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Little Fire Ants Invade the Big Island

It doesn't make as much noise as the coqui frog, but the little fire ant has invaded the Big Island, stinging fruit pickers and homeowners alike. >> Read the Full Article

EarthTalk: Combatting Sprawl with 'Smart Growth'

Sprawl is the tendency of cities to expand into outlying agricultural and rural lands, creating developed suburbs where there was once open space. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Cities Eye Ocean Waves for Power Supplies

Since ancient times poets have revered the power of the seas. Now energy companies and coastal cities like New York and San Francisco are aiming to tap ocean waves and tidal currents as abundant sources of electricity. >> Read the Full Article

President's Budget Cuts Funding for Fisheries Programs

Five months after a presidential commission recommended spending billions more to protect the nation's oceans, the White House has proposed a budget that would reduce funding for fisheries and eliminate the Pacific Islands regional office in Hawaii. >> Read the Full Article

Reef Expert Gives Back to Asia

The horrific images of tsunami-battered shores in Southeast Asia recalled to Deborah Brosnan her own personal disaster in that part of the world. She and her husband, Steven Courtney, survived a fiery jet crash in Taipei, Taiwan, that killed 83 passengers in 2000. >> Read the Full Article

Unions Lobbying Democrats to Back President's Clean Air Plan

A coalition of labor unions -- traditionally a bastion of support for Democrats -- are lobbying senators of that party in favor of President Bush's air-pollution plan. >> Read the Full Article

Study Finds Pollution May Affect Babies' Genes

A study of New York City newborns suggests that prenatal exposure to air pollution may be linked to genetic changes associated with an increased risk of cancer, researchers said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

Congressional Challenges in 2005

(By Buck Parker) With the official start of the second Bush administration, much of the environmental community's focus is on the actions of the Executive Branch. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Plan Streamlines Strip Mine Permits

The Bush administration on Thursday announced a plan to allow states to streamline the way coal operators obtain new strip mine permits. >> Read the Full Article

City to Meet over Contract to Clean Up Harmful Agents

City councilors will meet at 7 p.m. today to agree to a contract with Solvents & Petroleum Service Inc., Syracuse, to dispose of heavy detergents, sludge, dry bleach and other hazardous material from the former Quik-Rite Dry Cleaners. >> Read the Full Article