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Scientists Crack DNA Code of Rice
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press

An international team of scientists has deciphered the genetic code of rice, an advance that should speed improvements in a crop that feeds more than half the world's population.

EU Blames Drought, Human Negligence for Rise in Forest Fires in Southern Europe
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Constant Brand, Associated Press

Drought and human negligence are to blame for the recent rise in forest fires across Europe, the European Union's head office said Wednesday, warning the situation in southern Europe remained precarious.

Barges Lighten Loads, Hope for Rain as Drought Lowers River Levels
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Suhr, Associated Press

As the Midwest's worst drought in 17 years continues to lower inland rivers, Larry Daily and other barge operators shake their heads at sunny skies and hope for rain -- lots of it -- to buoy their cargos, spirits and bottom lines.

Carbonfund.org Makes it Possble to Offset Business, Home and Travel Climate Footprint
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

As a socially responsible business or individual concerned about climate change, what do you do after you've changed your lighting, heating and other energy-using appliances?

Living with the Legacy of 'Away' -- A Guest Commentary
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation

What do you do with waste? Why, you throw it away, of course. But think about the term, "throw it away." Where exactly is this "away" place and what happens to things when they get there?

Agricultural Fires Jump by 60 Percent in Brazilian Amazon State
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The number of fires in a large Amazon state has jumped by nearly 60 percent, stirring fears of a destructive burning season, environmental officials said Wednesday.

Laurie Garrett: Are We Prepared for Avian Flu?
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Motavalli, E - The Environmental Magazine

Laurie Garrett, the only reporter to win all three of journalism's big "P awards (the Peabody, the Polk and the Pulitzer) is extraordinarily well positioned to tell the frightening and emerging story of avian flu. She answers questions posed by Jim Motavalli of E - The Environmental Magazine.

EarthNews Radio: Venture Capital for Conservationists
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Here's an interesting idea: a venture capital model for conservationists. In this EarthNews Radio piece, Jerry Kay tells you about an organization using such a model.

Air Pollution Hits Emergency Level in Malaysian Port Town from Indonesian Forest Haze
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jasbant Singh, Associated Press

Air pollution exceeded emergency levels in two Malaysian towns Thursday as a smoky haze from forest fires in Indonesia shrouded Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs in a pall of noxious fumes in the country's worst environmental crisis since 1997.

American Research Team to Study Impact of U.S.-Owned Smelter on Peru Townspeople
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Vecchio, Associated Press

A research team from an American university will study the impact toxic emissions are having on townspeople in La Oroya, a bleak, smoke-choked town where a U.S. company operates a metallurgical plant.

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