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Noxious Alien Weed Flourishing in South
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Graczyk, Associated Press

One biologist compares the persistent green weed to "The Blob," the title character in the 1950s sci-fi classic flick that grows and grows and consumes everything in its path.

Wildfires Pose Danger to Desert Tortoise
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Alden, Associated Press

Wildfires burning in the Southwest are threatening federally protected desert tortoises, further stressing a species that already has lost much of its population to drought.

Shellfishermen in Massachsetts Return to Work after Red Tide Restrictions Eased
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Pitta, Associated Press

Shellfishermen headed back to the flats off several Massachusetts towns Friday after a toxic red tide receded and the state reopened shellfish beds for the first time in five weeks.

Rescuers Save 354 Train Passengers Neck-Deep in Water as Indian Floods Displace 500,000
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Neelesh Misra, Associated Press

Rescuers saved all 354 passengers who were trapped for days in a train that had slowly filled with flood water to neck height, officials said Saturday as raging monsoons continued to submerge vast swaths of Indian countryside and forced the evacuation of half a million people.

It's a Good Year for Right Whale Calving
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

This is one of the best years in recent memory for right whale calving, with 28 mother-calf pairs sighted so far, government biologists say.

London Hikes Congestion Charge to Force More Cars off the Streets
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Sarah Blaskovich, Associated Press

The cost of driving in central London is going up. Hoping to drive even more cars off the road, the capital is raising its "congestion charge" to eight pounds (US$14.16, euro11.80) on Monday, up from the previous five pounds (US$8.85, euro7.32). Drivers who pay for a month or more in advance get a 15 percent discount.

Japan Coast Guard Investigates Strange Water Vapor Plume at Sea Near Iwo Jima
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A mysterious column of water vapor that shot a kilometer (3,300 feet) into the sky from the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima was likely caused by an underwater volcanic eruption, and ships should avoid the area, Japanese officials said on Sunday.

Amazon Officials Work to Protect Biological Riches in Brazil
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press

Amazon nations must protect the region's riches and knowledge from "biopirates" seeking to patent the rainforest's biological riches, an Ecuadorean official said Friday.

Nations Agree to Cuts in Ozone-Depleting Pesticide
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A group of 189 developed nations, including the United States, have agreed to cut use of a pesticide that depletes the ozone layer.

A Second Chance -- A Guest Commentary
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - John Flicker, National Audubon Society

At first some of us didn’t know how to react to the rediscovery of an ivory-billed woodpecker in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. After all, we environmentalists aren’t used to such good news. I thought about former Audubon president John Baker, and wished he were still alive to see this miraculous event. In 1942 he led a desperate effort to stop the Chicago Mill and Lumber Company from cutting down the bottomland forest in Louisiana where the last ivory-bill had been seen. Chicago Mill and Lumber refused, the trees were cut, and Baker watched what everyone thought was the last bird disappear.

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