment obligations.

Illegal Loggers Clearing PNG's Forests, Report Says
March 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Illegal logging is destroying large areas of forest in Papua New Guinea despite a government crackdown and policies that regulate the practice, global environmental group Forest Trends said.

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