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Florida Homeowner and Island Officials Locked in Turf War over Plastic Lawn
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A homeowner and officials of this wealthy island community are locked in a turf war -- an artificial turf war.

Jimmy Carter Urged to Give Fish a Chance
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A prominent U.S.-based animal rights group urged former President Jimmy Carter Monday to give up fishing on the grounds that the activity was inconsistent the Nobel peace laureate's humanitarian efforts.

All We are is Farms in the Wind: Umbra Opines on Wind Farms
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

Wind turbines have been getting a bum rap in certain circles of late, for grinding up birds and such. Do the critics have a point, asks a concerned reader, or are they just NIMBY whiners who should be grateful for the spread of a clean, green form of energy? The ever-sagacious Umbra Fisk weighs in -- today on the Grist Magazine website.

Rats Killed and Tons of Waste Removed in Rare Cleanup of Kenya's Main Market
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Workers at Kenya's main market killed some 6,000 rats, trucked away 750 tons (680 metric tons) of garbage and sucked 70 tons (64 metric tons) of human waste out of latrines in three days of the first major cleanup of the market in 30 years, an official said.

Carolinas Work to Make Coastal Protection Plans' Recommendations Reality
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Brock Vergakis, The Sun News

The Carolinas are starting the new year with expanded blueprints for protecting their coastal environments and the billions of dollars in revenue from fisheries and tourism that come along with it.

Chileans Upset over Dead Swans, Some Blame Pulp Mill
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Katie Burford, Reuters

Emaciated black-necked swans have been falling from the sky here, alarming people in this scenic university town and setting off a national clamor.

Sierra Club Seeks to Stop Las Vegas Freeway Widening on Pollution Grounds
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Ken Ritter, Associated Press

In a case with broad national implications, the Sierra Club wants to stop the widening of a freeway in fast-growing Las Vegas until the government proves the health of people living nearby won't be harmed by the automobile exhaust.

Animals Across South Asia in Danger after Tsunami Muddies Water, Kills Owners
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Miranda Leitsinger, Associated Press

The tsunami that pounded South Asia last week has created a second tier of victims: animals.

Electric Vehicle Converts Happy to Avoid Pumps, Accept Cars' Limitations
January 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Popely, Chicago Tribune

When Ted Lowe tallies how much he has shelled out for gasoline this year, he gets a knot in his stomach.

Elders' Sea Knowledge Spares Some Thais
January 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Knowledge of the ocean and its currents passed down from generation to generation of a group of Thai fishermen known as the Morgan sea gypsies saved an entire village from the Asian tsunami, a newspaper said Saturday.

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