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Elephants Pitch in to Clear Debris in Thailand's Tsunami-Affected Areas

A year ago, they were filming battle scenes for the movie "Alexander." Now six elephants are pitching in to help with the massive cleanup from the tsunami that devastated many of Thailand's prime tourist destinations. >> Read the Full Article

Large Gambian Rats Worry Florida Officials

The Florida Keys, already dealing with invasive exotics from melaleuca to iguanas, have added another to the list of unwanted newcomers: the African Gambian pouch rat. >> Read the Full Article

Brown Deer, Wis., Firm Finds Niche in Global Air Pollution Control

At a time when many Wisconsin companies are alarmed about business and technology being exported to Asia, a small Brown Deer firm is proving that it can compete overseas through contracts in Taiwan, Korea and China. >> Read the Full Article

Pyramid Decision will Shape Food Industry

About 80 percent of Americans recognize the food pyramid -- the triangular reminder to build a diet on whole grains, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, have some meat and sprinkle in a few sweets -- but only about 4 percent actually use it, according to the Department of Agriculture. >> Read the Full Article

Canada Suspects Case of Mad Cow

Canadian officials yesterday said they may have discovered the country's second case of mad cow disease, one day after the Bush administration outlined a plan to reopen the U.S. border to imports of Canadian cattle. >> Read the Full Article

Religious Order Expands Mission to Include Environmental Justice

A Roman Catholic women's religious order has broadened its social justice mission to include environmental activism. >> Read the Full Article

Strawberry Grower Elevates Crop with Greenhouse Effect

Truth be told, semiretirement in his late 40s was getting boring for Allen J. Williford. He and his wife lived on their 56-foot boat Blonde Moment in the Florida Keys. He played games on a laptop computer. He fished and swam. >> Read the Full Article

Umbra Pinpoints the Top Things You Should Be Doing for the Planet

Unflagging research guru Umbra gets a lot of silly questions. We mean that in the nicest way, dear readers -- but honestly, the fate of the planet does not hinge on your decision about which solution you'll use to wash your fruit. A reader writes in to ask: Well, then, what does really matter? What are three or four things everybody should be doing? Umbra cuts to the chase on the Grist Magazine website. >> Read the Full Article

U.N. Warns of Rural Flight by Tsunami Victims

Beyond the threat of disease and hunger, tsunami-struck southern Asia risks a rural exodus without swift emergency aid to rebuild agriculture, a U.N. official warned. >> Read the Full Article

Rare Owl Attracts Gawkers in New York City's Central Park

Forget Pale Male and Lola -- there's a new bird celebrity in town. Bird fanatics are flocking to a tree near Tavern on the Green in Central Park, hoping to catch a peek of an ultra-rare boreal owl. >> Read the Full Article