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Biotech Business Spurs Debate
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Michelle Dunlop, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho

As Christine Davis scans the neighboring property full of jagged volcanic rock and brush, a look of anguish sweeps across her face.

Agriculture Research Faces Cuts in Bush Plan
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Sharon Kiley Mack, Bangor Daily News

All of the land-grant research facilities that serve Maine's agriculture industries -- potato, blueberry, apple, forestry and dairy -- are in jeopardy of losing their federal funding under President Bush's recent agricultural budget proposal.

On Beyond Organic: Bodycareless - What's in Our Soap?
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

According to the FDA, 89 percent of ingredients in mainstream cosmetics haven't been safety tested by an independent agency. Lotions, creams and shampoos, already full of petroleum-based toxins and synthetic chemicals, are now using penetration enhancers to make skin more absorbent.

Tsunami-Hit Beach May Become Turtle Haven
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Conservationists want to turn a popular Malaysian beach hit by the tsunami into a protected nesting area for endangered sea turtles, which hatched there for the first time in over a decade -- probably because of a drop-off in tourists after the disaster.

Brazil Vows Slowdown of Amazon Destruction
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Hay, Reuters

Destruction of Brazil's Amazon rain forest will slow down in 2005 after the murder of a U.S. nun prompted the government to launch an unprecedented crackdown on illegal loggers and ranchers, the head of Brazil's environment agency said Monday.

Cuba Calls on Citizens to Conserve Water to Confront Shortage
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Cuba urged its citizens Monday to cut back on water use, announcing that new measures will be necessary to fight a long-lasting dry spell.

Forest Fire Rages in Chile's Torres del Paine Park
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Hundreds of firefighters battled a major blaze Monday in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park that forced wildlife to flee and obscured views of the famous Horns of Paine peaks at the height of the tourist season.

Great Salt Lake Mercury Worries Scientists
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Federal scientists studying the Great Salt Lake have found some of the highest levels of mercury ever measured anywhere -- prompting concern about some of the migratory birds that feed on the lake's brine shrimp.

Canada Not Planning to Ban Popular Lawn Pesticide
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Davil Ljunggren, Reuters

Canada said Monday it did not plan to restrict the use of the popular garden pesticide 2,4-D and said it had found no evidence to support suggestions that the substance could cause cancer.

Coastlines Already Damaged by Pollution Suffered More from Tsunami than Others, Says U.N. Official
February 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Maliti, Associated Press

Coastlines already damaged by pollution and man's poor land management suffered more from the southeast Asian tsunami than those with healthy coral reefs and other natural protection, the U.N. environment chief said Monday.

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