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Caterpillars Invade New Mexico Forests

Some of northern New Mexico's aspen stands have been stripped of their leaves by masses of wriggling caterpillars in search of food and a place to build a home, but forest officials are confident the trees will recover in time to show off their brilliant colors. >> Read the Full Article

Researchers, Trackers Study Deer Populations

For a decade, governments throughout San Diego County have bought into the idea that wildlife and development could coexist, if enough open space was preserved with corridors built between them to allow animals to roam. >> Read the Full Article

Turning Waste to Wealth Advancing at Landfills, Farms

Jim Voss hopes his company will make a fortune out of garbage -- specifically the methane gas produced when tons of trash decay in landfills across the nation. That methane -- 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide -- has to go somewhere: federal rules requires large landfills to either burn it or pipe it away to be processed. >> Read the Full Article

Court Dismisses Challenge to Bush Administration on Rules over Logging in National Forests

A federal appeals court dismissed an attempt by environmental groups to restore a Clinton-era ban on logging in roadless areas of national forests, saying their appeal became irrelevant when the Bush administration adopted a replacement rule. >> Read the Full Article

Wyoming Commission Approves Grizzly Boundaries in Effort to Remove Federal Protections

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission set boundaries Tuesday for where grizzly bears can roam in the state in hopes of ending special federal protections and giving Wyoming, Montana and Idaho more control over the bears. >> Read the Full Article

Hurricane Dennis Flips Sunken Ship Upright off Key Largo

The former USS Spiegel Grove, serving as artificial reef on the bottom in 130 feet of water off Key Largo, flipped upright as the core of the storm passed some 200 miles to the west. The Spiegel Grove is the most popular artificial wreck in the Florida Keys, home at least 166 different fish species, said Lad Akins of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation. >> Read the Full Article

Program Encourages Governors to Help with Sensible Community Design

Governors can help foster sensible and sustainable community planning in their states by pursuing designs that don't unduly burden water supplies or force residents to drive everywhere they want to go, says a coalition pushing for new approaches to development. >> Read the Full Article

Reading, Writing & Human Experimentation

(By Brandon Stirling Baker) California law today allows pesticides that have not received full health, stability and efficacy tests to be used on school campuses. These products that are not fully registered are known as "experimental" or "conditionally registered" products. The fact that K-12 public schools are being targeted to test experimental or conditional use pesticide products is downright creepy. I'm 17 years old, and I'd like to live way past 18. >> Read the Full Article

Statoil Plans to Develop New Offshore Oil Field in the Norwegian Sea

Statoil ASA on Monday said it plans to develop a new oil and natural gas field called Tyrihans in the Norwegian Sea. The state-controlled company said project partners submitted plans to the oil ministry for approval in the 14 billion kroner ($2.1 billion) project, due to begin production in 2009. >> Read the Full Article

Advocates Pitch Hemp as Farmers' Gold

Hemp wasn't always the pet plant of tie-dyed liberals. Its spiky leaves once covered thousands of acres across the country. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew it. An early draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. Betsy Ross' flag is said to have been sewn from hemp fabric. >> Read the Full Article