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China's Biggest Desalination Plant Opens Amid Efforts To Ease Water Shortage

China's biggest seawater desalination plant has begun operation at a power station on its southeastern coast amid efforts to ease nationwide water shortages, a news report said Saturday. >> Read the Full Article

Touch of Green Added to Building Materials

The EcoTimber, Marmoleum and Neil Kelly brands displayed at Greenmaker building-supply company in Chicago may not ring a bell with the general public, but for a growing number of homeowners the brands are a welcome alternative. >> Read the Full Article

Schools Look To Forests for Heating Fuel

The tiny Council School District used to pour thousands of dollars into outmoded oil and electric heaters. Nearby, the Forest Service burned brush piles on the mountainsides to keep the brush from fueling forest fires in dry summers. >> Read the Full Article

Bland Fall Foliage Blunts Tourism in Northern U.S.

In her quiet Vermont town, Cynthia Beaudette cannot recall a stranger autumn. The foliage that usually explodes in brilliant reds, yellows and orange across New England, drawing in thousands of tourists and their spending, was the dullest ever, she says. >> Read the Full Article

California Family Wins Record $22.6 Million Settlement over Toxic Mold in Home

A family who claims toxic mold in their home caused brain damage in their baby has reached a $22.6 million settlement against a lumber company and 16 other defendants. >> Read the Full Article

Trash Haulers Move Mountains, Yet More To Go

That mountainous mess of Wilma debris filling your front yard and killing your grass is not going to vanish overnight. Think more like New Year's night -- perhaps later. It may be 2006 before all the trash from Wilma is gone from South Florida, waste-management officials in Miami-Dade and Broward counties say. >> Read the Full Article

In the New China, There's Time To Chase the Nation's Own Loch Ness Monster

Reports of a Chinese "Bigfoot" have been picked up by the official Xinhua News Agency, while tourists have searched for the "Xiao Yeren," small wild men. UFO sightings are treated with great seriousness. A conference on the topic was held in September, and UFO buffs claim support from eminent scientists and liaisons with the country's secretive military. >> Read the Full Article

Longline Fishing Rules Limit Bird Deaths

New rules for longline fishing in the islands are saving the lives of sea birds who attempt to steal bait from hooks meant for swordfish, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Kerry Says Science Under Attack by Right-Wing Ideologues

Democratic Sen. John Kerry said Friday that science is under attack by right-wing ideologues and the Bush administration, citing their "rigid refusal to listen to what the Earth is trying to tell us." >> Read the Full Article

Global Warming Could Help Salmon in Norway, Report Says

Global warming may benefit salmon in Norwegian rivers by causing more rainfall that dilutes industrial acids blown from other parts of Europe, scientists said on Friday. >> Read the Full Article