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McDonald's to Sell Fair Trade Certified Coffee
October 28, 2005 12:00 AM -

McDonald's has announced it will serve Fair Trade certified coffee in 658 of its restaurants in New England and Albany, N.Y. Starting Nov. 1, participating locations will be switching 100% of their coffee products over to Fair Trade certified organic coffee from Newman's Own Organics, roasted by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

New Jersey Coalition Files Order to Stop Unregulated Waste Facilities at Rail Yards
October 28, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

A coalition of 10 New Jersey local governments, municipal associations and trade groups today requested the Federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) to rule against allowing unregulated waste facilities at rail yards to continue disregarding state environmental laws.

Officials Meet To Discuss Venezuelan Nuclear Energy Options
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Venezuelan officials are meeting with delegates from other Latin American countries this week to discuss nuclear energy and the feasibility of starting a peaceful nuclear program in Venezuela, the energy ministry said Wednesday.

Panel Doesn't Have Stomach for Foie Gras
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Gary Washburn, Chicago Tribune

After hearing a Hollywood actress compare the production of a delicacy made from the livers of geese and ducks to abuses at a notorious Iraqi prison, a City Council committee on Tuesday advanced a measure that would make Chicago a foie gras-free zone.

Honda Bets on Natural Gas Cars
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - James Hannah, Associated Press

Selling cars powered by natural gas to American drivers is no small challenge for Honda Motor Co. Natural-gas stations are few and far between, and until recently the vehicles were nearly as expensive to fuel up as their gasoline-powered counterparts.

Mexico Baby Turtles Thriving as Poachers Kept Out
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

About 13 million endangered Olive Ridley turtles have hatched on Mexico's Pacific beaches and scuttled safely into the sea so far this year, protected from poachers by armed guards deployed by the government, environmentalists said Tuesday.

Brazilian Police Arrest Dozens Accused of Forging Permits To Transport Amazon Lumber
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Brazilian federal police on Wednesday arrested at least 43 people accused of forging and selling permits for the transport of tens of millions of dollars (Euros) worth of illegally cut lumber, authorities said.

Parks Strive To Improve Tours
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - David Melmer, Indian Country Today

Depending on who tells the story, visitors to many national and state parks across the country may get the impression that American Indians never inhabited a particular region that in fact holds religious or cultural significance to local indigenous peoples.

Wondrously Blank: A Plea for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- A Guest Commentary
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - T.A. Barron

The world would be far poorer, Aldo Leopold famously observed, “without a blank spot on the map.” Yet it wasn’t long ago that U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski from Alaska stood in the Senate chamber and declared indignantly that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was no more remarkable than a blank piece of paper.

House Moves Toward Easing Offshore Drilling Ban, Opening Alaska Refuge
October 27, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A House committee on Wednesday approved a measure that would clear the way for oil and gas drilling in currently off-limits coastal waters and an Alaska wildlife refuge.

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