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Deluge Deadly for Southern California's Dairy Cows
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

The record rains in Southern California have done heavy damage to the dairy industry, killing or sickening cows and leaving herds udder-deep in mud and cold water.

New Hampshire Nature Center Wants Snowmobile Ban
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Erik Stetson, Associated Press

Snowmobiling is big business in New Hampshire's rural North Country, so it's no wonder the state has been trying to lure riders this winter with a new trail.

Panelists Decry Bush Science Policies
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Recer, Associated Press

The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush administration, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting.

Bush, Schroeder to Make Pledges on Climate Change, Official Says
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Tony Czuczka, Associated Press

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and U.S. President George W. Bush were expected to make pledges on efficient energy use and combating air pollution at their meeting Wednesday in Germany, a government official said.

Wisconsin Group Complains to USDA of Dairy Organic Rules Violations
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Dennis Pollock, Associated Press

A Wisconsin advocacy group has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture saying that the Case Vander Eyk Dairy near Pixley has violated national organic rules that require pasture feeding of cows.

Up to 11 Wilderness Areas Could Join National Forest
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Steelhammer, The Charleston Gazette

As many as 11 and as few as zero new wilderness areas will be recommended for inclusion in the Monongahela National Forest, according to a recently released draft of an updated management plan for the 910,000-acre forest.

Umbra on Renting Hybrids and Sharing Cars
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

A reader asks advice guru Umbra Fisk where she can rent a hybrid. Turns out it's not as easy as one might like, though the option is spreading. But Umbra's got another suggestion for how city dwellers can drive a hybrid without buying one. Learn about car sharing, the hippest trend in urban living -- in Ask Umbra, today on the Grist Magazine website.

Ex-Wildlife Manager Agrees to Pay Fine
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A former federal wildlife manager who says he moved about 400 protected tadpoles from a backyard pond to a refuge for their own safety has agreed to pay a $3,500 fine to avoid a criminal charge.

Bird Flu in Flies No Threat to Animals or Humans, Expert Says
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Flies can carry the bird flu virus which has killed 46 people in Asia but there is no evidence they can spread the killer disease to other animals or humans, an animal health expert said on Wednesday.

Study Blames 20,000 Deaths a Year on Diesel Exhaust
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press

Emissions from old diesel engines cause more than 20,000 Americans a year to die sooner than they would have otherwise, an environmental group estimated Tuesday.

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