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Groups Fight U.S. Plan to Kill Prairie Dogs
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Judith Crosson, Reuters

Eight conservation groups are fighting the U.S. government over a plan to poison thousands of prairie dogs in the grasslands of South Dakota, saying wildlife should not take a backseat to ranching interests.

Spotted Owl Seen Declining In Northwest
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Fourteen years after coming under federal protection, the northern spotted owl continues on the decline in the Pacific Northwest, a study shows.

Flightless New Zealand Icon Claws Back from Brink
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Melanie Carroll, Reuters

An imaginative plan and a dose of national guilt could save New Zealand's flightless icon, the once abundant kiwi, from extinction.

Illegal Ivory Easy to Get Online
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

In a practice that goes virtually unchecked, a new analysis suggests customers are buying, with a mouse-click, what appear to be illegal new ivory trinkets by thousands.

Canadian Whale Speared by Cruise Ship
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

It wasn't until the U.S. cruise ship had pulled into port in Atlantic Canada that those on board made a gruesome discovery -- the body of a large whale was impaled on the vessel's bow.

Suburban Sprawl Linked to Chronic Ailments
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Warning: Suburban sprawl may be hazardous to your health. A report released Monday found that people who live in sprawling metropolitan areas are more likely to report chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, arthritis, headaches and breathing difficulties than residents of more compact cities.

JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

Organic farming sounds simple —no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically engineered plants. But succeeding at it can be complicated. A recent wave of research at universities around the country seeks to take some of the guesswork and financial uncertainty out of the practice.

Chile Groups Say Tainted Salmon Could Be Sold
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Ignacio Badal, Reuters

A cargo of farmed Chilean salmon tainted with a potentially harmful toxin and rejected for import in Europe has returned to Chile and could be re-exported to a country with less stringent laws, consumer and environmental groups warned.

Bellingham, Wash., Vehicle Institute Works to Develop 'Biogas'-powered Car
September 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Kristi Heim, The Seattle Times

Eric Leonhardt knows how many cows there are in Whatcom County (66,000). But it's not the cows that interest him; it's the manure.

Japan Official Orders Kansai Electric Power Co. to Shut Down Nuclear Reactor
September 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Shoichi Nakagawa on Monday ordered Kansai Electric Power Co. to suspend operation of the No. 3 reactor at its Mihama Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture until the reactor is confirmed to meet government standards, following Japan's most deadly nuclear power plant accident in August.

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