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Highways, Development Imprison Black Bears

When Murphy regained his freedom 4 1/2 years ago, he became one of a handful of Florida black bears living in coastal Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. >> Read the Full Article

Dean Foods Sees Soy Milk as Good Source of Income

Anyone who thinks soy won't amount to a hill of beans hasn't looked at Dean Foods Co.'s Silk business. >> Read the Full Article

Tax Breaks Could Provide Windfall for Alternative-energy Industry

The wind energy industry is expected to exit its funk now that Congress has passed a tax bill that includes an extension of wind-power incentives through next year. >> Read the Full Article

India's Kashmir Govt to Fight Ban on Shahtoosh Wool

India's Jammu and Kashmir state plans to fight a global ban on the trade in super-fine shahtoosh wool, which environmentalists say is produced by killing a rare Tibetan antelope. >> Read the Full Article

Pond Suspected Link in Chain of Bird Flu Infection in Cambodia

The latest outbreak of bird flu in Cambodia may have originated from pond water containing the droppings of infected wild birds, a senior agriculture official said this week. >> Read the Full Article

Groups Challenge Rules Allowing Fewer Reviews of Pesticides' Impact on Endangered Species

Environmental groups went to court Thursday against Bush administration rules that allow the use of new pesticides with fewer checks on how they affect endangered species. >> Read the Full Article

Federal Plan Would Cut Back Bull Trout Habitat

A recovery plan being finalized this week would sharply reduce the amount of federally designated critical habitat for the threatened bull trout in three Western states and eliminate federal requirements for such habitat in Montana. >> Read the Full Article

Acid Rain Pollution Rose 4 Percent in 2003

Emissions of sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain, rose 4 percent in 2003, but probably will not compromise long-term air quality goals according to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency. >> Read the Full Article

Deadly Floods in Haiti Blamed on Deforestation, Poverty

The torrents of water that raged down upon Haiti, killing more people than in all other hurricanes this year, are testimony to a human-made ecological disaster fed by poverty that has transformed once-verdant hills into a moonscape of bedrock ravaged by ravines. >> Read the Full Article

Saving Water Cuts Energy Use, Says Report

As California's electricity demand sets record highs and the southwest United States is parched by drought, a new report shows the hidden connection between two scarce resources: energy and water. The report's authors say that saving water is an untapped way to also save energy and even to keep the lights on when the electric grid is strained during hot summer months. >> Read the Full Article