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Bush Seeks $867 Million Budget for Forest Thinning
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Bush administration will ask Congress to increase funding to $867 million in fiscal year 2006 for a plan to help reduce the risk of wildfires in federal forests, a senior administration official said Thursday.

500 Hours Achieved in Biomass Power Generation
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

An Osaka-based company on Friday succeeded in generating electricity with biomass fuels for 500 consecutive hours, one of the longest records in the world, at a test facility in Yamaguchi City, company officials said.

Florida Revisits Manatee Status
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Ludmilla Lelis, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

State wildlife officials took a jump Thursday toward potentially taking manatees off the endangered-species list, rejecting environmentalists' concerns that Florida's classification system is flawed.

Rare Plant Nearly Wiped Out by Work Crew
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

One of California's rarest plants was nearly wiped out of existence when Marin County workers used a backhoe to clear a plugged roadside drain in the species' sole habitat.

Insurers Agree to $93 Million Settlement Over Hazardous Waste Site in California
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

California has won a $93 million settlement with 16 insurance companies over cleanup costs at a notorious hazardous waste site.

Lawmakers Float Plan for Underwater Logging
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Christina Siderius, The Seattle Times

A forest of old-growth trees is submerged in Lake Washington, perfectly preserved and possibly worth a small fortune. Under a bill proposed in the state Senate, this underwater timber could be harvested to raise money for the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington.

Group Claims Biotechs Don't Deliver on Promises
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

The biotechnology industry has failed to deliver on promises to revolutionize agriculture with plants genetically engineered to be healthier, drought resistant and tastier, a consumer interest group said Wednesday.

US Senate Panel May Deadlock on Utility Emissions
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters

A Senate panel fight over whether carbon dioxide should be included in a plan to limit pollutants emitted by U.S. utilities threatened on Wednesday to derail a Bush administration push for a bill this year.

Catastrophe Left Lasting Impact, and a Hope that People Don't 'Rebuild the Next One'
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

Weeks after the seas retreated, after the minutes of terror along hundreds of miles of coast, people on the rim of the Indian Ocean are emerging from their December morning's nightmare to a long, hard future of trying to recreate an obliterated past.

Climate Warming Spells Species Wipeout, Experts Say
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Whole species of animals from frogs to leopards, living in vulnerable areas and with nowhere else to go, face extinction due to global warming, scientists said on Wednesday.

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