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San Francisco Mulls Ban of Beloved Zoo Elephants

San Francisco officials pondered Thursday whether to stop keeping elephants in the city's zoo as activists pushed for a ban amid concerns about their conditions in captivity. >> Read the Full Article

Religion Can Be Powerful Tool for Protecting Ecology, Environmentalists Say

Religion can be used to mobilize people to protect the environment because spirituality is closely linked to nature, members of a panel on faith-based conservation said last week. >> Read the Full Article

North Dakota Experimental Forest a Surprise Success

A small forest that took root as an experiment some 70 years ago remains a largely overlooked oddity in a state known as the least-forested in the nation. But it has helped grow jobs and sprout millions of seedlings far beyond North Dakota. >> Read the Full Article

Umbra on Whether to Buy Your Sparkling Water at Wal-Mart

With the busiest shopping day of the year coming this Friday, Grist thinks it knows what's on your mind: globalization, the race to the bottom, sprawl, and low, low prices! OK, maybe not. But that's what's on Umbra's mind. A reader writes in asking what's wrong with a certain store that begins with "Wal" and ends in "Mart," and Umbra tells it like it is. (Hint: plenty.) Get the skinny on where not to buy your holiday gifts -- today on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

Congress OKs Funding for University of North Dakota Fuel-Cell Research Center

UND is one step closer to housing a $3 million hydrogen fuel cell research center. >> Read the Full Article

Now, Lexus Hybrid Due Out in April, Toyota Says

The gas/electric Lexus RX400h sport-utility vehicle will go on sale April 15 as a 2006 model, about four months later than planned. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Vows to Maintain Tariff Against Brazilian Orange Juice Products

During his Sept. 29 visit to a Lake Wales grove, President Bush gave Florida citrus officials a stronger pledge to preserve the federal tariff on Brazilian orange juice imports than the officials publicly acknowledged. >> Read the Full Article

Pawtucket, R.I., Mercury Spill Could Lead to Steep Fines

Two months ago, vandals broke into a storage shed belonging to New England Gas Co., smashed one jar containing mercury and took another to their apartment complex, causing a spill that contaminated the complex and setting off a cleanup that's still under way. >> Read the Full Article

North Carolina Set to Sue Over Coal Plants

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper said Friday that he intends to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to require reduced emissions from coal-fired power plants in 13 states that he says pollute North Carolina's air >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Seek Best Way to Clean Up the Toxic Passaic River in New Jersey

As Bob Chant squeezed through the gap in the chain-link fence, it was clear how little respect the Passaic River has gotten. >> Read the Full Article