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A Short History of Environmentalism -- A Guest Commentary
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Tensie Whelan, Rainforest Alliance

Environmentalists anticipate Earth Day all year, and then we're secretly relieved when it’s over. It seems to represent our dearest aspirations, and some of our best opportunities for media coverage, and yet compresses them impossibly into one, reductive, feel-good day a year.

China Releases Panda Into the Wild
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Audra Ang, Associated Press

China on Friday released a panda bred in captivity into the wild for the first time, and the animal scampered into a nearby bamboo forest where he will be monitored via satellite.

China Bans Waste Discharges Near Croplands
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China's legislature passed a law on Saturday barring sewage or chemical waste discharges into agricultural areas in an effort to improve the safety of produce, state media said.

Federal Grants Fund Suburban Bobcats Study
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Wilson Ring, Associated Press

In Vermont, state wildlife biologist Mark Freeman and his colleague Olivia LeMaistre are trying to determine how a species that's typically wary of humans is faring as development expands into rural areas.

California Frog at Center of Protection Debate
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

The national debate over protecting fragile species comes to life here, where upscale housing developments push ever deeper into the rumpled blanket of grassy hills at the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay area.

Across Asia, Governments Look to Crops to Offest Oil Dependence
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

All across Asia, governments are searching for crops that can help them offset a dependence on imported oil that can only skyrocket as their economies soar.

A Short History of Environmentalism
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Tensie Whelan, Rainforest Alliance

(By Tensie Whelan) Environmentalists anticipate Earth Day all year, and then we're secretly relieved when it’s over. It seems to represent our dearest aspirations, and some of our best opportunities for media coverage, and yet compresses them impossibly into one, reductive, feel-good day a year.

Flock of Endangered Birds Found in Cambodia
April 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A flock of one of the world's most endangered birds -- the white-shouldered ibis -- has been discovered in a remote province in northeast Cambodia, a conservationist said Monday.

Hundreds of Families in Brazil Evacuate Plantation of Major Wood-Pulp Producer
April 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexander V. Ragir, Associated Press

Hundreds of families in the northeastern state of Bahia vacated the eucalyptus plantation of a major Brazilian wood-pulp producer Thursday after being assured they would be compensated with land.

Ten States, DC Sue EPA over Power Plant Emissions
April 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Ben Berkowitz, Reuters

Ten states plus New York City and Washington, D.C., sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday, claiming newly adopted emissions standards do not do enough to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

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