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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.

Venezuela Targets Another Farm of UK Cattle Rancher
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Venezuelan authorities will take over another farm run by British meat producer Vestey Group, its third property targeted under President Hugo Chavez's land reforms, officials said.

Group Sets Benchmarks To Evaluate Boston Harbor's Health
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, The Boston Globe

For decades, Boston Harbor's environmental health was measured by how much raw sewage floated in it. Now, as a 20-year, $4 billion harbor cleanup enters its final stage, its well-being will be measured by populations of fish, numbers of days the water is swimmable, and eel grass quality, among other standards set by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.

Senate Agrees to Energy Tax Package
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

Industry groups and environmentalists lobbied hard to sway lawmakers' votes Monday as the Senate prepared for a major challenge to President Bush's global warming policy as part of emerging energy legislation.

Sierra Nevada Growth To Bring More Congestion, Development, Report Says
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

The population of the Sierra Nevada could triple in the next 35 years, threatening many of the mountain range's Gold Rush-era towns with sprawl, gridlock and pollution, according to a report released Tuesday.

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