Panama Banana Growers Fear EU Tariffs May Spell End
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Powers, Reuters
On an industrial dump outside town, one-time banana worker Giovanni Morales climbs down into a toxic pit with a blunt pickaxe in search of scrap metal. Morales is one of about 9,000 former banana workers in Puerto Armuelles, one of Panama's biggest banana-producing regions, who lost their jobs when the industry took its latest downturn in 2003 due to a disease that ruined the crop.
Ford's Amazon Rubber Town Dreams of a Brighter Future
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Peter Blackburn, Reuters
Deep in the Amazon rainforest lies what looks a small U.S. Midwestern town, with neat white clapboard bungalows, trim gardens and spacious streets. A closer look at the main street reveals the paint is peeling and the roads have potholes. Instead of cars, there are bicycles and instead of bustle, there is silence.
C&A Floorcoverings Earns Environmentally Preferable Product Certification for Ethos Brand Carpet Backing
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN
C&A Floorcoverings (C&A), a Tandus company, announced Monday that it has earned Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) certification for ethos Cushion 100 Roll Goods, a high recycled content, cushion backing for six-foot broadloom carpet.
Cyclists Stage Naked Demonstrations in London, Madrid Against Over-Use of Cars
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Hundreds of naked cyclists staged demonstrations Saturday to protest the West's dependence on gas-guzzling cars -- and to push for more use of bicycles.
Arizona's Pronghorns Making Comeback
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur H. Rotstein, Associated Press
About 2 1/2 years ago, the survival chances for Arizona's endangered Sonoran pronghorns were grim. Victimized by prolonged drought, only an estimated 21 of the sleek desert-dwelling animals were left in this country; their extinction appeared inevitable.
Neighbors Defending Mountainous Pile of Mining Waste; EPA Says It Must Go
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Suhr, Associated Press
You won't hear Elwood "Knot" Ragsdale or many others along Buckley Street call the mining waste towering 30 stories above their homes a neighborhood eyesore, a wind-swept legacy of the community's bygone days of keeping the nation supplied with lead.
Wisconsin Wildlife Officials Net Rare White Muskie
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Imrie, Associated Press
This is indeed a fish story -- not about the one that got away but about a rare one. A white muskellunge is swimming in the waters of Lake Tomahawk, in the northern part of the state. State fisheries experts captured it in nets during a population survey in April and released it back into the lake.
Utilities Show Interest in New Nuclear Plants for First Time Since TMI Accident
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
For two months, Ray Ganthner took to the road, visiting a dozen power companies to find out if his bosses should take a $100 million gamble.
Judge Orders Increased Spills on Snake and Columbia River Dams in Salmon Protection Case
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press
A federal judge ordered U.S. officials to increase the volume of water spilled through five dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers to make it easier for imperiled salmon species to reach the ocean.
Spain's Worst Drought in Six Decades Prompts Debate over Water Resources
June 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Ciaran Oiles, Associated Press
No sooner are you off the plane at Alicante's sunblasted airport but the billboards leap out with enticing advertisements of palm-treed, seaside villas, swimming pools and emerald green golf courses.