Activists Promise No-Holds-Barred Fight over Brazil River Project
March 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Vivian Sequera, Associated Press
Activists on Wednesday vowed to fight to stop a huge river-diversion project meant to benefit millions by irrigating large sections of Brazil's arid northeast. The project will create a new channel for the 1,600-mile (2,700 kilometer) Sao Francisco River, Brazil's fourth-largest, to irrigate the arid Sertao region.
European Politics Turn Green, But How Much Is Hot Air?
March 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Arthur Max, Associated Press
British opposition leader David Cameron rides a bike to work. German Chancellor Angela Merkel switches to low-energy lightbulbs. Pro-business French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy promises to double taxes on polluters.
Thirsty Wild Camels Rampage in Aboriginal Community
March 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters
Wild camels in drought-stricken Australia are in plague proportions, damaging the environment and property as they compete with native animals for food and water.
Lawmakers Seek to Curb Trade in Illegal Timber
March 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press
It could be your new hardwood floor or coffee table, with a rich mahogany hue. While the wood may look good, there is a strong chance it came from timber harvested illegally in places such as Honduras, Indonesia or Peru, labor and environmental groups say.
Seed Supply Tight; Ethanol Market Encourages Farmers to Plant Massive Amounts of Corn
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press
A burgeoning ethanol market has the nation's farmers gearing up to plant massive amounts of corn this spring, creating shortages of some popular biotech hybrid seeds.
Study Finds Efficient Methods Could Bail Out Biofuels
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters
A new, more efficient method for manufacturing biofuels could generate enough fuel to supply the entire U.S. transportation sector while sharply reducing the amount of raw material required to make it, researchers said Monday.
Most of Europe and North America Have Reversed Deforestation
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Most countries in Europe and North America have reversed centuries of deforestation and are showing an increase in forest area, while most developing countries, especially in tropical areas, continue to experience high rates of deforestation, a U.N. agency said Tuesday.
Waterbirds Threatened, Need Better Flyways, Study Says
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Many species of waterbird are in decline because of a loss of wetland habitats and governments need to do more to protect "flyway" migration routes, an international study said on Monday.
Anglers Prepare for End of Bottomfishing in Remote Waters of Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
March 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press
In a marine area nearly the size of California, stretching northwest from the main Hawaiian islands, a handful of anglers still ply the waters, hooking seabass and snappers during trips that last days or weeks.
Biofuels Boom Raises Tough Questions
March 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Matt Crenson, Associated Press
America is drunk on ethanol. Farmers in the Midwest are sending billions of bushels of corn to refineries that turn it into billions of gallons of fuel. Automakers in Detroit have already built millions of cars, trucks and SUVs that can run on it, and are committed to making millions more.