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Canada's Mosquito Capital Seeks More Dragonflies
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Canadian city, besieged by voracious mosquitoes each summer, is trying to boost its dragonfly ranks amid hopes the larger flying insect will eat up the smaller blood-sucking pest.

Warming May Harm Africa's Sand Dune Fields
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Alexandra Zavis, Associated Press

Global warming could have a major impact on Africa's southern sand dune systems, spreading desert-like conditions and destroying the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people before the end of the century, new research warns.

Central California Fig Growers Fool Wasps to Grow Fruit
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Dennis Pollock, The Fresno Bee

When it comes to frustration, it would be hard to top the experience of a tiny wasp responsible for the production of what some say is the nation's tastiest fig. For decades, growers of figs in the Valley have been tricking the wasp and fooling Mother Nature in order to pollinate the flowers -- which are inside, not outside -- a certain variety of fig.

Review Board Finds EPA Downplayed Potential Risks of Chemical Used for Teflon
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Randall Chase, Associated Press

A controversial chemical used by DuPont Co. to make the nonstick substance Teflon poses more of a cancer risk than indicated in a draft assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency, an independent review board has found.

Reform Badly Needed in Fisheries Department -- A Guest Commentary
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation

The Economist magazine is not exactly known for having a particularly green image. So when the magazine turns its gaze to issues of environmental conservation, you can bet that there is either a serious environmental problem or a real political mess somewhere. In the case of Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), it's both.

Rebirth of Steeltowns is in the Eye of the Beholder
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Mandak, Associated Press

The nationwide economic boom of the 1990s skipped over neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, where steel mills stood as empty, hulking monuments to a crumbling civic identity. Mayor Tom Murphy responded by shepherding $1.5 billion in potential redevelopment on more than 1,000 acres of brownfields: luxury homes, office and retail buildings, and 27 miles of riverfront parks.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Environmental Partnership With Celebrity Green Power
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Fairmont Hotel's & Resorts Green Partnership has teamed with the Los Angeles-based Environmental Media Association (EMA), a non-profit that connects Hollywood, the environmental community and consumers.

Official Says Efforts to Solve Global Water Crisis Falling Short
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - George Gedda, Associated Press

Hundreds of billions of dollars investment are needed annually to help resolve water supply and sanitation problems in the developing world, far exceeding the sums that donor countries are capable of providing, a senior State Department official said Wednesday.

EPA Proposes Cutting Diesel Exhaust from Equipment Powered by Stationary Diesel Engines
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Pollution from electrical generators, compressors, agricultural pumps and other equipment powered by stationary diesel engines would drop by as much as 90 percent under a government proposal, The Associated Press has learned.

Gaza Settlers Stoke Ecological Fears over Beach Villas
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Megan Goldin, Reuters

Standing on a sand dune, his hand shading his eyes from the bright glare of the Mediterranean sun, park ranger Yair Farjun prepares for battle as he surveys Israel's last untouched coastal reserve. His fight is a bloodless one -- to ensure the survival of sea turtles, snakes and desert mammals whose habitat is being threatened by the relocation of thousands of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip to the nearby Nitzanim coastline in Israel.

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