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Extended Producer Responsibility
April 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Sheehan and Helen Spiegelman, Product Policy Institute

(By Bill Sheehan and Helen Spiegelman) A century ago Europe and North America unknowingly adopted a policy that gave rise to the modern Throwaway Society. Convenient collection and disposal of “municipal”Ě refuse became a public service provided by local communities at taxpayer expense.

Japanese, Russian Leaders Meet to Discuss Siberian Oil Pipeline
April 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Senior Japanese and Russian officials met Thursday to discuss a proposal to build a 4,100-kilometer (2,550-mile) crude oil pipeline from Siberia to Russia's Pacific Coast, from where oil could be shipped to energy-hungry consumers in Japan.

Salmon Fishing Halted on Columbia River Amid Concern about Chinook Population
April 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

An agency that regulates the West Coast's biggest river has halted sport and commercial fishing for three kinds of fish after scientists became alarmed about a mysterious collapse in the population of salmon.

Recycler Shows Off Plant
April 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Levensohn, The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.

The solution to Sullivan County's trash woes might just be found in some cutting-edge technology being developed by Taylor Recycling Facility.

Brazil Land Conflicts Worst in Decades, Report Says
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Land battles in Brazil's countryside reached the highest level in at least 20 years in 2004 as activists clashed with farmers and loggers advancing on savanna and Amazon rain forest, a nongovernmental group said Tuesday.

West's Water Troubles Getting Worse, Officials Say
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Christopher Smith, Associated Press

Entering the sixth year of a record dry spell in much of the West is bad enough. But what really worries the head of the federal agency that delivers water to more than 30 million people and 10 million acres of farmland is what happens when the region's precipitation returns to normal.

Chilean Report Links Copec Pulp Plant to Dead Swans
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Valdivia wood pulp plant, owned by the forestry arm of Chile's biggest industrial group Copec, seriously polluted a wetlands sanctuary, causing the deaths of black-necked swans, said an official report published Monday.

Old Growth Up, Spotted Owl Numbers Down
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Ten years after the Northwest Forest Plan sharply reduced logging on national forests in the region, the amount of old growth forest is up but northern spotted owl populations are down and with no clear reason why, scientists reported Tuesday.

Report Says Ships' Tainted Ballast Water Threatens Great Lakes with Foreign Organisms
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Oceangoing freighters that claim to be empty of ballast water before entering the Great Lakes routinely carry organisms that endanger the water bodies, a new report shows.

Canadian Inuit Leader Wins Norway's Sophie Environment Prize
April 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

Canadian Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier won the 2005 Sophia environment prize Wednesday for drawing attention to the impact of climate change and pollution on the traditional lifestyles of the Arctic's indigenous people and others.

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