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Experts See Increasing Energy from Sugar
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sweets and soda pop are far from the only ways to get an energy jolt out of sugar. Experts who gathered here this week for a conference on sugar technology said they were coaxing more power from cane, either before or after it's been squeezed of sugar.

EPA Overlooked Health Impact...
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration overlooked health effects and sided with the electric industry in developing rules for cutting toxic mercury pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general said Thursday.

Week In Review: January 31st - February 4th
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Carrie Schluter, ENN

Global warming grabbed headlines this week with news from Exeter, England, site of a major climate conference called "Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change."

Guards, Governments Seek to Save African Forests
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Gray, Reuters

Patrolling in a wooden boat between the thickly forested banks of the broad Sangha river, the four "eco-guards" have something to show for their efforts to tackle poaching in this swathe of central Africa.

Bush Seeks $867 Million Budget for Forest Thinning
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Bush administration will ask Congress to increase funding to $867 million in fiscal year 2006 for a plan to help reduce the risk of wildfires in federal forests, a senior administration official said Thursday.

500 Hours Achieved in Biomass Power Generation
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

An Osaka-based company on Friday succeeded in generating electricity with biomass fuels for 500 consecutive hours, one of the longest records in the world, at a test facility in Yamaguchi City, company officials said.

Florida Revisits Manatee Status
February 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Ludmilla Lelis, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

State wildlife officials took a jump Thursday toward potentially taking manatees off the endangered-species list, rejecting environmentalists' concerns that Florida's classification system is flawed.

Rare Plant Nearly Wiped Out by Work Crew
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

One of California's rarest plants was nearly wiped out of existence when Marin County workers used a backhoe to clear a plugged roadside drain in the species' sole habitat.

Insurers Agree to $93 Million Settlement Over Hazardous Waste Site in California
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

California has won a $93 million settlement with 16 insurance companies over cleanup costs at a notorious hazardous waste site.

Lawmakers Float Plan for Underwater Logging
February 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Christina Siderius, The Seattle Times

A forest of old-growth trees is submerged in Lake Washington, perfectly preserved and possibly worth a small fortune. Under a bill proposed in the state Senate, this underwater timber could be harvested to raise money for the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington.

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