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New Rules on Illegal Trails Don't Go Far Enough, Critics Say

Forest Service ranger Kevin Slagle struggles to keep his balance as he slides down a crudely cut trail in the Mount Hood National Forest. Not only is the rocky dirt path treacherous, Slagle says, it is eroding the land and hurting native trout and other species of animals. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Promises Lead-Remodeling Regulation by End of Year

The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it would propose regulations by the end of the year to limit people's exposures to lead paint during home remodeling. >> Read the Full Article

New Turbine Design May Boost Wind Energy

Recent howling winds have been like sweet music to one local company, which says its new vertical wind turbine is substantially more efficient than traditional propeller designs. >> Read the Full Article

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