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Bhutan's Green Postage Stamp, A Mini CD ROM
December 31, 2007 10:43 PM -

PITTSBURGH - The tiny nation of Bhutan, whose national credo is "Gross National Happiness," has launched an innovative postage stamps to support its economic development-and to preserve its pristine Himalayan environment-at the same time. The CD stamps are the latest in a series of postage stamp "firsts" by Bhutan since the 1960s. The stamps are mini-CDs that fit into exquisitely decorated self-adhesive envelopes. When affixed to a larger envelop, the CD stamp can be used as postage.

U.S. Organic Cotton Production Gains Ground
December 31, 2007 10:00 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

GREENFIELD, Mass. - U.S. acreage planted to organic cotton in 2006 increased 14% from that planted the previous year, according to a 2007 survey conducted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and funded by a grant from Cotton Incorporated.

Conifers or condos?
December 31, 2007 09:39 PM - Sandra Hines, University of Washington

Seattle, Washington - The Northwest Environmental Forum is a University of Washington College of Forest Resources think tank involving forest companies, small landowners, environmental advocates, Native American tribes, government agencies and land conservation organizations is trying to decide how to develop strategies for the legislature, the Department of Natural Resources, other land owners and non-governmental organizations to retain and acquire working forests in the state.

Chile approves native forest law after 15 years
December 31, 2007 12:18 PM - , SciDevNet

[SANTIAGO] The Chilean parliament has unanimously approved a law to preserve the country's forests, promote their sustainable use and foster related scientific research.

Biofuels, the Biggest Scam Going
December 30, 2007 12:13 PM - , Organic Consumers Association

Where is agriculture headed? Can we feed a growing population and meet the demand for biofuels in the Industrialized North? Supporters of biofuel agriculture, (grain and chemical companies, Wall St. investors, politicians and most University researchers) avoid mentioning the cost of inputs, the fossil fuels, the environmental damage, the physical toll on animals and humans, and the growing problem of hunger that will accompany the switch from food to energy crop production. They want us to believe the switch to energy crops will be so easy and so practical.

Southern Indiana Is Greener, But For How Long?
December 30, 2007 12:02 PM - Indiana University

"Land owners in Indiana today are making different decisions about their land than those who lived here in the 1930s," said IU Bloomington geographer Tom Evans. "But we have seen a flattening out of the reforestation curve, and if things keep going the way they're going, it will eventually be surpassed by deforestation rates tied to suburban growth." Evans and University of Minnesota geographer Steven Manson apply a modern methodology to land use patterns in Monroe County, Indiana, and southern Yucatan, Mexico. The two researchers argue that some land use models fail to make accurate economic predictions when they overlook diversity in land use preferences at an individual level.

Unethical Ethanol Tariff
December 28, 2007 12:00 PM - Adam Dean, Global Policy Innovations Program

Brazilian President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva and U.S. President Bush met last week at Camp David to discuss the future of ethanol. As the world's largest producer of sugar and a pioneer in the production of ethanol, Brazil is a key ally in Bush's plan to reduce America's foreign oil dependence and environmental footprint. Imports of Brazilian ethanol could be a major step toward achieving Bush's goal of reducing American gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next ten years. As ethanol can be produced from sugar, increased consumption of the fuel in the United States could also lead to a higher commodity price for sugar producers in Brazil, with the potential to lift thousands out of poverty.

Traditional medicine plants disappearing as demand rises
December 27, 2007 03:22 PM - Carol Campbell, SciDevNet

Johannesburg - A dwindling supply of wild medicinal plants is threatening South Africa's traditional medicine industry, according to new research. In a paper published by the nongovernmental organisation Health Systems Trust this month, researchers found that the demand for traditional medicine is higher than ever — stimulated by HIV/AIDS, unemployment and rapid urbanisation.

Antibiotics in Feed, MRSA, & Factory Farms: Will We Let Corporate Agribusiness Kill Us?
December 27, 2007 10:42 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

A new study published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases links a new strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), once found only in pigs, to more than 20 percent of all human MRSA infections in the Netherlands (the study can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/13/12/1834.htm).

Coffee, tea linked to lower risk of kidney cancer
December 24, 2007 11:01 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Coffee and tea lovers may have a slightly reduced risk of developing kidney cancer, research hints. The findings, based on an analysis of 13 previous studies, suggest that coffee and tea may be protective against kidney cancer, while milk, soda and juice seem to have no effect one way or the other.

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