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Transporting Food Can Cost the Earth
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, an op/ed

When it comes to food, buying local has been the mantra of environmental groups for years. After all, it's pretty easy to conclude that transporting fruits and vegetables from one side of the globe to the other isn't very good for the planet.

Umbra on Hybrids vs. Biodiesel
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

A Prius-driving reader wonders whether he should invest in an even greener vehicle -- perhaps one that runs on straight vegetable oil. Advice guru Umbra Fisk compares the two eco-cars and announces her verdict -- in Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website.

Venezuela Defends Disputed Land Seizures
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Patrick Markey, Reuters

Venezuela Tuesday defended a plan to seize land from four private farms, including a UK-owned ranch and an eco-tourism reserve, after critics warned the move was illegal and would undermine investor confidence.

EarthTalk: Healthy Alternatives to Sugar
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Perhaps since the diet crazes of the 1970s, Americans have been looking to cut back on their intake of sugar. And doctors couldn’t be happier, as they consider the prevalence of sugar in our society a root cause of numerous health problems, including the recent trends in obesity and adult onset diabetes.

Nobel Peace Winner Appeals for Protection of African Forests in Rome
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Marta Falconi, Associated Press

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner appealed Tuesday for better protection of Central Africa's forests in an attempt to eradicate poverty and bring peace to the region, a U.N agency said.

Senate Votes to Open Oil Drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush.

New Fairy Shrimp Species Found in Idaho
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Boone, Associated Press

Biologists with the Idaho National Guard have discovered a new species of fairy shrimp living in the oft-dry lake beds of Idaho's desert.

Agency Orders Power Plant Mercury Pollution Cut by Nearly 50 Percent
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration on Tuesday ordered power plants to cut mercury pollution from U.S. smokestacks by nearly half within 15 years but left an out for the worst polluters.

Greens Clash over S. African Elephant Cull Question
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

A simmering battle over culling elephants has brought to light sharp divisions in the green movement over how to restrain a burgeoning population from outgrowing the confined wilderness of South Africa's parks.

Senate Prepares to Vote on Alaska Refuge Drilling Proposal
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Despite increased GOP strength, the Senate appeared to be evenly divided Tuesday in advance of a key vote on whether to allow oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge.

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