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EarthNews Radio: FocusEarth.com
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

There is a significant movement in the finance world known as "socially responsible investing"; that is, investors who look for business opportunities that have a positive impact on the earth as well as the bottom line.

Salamander Species Has Deformities
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The hellbender salamander's numbers continue to decline, and wildlife officials say more are showing up with unexplained deformities.

Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp Set Farm Aid 20
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Conlon, Reuters

Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp announced plans Monday for Farm Aid No. 20, with an emphasis on saving family farms by creating demands for organic food and alternative energy sources.

As Landfills Close in Big Cities, Garbage Travels Farther
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - David B. Caruso, Associated Press

The trains that rumble from the Harlem River rail yard in the South Bronx are sealed tight, but there is no mistaking what lies inside them. The stench gives it away. The trains, some a mile long, are filled with garbage.

Richardson: Local Leaders Must Lead Fight on Global Warming
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Thiessen, Associated Press

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson urged mayors from across the nation Monday to take the lead in fighting global warming. "If we wait around for the Congress to ... take steps that are going to be significant, we are not going to address this problem," said Richardson, a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration and is now New Mexico's governor.

California Disabled Win Long Legal Battle for Access to National Parks
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Adam Tanner, Reuters

California has settled a legal fight dating back to 1998 and agreed to expand the number of state park trails accessible to the disabled, officials said Monday. Under a plan given preliminary approval by a federal court judge last Friday, California will add hundreds of miles (km) of special access trails over the next decade in its more than 270 parks.

Former Hills Bros Coffee Chairman Named Advisor to Coffee Pacifica
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Coffee Pacifica, Inc. announced today that Austin E. Hills, a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hills Bros Coffee, Inc. was appointed a special advisor to Coffee Pacifica.

Reading, Writing & Human Experimentation
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Brandon Stirling Baker

(By Brandon Stirling Baker) California law today allows pesticides that have not received full health, stability and efficacy tests to be used on school campuses. These products that are not fully registered are known as "experimental" or "conditionally registered" products. The fact that K-12 public schools are being targeted to test experimental or conditional use pesticide products is downright creepy. I'm 17 years old, and I'd like to live way past 18.

Statoil Plans to Develop New Offshore Oil Field in the Norwegian Sea
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Statoil ASA on Monday said it plans to develop a new oil and natural gas field called Tyrihans in the Norwegian Sea. The state-controlled company said project partners submitted plans to the oil ministry for approval in the 14 billion kroner ($2.1 billion) project, due to begin production in 2009.

Advocates Pitch Hemp as Farmers' Gold
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Kristin Collins, the News & Observer

Hemp wasn't always the pet plant of tie-dyed liberals. Its spiky leaves once covered thousands of acres across the country. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew it. An early draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. Betsy Ross' flag is said to have been sewn from hemp fabric.

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