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Taiwan's Aboriginals Try to Preserve Traditional Life in Face of Urban Encroachment
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Annie Huang, Associated Press

In a valley of pristine bamboo and cypress trees, Yasa T'iehmu painstakingly adds tufts of red and yellow flowers to his painting of a slender, nude aboriginal woman.

Senate Approves Weaker, Voluntary Climate Change Plan
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore and Tom Doggett, Reuters

An ambitious bipartisan plan to slow U.S. greenhouse gases with an emissions trading program collapsed in the Senate Tuesday after a key Republican threw his support behind a weaker, voluntary plan.

Tom Chappell Grows Tom's of Maine Into a National Company
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Grimaldi, The Providence Journal

Fair-trade coffee, tropical-flavored lip gloss, natural cotton clothing, organic grapes, whitening gel toothpaste ... each year, the list of products created by companies with socially conscious policies or using sustainable-growth methods grows.

In New Jersey, Solar Sells
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Kevin G. Demarrais, The Record

New Jersey will never replace Florida as the Sunshine State, but business leaders and government officials are hoping to make this the Solar State.

One Year After Investment: Pre-Financing Used To Make Possible The Sale Of Over 22.3 Million Pounds Of Coffee, Improve Circumstances For Small Coffee Farmers
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - CSRwire

One year after the Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) invested $1 million to support Latin American coffee farmers, the Calvert Foundation reported today that it so far has "recycled" those funds into $2.7 million worth of loans to coffee cooperatives, benefiting 24,400 of the world's smallest coffee farmers and supporting them in their efforts to export more than 22.3 million pounds of Fair Trade and shade-grown coffee.

Mass. Trees Attacked by Two Moth Species
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliette Wallack, Associated Press

The destruction is obvious through much of southeastern Massachusetts: Trees stripped of their leaves dot the landscape, leaving mostly brown and gray where green once was. Many of the leaves that have managed to withstand the attack bear evidence of the assault -- tiny bite marks and nibbles.

Office of Surface Mining Delays Changes to Buffer Zone Rule
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette

Bush administration officials announced that they will conduct a detailed environmental study before they scrap a federal rule that prohibits coal mining within 100 feet of streams.

EU Approves Plan for Industrial Carbon Dioxide Trading Rights for Greece
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jan Sliva, Associated Press

Greece became the last country to meet European Union criteria allowing emissions trading, joining a scheme at the heart of the EU's policy to cut carbon dioxide emissions, officials said Monday.

Mexican Nabbed Smuggling Tiger Cubs from U.S.
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

U.S. customs agents seized two rare white tiger cubs and nabbed a Mexican man as he smuggled them south over the border from Texas in his truck, authorities said Monday.

Arsenic-Eating Fern Holds Hope for Tainted Soils
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Gordon, The News Tribune

State pollution fighters planted a small patch of pitiful-looking plants inside a wire cage in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park and labeled them poison. The 100 subtropical ferns inside the test plot near Fort Nisqually are part of a two-year, $30,000 experiment in pollution control that began in April on Vashon and Maury islands.

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