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Elephants Pitch in to Clear Debris in Thailand's Tsunami-Affected Areas
January 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard Vogel, Associated Press

A year ago, they were filming battle scenes for the movie "Alexander." Now six elephants are pitching in to help with the massive cleanup from the tsunami that devastated many of Thailand's prime tourist destinations.

Large Gambian Rats Worry Florida Officials
January 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Epperson III, Key West Citizen

The Florida Keys, already dealing with invasive exotics from melaleuca to iguanas, have added another to the list of unwanted newcomers: the African Gambian pouch rat.

Newmont Mining Fights Shareholder Proposal Questioning Practices in Indonesia
January 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Raabe, The Denver Post

Newmont Mining seeks to quash a shareholder proposal that questions its gold-mining practices in Indonesia.

Brown Deer, Wis., Firm Finds Niche in Global Air Pollution Control
January 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

At a time when many Wisconsin companies are alarmed about business and technology being exported to Asia, a small Brown Deer firm is proving that it can compete overseas through contracts in Taiwan, Korea and China.

Religious Order Expands Mission to Include Environmental Justice
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Roman Catholic women's religious order has broadened its social justice mission to include environmental activism.

Strawberry Grower Elevates Crop with Greenhouse Effect
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - William R. Levesque, St. Petersburg Times

Truth be told, semiretirement in his late 40s was getting boring for Allen J. Williford. He and his wife lived on their 56-foot boat Blonde Moment in the Florida Keys. He played games on a laptop computer. He fished and swam.

Umbra Pinpoints the Top Things You Should Be Doing for the Planet
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

Unflagging research guru Umbra gets a lot of silly questions. We mean that in the nicest way, dear readers -- but honestly, the fate of the planet does not hinge on your decision about which solution you'll use to wash your fruit. A reader writes in to ask: Well, then, what does really matter? What are three or four things everybody should be doing? Umbra cuts to the chase on the Grist Magazine website.

U.N. Warns of Rural Flight by Tsunami Victims
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Phil Stewart, Reuters

Beyond the threat of disease and hunger, tsunami-struck southern Asia risks a rural exodus without swift emergency aid to rebuild agriculture, a U.N. official warned.

Rare Owl Attracts Gawkers in New York City's Central Park
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Derek Rose, Daily News

Forget Pale Male and Lola -- there's a new bird celebrity in town. Bird fanatics are flocking to a tree near Tavern on the Green in Central Park, hoping to catch a peek of an ultra-rare boreal owl.

Group Finds Six Lynx Kittens Born in Colorado
December 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

The year ended happily for state biologists with news that six more lynx kittens have been born to transplanted lynx in Colorado, bringing the total of newborns to 36 this year and 52 since a reintroduction program began in 1999.

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