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Gene-Modified Grass Spreads Far, U.S. Study Finds
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Genetically engineered grass developed for use on golf courses can spread its modified genes for miles, carried by ultra-light pollen particles, U.S. government researchers said this week.

Coos County, Ore., settles environmental damage suit with Sierra Club
September 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Winston Ross, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore.

Coos County settled yet another claim Wednesday over environmental damage caused by construction of its taxpayer-funded $51 million natural gas pipeline.

Clearing the Air for Our Kids
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, an op/ed

Air pollution is often accepted as part of life in urban areas. But new studies have shown that our complacency could come at the expense of our health. And we need to do more if we want to avoid an increasingly smoggy future.

EPA Hopes to Have New Radiation Standard for Waste Site Early Next Year
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Trying to overcome a possibly crippling court decision, the Environmental Protection Agency hopes to have a proposal by early next year on new radiation exposure limits at a proposed nuclear waste site in Nevada.

Thai Scientists Begin Probe in Big Orangutan Case
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Thai scientists began an investigation this week into what some conservationists believe could be the world's biggest case of ape smuggling: nearly 100 orangutans found in a Bangkok amusement park.

Chilean Sea Bass Smugglers Are Flooding Markets with Illegal Catch
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press

Federal authorities along the West Coast have seized more than 600,000 pounds of suspected illegal Chilean sea bass in recent weeks, a US$10 million haul that environmentalists say reflects a thriving black market trade in the delicate, tasty fish.

Know Your Food
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

Fast food is such an integral part of our culture that rarely do we take a step back and remember (let alone insist) that there are alternatives.

Washington Scientists Study Whether Whale Watching Poses Threat to Orcas
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Killer whales get the superstar treatment every summer off the Washington coast, where tourists fill up whale-watching boats to catch a glimpse of the majestic animals. Now, researchers are studying whether all the attention could be a bad thing.

Canada Blocks Asbestos Type from Global Toxic List
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Cyrille Cartier, Reuters

Canada has blocked the addition of a carcinogenic type of asbestos to a global list of toxic chemicals, a move that environmentalists said could undermine efforts to protect people and the environment.

Governors Worry Proposed Ocean Trust Fund Might Spur More Offshore Drilling
September 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

A presidential commission has modified its proposal for a trust fund that would use up to $4 billion in annual offshore oil and gas royalties to safeguard oceans and coastal areas. The change was to answer governors' fears the idea might spur more drilling off their coasts.

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